WHRO launches online work readiness initiative

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe speaks at the launch announcement.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced a new online workforce initiative alongside local and educational leaders Friday.

SkillsOnline will provide online skills-based courses needed for 21st century jobs.

The website, which is offered through public media station WHRO, offers courses in 19 industries, including accounting and bookkeeping, health, logistics and operations as well as programming.

“Workforce development is a key component for creating a new Virginia economy. The work readiness modules are an example of the public-private partnership that is increasing access for Virginians to workforce training, will help employers put more Virginians to work, and will provide no-cost resources for educators and local government training providers,” Gov. McAuliffe said.

The courses will be available to those in K-12, community colleges, social service agencies and other outlets throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“WHRO’s career readiness modules are an important tool for students of all ages to get access to the skills they need to succeed in careers of the 21st century,” Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones said during the event.

WHRO is one of 34 stations involved in the American Graduate initiative.

The courses are tuition based and typically range between $99 and $125.

To learn more about WHRO’s SkillsOnline, visit the website at http://skillsonline.org/