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Community Skills Initiative is a free program built upon Microsoft’s Global Skills Initiative to help professionals and job seekers successfully navigate the paths to in-demand roles in a more digital economy.


Online Training For Job Seekers, Professionals,
and Students

Learn in-demand skills for free

Upskill at your own pace, in your own home or on the go, with Community Skills Initiative and NCW Tech Alliance. Courses are available in English and Spanish.

FREE on-demand courses with certificates

These courses don't take a lot of time to complete, and they can quickly equip you with new skills.


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Join the free UpSkill-A-Thon challenge 


Cash Prizes Available!


Everyone who earns a certificate of completion (for courses) or a Career Essentials Certificate (for entire learning pathways) could win a cash prize.


We welcome anyone with a mailing address in the following counties in Washington State to participate: Adams, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Ferry, and Okanogan. See our FAQ page for instructions on how to sign up for a free LinkedIn account if you don't already have one.

How it works

The more you learn, the more points you earn!

  • The competition runs from Feb. 1, 2024 until Mar. 31st, 2024  

  • Must be 16+ to enter

  • A team is 2+ people

  • You must have a free LinkedIn account to earn certificates.


  • 1 point for each course finished

  • Triple points for each AI course finished

  • 10 bonus points for completing a learning pathway 


  • $1000 - Top team with the most points for any pathway

  • $500 - Top individual with the most points from any pathway

  • $500 - Wildcard drawing for anyone who finished an AI pathway

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