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The US Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program has created a free and open online library called SkillsCommons containing free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development. The Open Educational Resources (OER) are produced by over 700 community colleges across the nation and can be found, reused, revised, retained, redistributed and remixed by individuals, institutions, and industry. SkillsCommons.org is designed and managed by the California State University and its MERLOT program for the Department of Labor's TAACCCT program.
We have selected over 100 FREE AND OPEN courseware files that you can use as part of your textbook affordability program.
Open CourseWare are collections of fully online learning materials organized in the scope and sequence of a college course. The online course materials are free and open for anyone to use and the learner can use the open courseware to acquire skills and knowledge at their own pace and on their own time. There is no instructor for open courseware.
You can download the course curriculum and use and revise some or all of the materials for our own courses FOR FREE.
Using the links below you can browse for Open CourseWare in SkillsCommons by various Occupations identified by the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) codes. The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) System is a United States government system of classifying occupations. It is used by U.S. federal government agencies collecting occupational data, enabling comparison of occupations across data sets. For more information visit the U. S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classifciation (SOC) system.
Are you using free eTextbooks in your teaching or your learning? Have you created free eTextbooks? We invite you to catalog these resources in MERLOT. Your colleagues and students around the world will thank you!
First: Become a member of MERLOT (It will take about 2 minutes and it’s FREE).
Second: Fill out the online form to Contribute a Material. (It will take about 4 minutes the first time and step-by-step instructions for contributing materials (PDF) to MERLOT are available).