Online course in Eastern WA builds skills for remote work

Rural residents in Eastern Washington can gain skills to compete for remote work in the post-pandemic economy through a completely online, professional certificate course. 

Launched this fall, the Remote Worker Certification course, hosted by WSU Extension, is a one-month, 30-hour program that helps prepare participants to be effective remote workers, whether as employees, entrepreneurs, or freelancers.  

The next session begins Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, and runs through Jan. 28. Application deadline is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021.

Developed by Utah State University Extension, this course has been made available to Washington residents with support from the Washington Rural Initiative, a partnership between Washington State University Extension and the AWB Institute with support from Avista and STCU. 

 The registration fee for the course is $299. Scholarships are available for those in the Avista service area, and who are currently unemployed or underemployed.

The course announcement is focused on Lincoln, Spokane, and Whitman counties, but is open to participants from other locations. It is offered monthly, except December and July. 

“If an individual has the skills, and the certificate to demonstrate they have those skills, they can be competitive in the digital employment marketplace,” said Mike Gaffney, assistant director of WSU Extension. “This project provides the key to a door that individuals in rural communities might not otherwise be able to walk through.”

Students will learn how to improve time management, gain familiarity with a variety of online communication and project management tools, create a digital work portfolio, start a career development plan, and work to develop many other skills. The course also covers how to execute a successful job search.

At the end of the four weeks, participants will receive a certificate of completion of the Remote Work Professional course jointly issued by WSU and USU.  

For more information or to start your registration process, visit the Remote Work Certificate course website.

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