NACOGDOCHES, Texas — A new partnership with Coursera, a global online learning platform, will give Stephen F. Austin State University students, employees and alumni the opportunity to earn more than 40 professional certifications and develop a competitive edge in their current and future careers.

Made possible by SFA’s affiliation with The University of Texas System, the partnership gives Lumberjacks free access to Career Academy, which features more than 300 short courses taught by leading companies, including Google, IBM and Meta.

“This is an exciting opportunity for all members of the Lumberjack family to continue to sharpen their skills to meet the demands of regional and national economies,” said Megan Weatherly, executive director of the Lumberjack Learning Commons at SFA. “Pairing a college degree with a certificate from one of these leading corporations will signal to others that Lumberjacks are both broadly educated and specifically skilled.” 

SFA employees can start earning such certifications as Google Cybersecurity, IBM Project Management and Meta Social Media Marketing through their mySFA portal. SFA students will be able to access the Career Academy through mySFA when they return for the university’s spring semester, which begins Jan. 18.

University students and employees who already have a Coursera account can create another with their SFA email addresses to access Career Academy for free.

Coursera will be offered as an SFA Alumni Association member benefit later in the spring when the alumni portal launches. More details will be announced in the spring.

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