Online Skill-Building Modules

The CCPD has begun to compile a list of online skill-building modules that do not have a cost or a start date. We would welcome your suggestions for additional free, asynchronous online courses.  We recommend that students take advantage of these resources to build skills over break.


Programming Skills

  • w3schools – offers free courses in HTML/CSS, JavaScript, HTML Graphics, SQL/PHP/ASP, XML and more.
  • Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 9 different programming languages including Python, PHP, jQuery, JavaScript, AngularJS, and Ruby, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS.
  • You don’t have to be considering a career in IT to benefit from learning to code. By knowing even the fundamentals of tech, you’ll both understand more about how the tools you use every day work and be able to complete more tasks on your own (a.k.a., not have to wait for tech’s help when something goes awry). Sign up for the Skillcrush 10-day Bootcamp to learn the basics of the languages used to create websites, HTML and CSS, and wield your new tech superpowers to code your first web page.
  • Java Tutorial for Complete Beginners is just one of the free courses provided at Udemy.

Online Marketing

  • Online Advertising from OPEN2STUDY – Learn how to set realistic and measurable campaign objectives, identify the steps involved in digital campaign planning, and understand the process of selling an online ad program.
  • Email Marketing – Sign up for an account with MailChimp, one of the most popular email marketing services, and work through its Getting Started guide. Then pick a group of people and shoot out an awesome newsletter to them. Visit Email Design Guide for advanced formatting tips.
  • SEO for SEO Beginners from Udemy – Heard of SEO, but never got the chance to understand what it actually is? Learn the three pillars of powerful SEO and get to the top of the search results.
  • Diploma in E-Business from ALISON – Concrete skills you’ll have by the end of the course include using AdSense and AdWords, analyzing revenue metrics and custom reporting, and navigating Google Analytics reports.
  • Getting Started With Email Marketing from Skillshare – MailChimp’s Allyson Van Houten teaches you how to craft an email marketing strategy.

Social Media

  • Social Media 101 – Email marketing provider Constant Contact created this online tutorial to get you started on building your social media presence across all of the top social networks—from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+.
  • Social Media Management through Hootsuite – Of course companies need to be available and active on social media now if they want to stay in touch with their customers and build a following. As do you if you want to become any kind of thought leader in your field. But wrangling all the different online outlets day after day can get tricky. That’s where social media management tools come in. Learning how to plan and schedule tweets, posts, and pins in an organized way will make any type of branding (company or personal) more efficient. Sign up for Hootsuite, read through the quick start guide, and commit to scheduling out your own social media for the week.

Content Management System (CMS) / Blogging

  • CMS stands for “Content Management System”—it’s a tool for handling online content like web pages, blog posts, images, videos, e-commerce, and so on. So any company with any content at all has a CMS. While they’re all a little different, once you learn one, you can figure out almost any other. Make a site just for fun (or finally launch that blog you’ve been dreaming of) with WordPress and start getting to know how a site’s backend works. You don’t have to actually publish anything; by just spending time learning how all the pieces fit together, you’ll gain knowledge on what it takes to go from idea to completed post. If you need help getting started, check this tutorial for design tips and the WordPress “Blogging University” for post creation tips.

Digital Etiquette

Financial Literacy

  • Cash Course – CashCourse is your real-life guide to taking charge of your money. Online personal finance tools help you build real-life-ready financial skills.




  • Entrepreneurship 101: Who Is Your Customer? From edX – Originally taught through MIT, this class includes case studies of entrepreneurs in mobile apps, 3D printing, and international development.
  • Growth Strategies for Business from ALISON – Learn about the changes, transformations, strategies, and mistakes that need to be considered when growing a business internationally.
  • Entrepreneurship and Family Business from OPEN2STUDY – Interested in learning about entrepreneurial characteristics and psychology, intrapreneurship, or family businesses? Study everything from the role of power and politics in businesses to managing the family while managing the business.
  • Build. Measure. Learn. Lean Startup SXSW 2012 from Udemu – Recorded at SXSW Interactive 2012, this course provides all the presentations from the Lean Startup event. You’ll learn lean startup methodology from some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs and startup experts like Steve Blank, Scott Cook, and Todd Park.

Are we missing something? Please submit additional asynchronous course links to Rachel Wood.