Palm Beach United Way offering new online learning program to help adults build career skills

People in Palm Beach County are getting the chance to learn some new skills and maybe get a better job because of it.The town of Palm Beach United Way just announced a new online training program called the American Dream Academy.It aims to teach technical skills that helps adults get certificates to land in-demand jobs. The courses that people can take are designed by some of the largest companies in the US, like IBM, Meta, and Google — all for free.Stay informed: Local coverage from WPBF 25 News“This is a win-win,” said Beth Walton, CEO of the Town of Palm Beach United Way.She said that’s why they partnered with the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream to bring it to Palm Beach County.“It is a program that will offer certificates in several different areas to anybody participating. And those certificates are things like IT support Google Analytics, cybersecurity,” Walton said.The training is offered online through Coursera, and its free for US residents 18 years or older who have a high school diploma or equivalent.Walton said its great opportunity for people who are already employed to enhance their skillset, but also those unemployed or underemployed.According to data from the United Way of Florida, single adults with one child in childcare would need to make just over $26 an hour to cover the bare minimum of living expenses.Right now, minimum wage in Florida is $10 an hour.“If you’re not employed, what a great opportunity, if you were, you know, getting certified and Google Analytics, I mean, jobs started in those fields that you know, $55 to $60,000 a year. So this is huge, right?” Walton said.Nationwide, the program has 200,000 spots—first come, first served.Since joining on May 1, Walton said Palm Beach County has jumped to the number-two spot for national participation.“We’re trying to promote it as much if we can. Because it’s really a great opportunity,” Walton said.The American Dream Academy is a six-month program.People who sign up should be able to commit five to 10 hours a week to complete it. Also, Walton said all the courses are college accredited, so people who intend to enroll in a college or university can use their certificates for college credit.Follow us on social: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

People in Palm Beach County are getting the chance to learn some new skills and maybe get a better job because of it.

The town of Palm Beach United Way just announced a new online training program called the American Dream Academy.

It aims to teach technical skills that helps adults get certificates to land in-demand jobs. The courses that people can take are designed by some of the largest companies in the US, like IBM, Meta, and Google — all for free.

stay informed: Local coverage from WPBF 25 News

“This is a win-win,” said Beth Walton, CEO of the Town of Palm Beach United Way.

She said that’s why they partnered with the Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream to bring it to Palm Beach County.

“It is a program that will offer certificates in several different areas to anybody participating. And those certificates are things like IT support Google Analytics, cybersecurity,” Walton said.

The training is offered online through Coursera, and its free for US residents 18 years or older who have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Walton said its great opportunity for people who are already employed to enhance their skillset, but also those unemployed or underemployed.

According to data from the United Way of Florida, single adults with one child in childcare would need to make just over $26 an hour to cover the bare minimum of living expenses.

Right now, minimum wage in Florida is $10 an hour.

“If you’re not employed, what a great opportunity, if you were, you know, getting certified and Google Analytics, I mean, jobs started in those fields that you know, $55 to $60,000 a year. So this is huge, right?” Walton said.

Nationwide, the program has 200,000 spots—first come, first served.

Since joining on May 1, Walton said Palm Beach County has jumped to the number-two spot for national participation.

“We’re trying to promote it as much as we can. Because it’s really a great opportunity,” Walton said.

The American Dream Academy is a six-month program.

People who sign up should be able to commit five to 10 hours a week to complete it. Also, Walton said all the courses are college accredited, so people who intend to enroll in a college or university can use their certificates for college credit.

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