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More than 1,000 people have signed up for; people considering free job training urged to visit site

In less than 24 hours after the launch of the website, more than 1,000 Oʻahu residents enrolled in free job training classes offered by the City and County of Honolulu and the University of Hawaiʻi.The goal is to provide 2,000 trainings for qualified applicants. The program was announced Monday.

"I thank everyone who has signed up and the future enrollees for contributing to the recovery of our island home," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "I encourage everyone who is thinking about acquiring new skills in this COVID economy to visit"

To qualify, a person must be an adult living on Oʻahu whose employment was disrupted by COVID-19 impacts such as lost hours, furloughs or job loss.

"The University of Hawaiʻi is committed to providing the training and education that our residents need," said UH President David Lassner."O‘ahu Back to Work helps struggling individuals and, by preparing them for today's jobs, bolsters the state's economic recovery."

More than 100 courses are available at the University of Hawai‘i community colleges and the UH Mānoa Outreach College in a diverse range from healthcare to technology and security guard to skilled trades. University officials noted that there is a wide variety of classes, and people can only sign up for one class of 40 hours or more or two classes of shorter durations.

Oʻahu Back to Work is a short-term employment training program. Classes run from October 5, 2020 to December 30, 2020.

Courses will be provided virtually, with a few in-person exceptions, in Honolulu.

The City and County of Honolulu is sponsoring Oʻahu Back to Work with CARES Act funds. Go to for more information or to sign up for the free courses.

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