For a limited time, many of Tennessee’s community and technical colleges are offering free or discounted online courses to help Tennesseans learn new skills, refresh old skills and increase their employability. 

Courses vary by college, but anyone may enroll regardless of their location.   


The following courses from ED2GO are available free through our colleges, provided one enrolls June 30 and completes 24 hours of self-paced training within 90 days of registration. Participants are welcome to take as many free courses as they like. These courses do not require applying to the college. Simply register online to begin. 

The following courses are available:   

  • Creating Web Pages
  • Creating WordPress Websites
  • Fundamentals of Supervision and Management
  • Individual Excellence
  • Keys to Effective Communication
  • Managing Customer Service
  • Marketing Your Business on the Internet
  • Personal Finance
  • Small Business Marketing on a Shoestring
  • Twelve Steps to a Successful Job Search


In addition to free courses, many of our colleges are offering discounted courses in a variety of areas. 

Columbia State

Training Bundles

At Columbia State, you may choose between four predesigned training bundles and two create-your-own bundle options for only $49. The programming is tailored toward residents who recently became unemployed. The courses discuss entrepreneurship, redesigning your career, how to build your brand online through Google AdWords, and more.

Online Certification Programs:

  • Pharmacy Tech Program - 50 hours
  • Certified Clinical Medical Assistant - 140 hours
  • Medical Administrative Assistant - 50 hours
  • Dialysis Technician - 50 hours
  • Electronic Health Records Management - 50 hours
  • Veterinary Assistant - 100 hours

Jackson State

Online Career Building Certifications 

FANUC Training
Jackson State Community College is a FANUC authorized Satellite Training Center (FAST) 

JSCC Workforce can also provide customized on-site training in PLC, Leadership Skills, GD & T, Lean and many other topics, contact us for more details

Motlow State

Motlow State has created the MotlowTrained Relief Fund to allow residents within the college’s 11-county service area who has experienced any loss of income as a result of COVID-19 to enroll in training through the MotlowTrained program at no cost. The training can allow those who are now facing financial hardship to upskill for advancement into higher-paying positions, re-enter the workforce, or make a career change. 

Relief funding for local entrepreneurs will fund training in e-Commerce and digital marketing through our MotlowTrained Small Business Accelerator Academy to help small businesses quickly re-open and recover from the current economic crisis. To learn more about Motlow's Relief Fund training options contact Kathy Parker at

GoogleIT Specialist Certificate
Through a grant opportunity with Jobs For the Future and Google, Motlow is offering the GoogleIT Specialist Certificate program at no cost to 20 select applicants. The course is fully online and Motlow State faculty will provide additional learning supports to enhance student learning and success along with the opportunity to earn prior learning credit upon successful completion. To Apply Contact:


Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing

The Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing at Northeast State is offering a wide range of trainings for the manufacturing industry. Training categories include Directions for WorkKeys Training, Manufacturing, Payment for Testing Services, Safety Training and Workforce Ready Certificate of Completion. A full list of courses is available online.

Roane State

Roane State has the following online courses:

  • AEMT Refresher Course
  • EMR Refresher Course
  • EMT Refresher Course
  • Fundamentals of IV Therapy (IV Push) Course
  • Paramedic Refresher Course
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) Prep Course
  • SHRM-CP Prep Course
  • Parenting & Divorce Seminar
  • Environmental Infection Protection (COVID-19) Cleaning (late May)

Southwest Tennessee 


Southwest Workforce & Community Solutions is sharing free online, training and certification opportunities for hospitality-centered businesses and individuals. We hope that you will utilize these amazing options to gain valuable skills. Offer ends May 31, 2020.

  • ServSafe is offering a food handler training and certification exam at no charge. Visit their website to sign up. Select “Get it Free Now,” then select the “ServSafe Food Handler Online Course and Assessment BUNDLE.”
  • American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute is offering free training in the following areas: 
    • Supervisory Skill Builders -- suitable for entry-level hospitality employee, hospitality supervisor. 
    • Hospitality Manager: Leadership -- suitable for entry-level hospitality employee, hospitality supervisor, hospitality manager, general manager.
    • Certified Hotel Administrator Online Review (training only, no certification exam) -- suitable for hospitality supervisor, hospitality manager, general manager 

For more information on these courses or additional training opportunities offered through Southwest, contact Amy Shead,, 901.333.4763.

Amatrol Electrical Skills Virtual Training Bundles
Experience the convenience of an online learning/training solution with access to in-depth, industry experienced instructors. With 24 x 7 access, Amatrol’s eLearning program delivers educational opportunities for technical skill development previously restricted to the classroom. The material is self-paced, making it ideal for individual use. Course bundles include access to 1-1 live tutorial and technical support by our subject matter experts- with access to Virtual Training and Support for 4 months.

  • Bundle #1: Electrical 1 (60 Hours): 
    • AC/DC Electrical Systems 
    • Electrical Control 
    • Electric Motor Control 
  • Bundle #2: Electrical 2 (60 Hours): 
    • Mastering Programmable Controllers - Allen Bradley
      • Programmable Controller Operation
      • Troubleshooting
      • Ethernet Communication
      • Project Elements
      • Timer Instructions
      • Event Sequencing 
      • Counter Instructions
      • HMI Ethernet Operation
  • BONUS Free Courses: 
    • 1) Principles of Advanced Manufacturing and 
    • 2) Lean Overview and Workplace Organization
    • An opportunity to practice in a hands-on lab environment, when campus access returns.
  • Cost: $395.00/bundle, $750 for two bundles
    • Organizations that enroll 2 or more students receive a $50 discount 

For more information or to sign up, contact Glenda D. Collins, PhD,, PH: 901.333.4316.

Volunteer State

OSHA Training

Volunteer State is home to Tennessee's only lead OSHA Training Institute Education Center training. The OTIEC at Vol State recently received approval from OSHA to deliver OSHA trainings via live video formats. Prior to COVID-19, OSHA did not permit the delivery of OSHA trainings via live/online video formats, thus the opportunity to obtain OSHA credentials has expanded for the participants convenience. Please note, these are instructor led courses so they will occur live.

In partnership with the Nashville Area Chamber, Volunteer State is offering a discount to any individual or employer that is a member of the Nashville Area Chamber to complete OSHA courses online.

More information on each course, Use promo code CHAMBER to receive 10% off the course fee. If you need assistance, call 615-230-3358 or email

Walters State

Additional Online Courses:

Walters State Community College offers many online short-term programs from six, 12 and 18 weeks in length.  Cost of the classes range from free to $115, $135, $199 and $299.

Courses include:

  • Business
  • Accounting Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Quickbooks
  • Talent and Performance Management
  • Construction and Trade
  • Manufacturing Applications and Fundamentals
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Networking
  • Introduction and Advanced to PC Security
  • CompTIA Security+ Certification Prep
  • Computer Science
  • Database Management
  • Database Programs