Digital Literacy Trainings for Parents 

Keeping Your Kids Safe & Positive Online [ ENGLISH & SPANISH ]
Family Financial Planning [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]
Tuition-Free English Courses [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]
Learn How to Code for Free [ ENGLISH ]
Finish High School for Free [ ENGLISH | SPANISH ]



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

Find a Northstar location:

Looking to learn basic computer skills at no cost? Get started by viewing our step-by-step guide on how to access online trainings, with the support of a Northstar partner in your community




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.

Attend a Free Workshop

Register for online trainings led by experts from organizations in your community.


Learn Skills On Your Own

Learn at your own pace with self-guided trainings focused on building basic skills.


Get Technical Support

Talk with someone who can help solve issues related to devices, connectivity and computer-related questions.