DHS Family Community Resource
State government office
2753 W North Ave · (773) 292-7200
Association House of Chicago
Social services organization
1116 N Kedzie Ave · (773) 772-7170
El Rescate 
Homeless shelter in Chicago, Illinois
Address2703 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622
Trina Davila Community Services center

Address4300 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60639


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Northstar helps you build skills in three main areas:

  • Computer Skills: Internet basics, using email, Windows and Mac OS
  • Software Skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint; and Google Docs
  • Daily Life: Social media, job searching, supporting K-12 distance learning, online safety

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Interested in learning new job skills or earning a professional certification? Chicago Connected participants can now access free world-class content taught by instructors from over 190 of the world’s leading universities and organizations through Coursera.

A Coursera license includes free access to:

  • Over 5,000 courses in multiple languages, including Spanish (sample courses: The Art of the Job Interview, Excel Skills for Business, Introduction to Data Analytics, A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment, and more!)
  • Over 30 professional certificates (sample certificates: Data Analytics, IT Support, UX Design, Social Media Marketer, and more!)

How to get started:

  • Invitations to request a Coursera license will be shared with Chicago Connected participants through CPS Parent Universities and Chicago Connected community partners. If granted a license, learners will have access for four months, with the opportunity to renew.    
  • Questions? Get in touch with your local Parent University at [email protected]

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