Ready To Achieve Your Dreams?

The American Dream Academy can help you get there.

The American Dream Academy is a new tuition-free, six-month online program. Our mission is to help you gain the skills needed to pursue a great job or continue your education. We will support you every step of the way.

Don't wait: programming including live, virtual workshops and webinars begins on 1st, 2022. Click the button below to register and start learning!

Free And Flexible Online Education, Built For You

The American Dream Academy is focused on creating meaningful opportunities for you to develop new skills to enter in-demand jobs fields or to prepare to earn a four-year college degree, regardless of your background or goals.

We are looking for learners who:

  • Are dedicated to continuing your education or advancing your career.
  • Are committed to spending approximately five to ten hours a week for the six-month program.
  • Are 18 or older, a resident of the United States, and have a valid, government-issued ID.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent and are English-language proficient.

Explore the Program

The flexible program includes courses, all offered for free on Coursera’s global online learning platform, that you can move through at your own pace as well as support to help you complete them. These include:

  • Courses that build job-ready skills:
    You can select from courses created by some of America’s largest companies, including IBM, Meta, Google, and Salesforce, that provide certificates for in-demand jobs like data analysis, IT support, cybersecurity, project management, sales operations and development, and digital social media marketing.
  • Courses that are pre-approved for college credit:
    The Google and IBM certificates have received American Council of Education (ACE®) Credit Recommendations. Learners who complete any of these certificates are eligible to earn up to 12 college credits— the equivalent of four college courses at the bachelor's degree level.
  • Courses that build workplace skills:
    You can select from courses created by America’s leading academic institutions focused on skills employers value most, including communications, problem solving, critical thinking, and growth mindset. These courses are designed to prepare you for the demands of the 21st century workforce and give you the confidence to succeed. The Academy also offers optional career readiness courses to help you prepare for interviews and build your resume.
  • Comprehensive programming and support:
    You will have access to activities that help you assess your strengths, define your purpose and set goals, and build tools to help you succeed in the workplace, along with a community of peer learners.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before I Join

How To Join

  • Step 1: Register HERE with your name, email address, and zip code and click on “Start Learning.” You will be automatically redirected to Coursera to log in or create a new account.
  • Step 2: Log into Coursera if you have an existing account. If you are a new user, click on ‘Sign Up’ to create a new account.
  • Step 3: If you are new to Coursera, you will need to verify your email first before joining the program.

Coursera is a global online learning platform where learners can engage in courses offered by over 200 world-class universities and companies. All of The American Dream Academy coursework is available on Coursera.

Once I Join

  • Step 1:  Select one Career Certificate course and two workplace skills courses.
  • Step 2: Complete the introductory Beginning with Me course before you start your Career Certificate and workplace skills courses, which you can complete at your own pace.
  • Step 3: Choose to participate in any of the optional career readiness courses and community programming that consists of live, virtual events, such as workshops and panel discussions, to interact with experts and your peers.

The choice of courses you take is up to you. You will be able to select from Career Certificates and workplace skills courses created by some of America’s largest companies, including IBM, Meta, Google, and Salesforce, and top-level universities.

The Career Certificates offered by The American Dream Academy are designed to prepare you to pursue an in-demand career and require no previous experience. You are required to complete one of them. They include:

  • IBM Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Meta: Facebook Social Media Marketing
  • Google Data Analytics
  • Google IT Support
  • Google Project Management
  • Google UX Design
  • Google Digital Marketing & E-Commerce
  • Salesforce Sales Development Representative
  • Salesforce Sales Operations

You can refer to the Certificate Pathways chart to read information about each Career Certificate, including the skills you will learn, the entry-level jobs each one prepares you for, and the average salary and number of open positions for jobs in each area.

Workplace skills are often referred to as "soft" or "durable" skills. They relate to how you work, solve problems, and interact with colleagues. They include skills like communications, leadership, and critical thinking. They are critical to success and are requested by employers three times more than technical skills. The American Dream Academy offers a collection of workplace skills courses for you to choose from.

The workplace skills courses in The American Dream Academy reflect the skills most requested by employers. You are required to complete two of them. They include:

  • Communications Strategies for a Virtual Age (University of Toronto)
  • Business Writing (University of Colorado Boulder)
  • Foundations of Everyday Leadership (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
  • The Growth Mindset (University of California Davis)
  • Critical Thinking Skills for the Professional (University of California Davis)
  • Strategic Self-Marketing and Personal Branding (The State University of New York)

None. No degree or prior experience is required.

Yes. The American Dream Academy is designed to be flexible. You can complete the Beginning with Me course, Career Certificates, and workplace skills courses at your own pace within six months from the registration deadline.

Yes. Some Career Certificates are eligible for pre-approved transfer credit at Western Governors University (WGU) and the University of North Texas (UNT). More information on transferring credits will be available to you after you enroll. They are:

  • IBM Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Google Data Analytics
  • Google IT Support
  • Google Project Management
  • Google UX Design

You can start working on the Beginning with Me course, Career Certificate, and workplace skills courses as soon as you register.

Community programming includes live, virtual events with your peers that occur throughout the program, and help you define your purpose, set goals, and prepare for your next opportunity. Participation in community programming is optional.

After I Complete the Program

All of the Google certificates outline role specific resume and interviewing help directly within the certificate, including 12 months of free access to Big Interview, which provides hands-on practice with mock interviews tailored to specific job fields. Following completion of a Google Career Certificate, learners have the opportunity to connect with over 150 companies in our employer consortium that consider graduates for jobs, including SAP, Verizon, Wayfair, and Google. In addition, learners who complete Google certificate graduates can sign up, at no cost, with Career Circle, a workforce development staffing agency, to create a profile and have the opportunity to work 1:1 with recruiting experts, to receive resume support and coaching, and get help connecting to jobs. Graduates need to be eligible to work in the U.S.

I Have Technical Questions

For troubleshooting login and account issues, please visit the Coursera Learner Help Center.

Other Questions

The Milken Center for Advancing the American Dream is a national nonprofit organization located in Washington, D.C. It exists to help make access to the American Dream—however you define it and wherever you are—more available to everyone. The Center works on both sides of the access equation: making resources available to visitors on-line and in person to help them acquire the skills needed to achieve their personal dreams; and at the same time, work with the private sector, government, non-profit and community leaders to help advance fairness in education, funding, finance and health resources and policies.

The American Dream Academy works with a variety of partners across the corporate, non profit, and public sectors to support learner participation and engagement, and broaden opportunity.

There are several different ways to support the program. To discuss further, email us at [email protected].