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pln skillsoft1According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the California Community Colleges (CCC) currently offers more online education courses than any other public higher education institution in the nation.

The success in delivering high quality and cost-effective online educational resources is very much dependent upon the ability to provide IT infrastructure, technical support, training and deployment of solutions that enable faculty to create engaging courses, and students to learn from them and be successful in their coursework. Because of this, and many other factors, continuing training for IT staff is a high priority for the CCC and a new outlet has emerged to help – the Professional Learning Network (PLN).

The PLN is a one-stop site for professional development training and resources. An important element of the PLN is the Learn Academy, a place that provides free access to training sites such as, Grovo and now Skillsoft. What is different about Skillsoft is that its focus is on providing IT-related preparatory courses toward specialized IT certifications, such as CompTIA, MCSE and more. These are courses that can cost thousands of dollars outside of the system, and are now provided completely free to all faculty and staff through the PLN.

“We are excited to launch Skillsoft and make this coursework available to the thousands of IT professionals employed by the CCC,” said Michelle DuBreuil, PLN Project Manager. “We hope that it helps our staff and faculty stay on the cutting edge of educational technology offerings.”

Many Programs Offered

California Community Colleges Professional Learning NetworkCertification programs available include Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Certified Cloud Security Professional, PMI – Agile Certified Practitioner, Project Management Professional and many more. These courses are set up to provide the learner with the knowledge necessary to pass the vendor certification exam.

While the exams aren’t part of the Skillsoft offerings, users are provided the training necessary to pass the exams, which are offered locally at different locations throughout the state. Specific companies offering specialized training include Microsoft, Oracle, Amazon and others.

In addition to technical certification courses, Skillsoft, along with Lynda and Grovo, offer hundreds of business-related courses, and micro trainings on the newest social, email and collaboration tools.

To access all of this free training, all employees need to do is sign up for their free PLN account. Click on this link to be taken to the PLN registration page and get started today!

Andrea Chatwood is Online Content Curator for
the California Community College Professional Learning Network