​​​The California State University has been selected by the U.S. Department of Labor to continue to design and deliver www.SkillsCommons.org, a repository of no-cost open access learning resources needed to earn degrees and train for high-demand industries such as manufacturing, healthcare, energy and information technology. The website is designed and managed by the CSU Office of the Chancellor and its Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) program in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor. With more than 6,000 Open Educational Resources (OER) and more in development from recipients of the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants, SkillsCommons.org is the world’s largest OER project featuring job-driven workforce development materials.

“The CSU is honored to produce this open educational service to support free access to innovative workforce development resources,” said Gerry Hanley, assistant vice chancellor of Academic Technology Services. “It is another testament to the CSU’s nationwide reputation for leadership in OER and MERLOT’s worldwide network of peer-reviewed materials.”

In addition to being a repository of career technical educational materials, SkillsCommons provides all recipients of TACCCT grants and anyone using and adapting the OER, an extensive collection of support services and guidelines for producing and using high quality, accessible OER. All teaching, learning and program support materials on SkillsCommons are available under a Creative Commons license that allows others to use and adapt the materials for free.

The Department of Labor has invested nearly $2 billion over four years in TAACCCT and most grants are still underway. The grants provide 256 institutions of higher learning with “funds to expand and improve their ability to deliver education and career training programs that can be completed in two years or less.”

The training programs housed in SkillsCommons are suited for workers who are eligible for the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for Workers Program, as well as other adults. All content available through SkillsCommons also can be accessed by workforce training programs sponsored by K-12 schools and four-year universities. Grantees have developed or revised more than 2,300 programs of study to date.

To reach the SkillsCommons team for information and support, emailsupport@skillscommons.org.