The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress with overwhelming, bipartisan support and signed into law by President Trump on March 27th, 2020. Through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, the CARES Act provides for payments to State, Local, and Tribal governments navigating the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

The CARES Act established the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Treasury has made payments from the Fund to States and eligible units of local government; the District of Columbia and U.S. Territories (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands); and Tribal governments (collectively “governments”). WorkforceGPS will spotlight the CARES Act in Action in the States.

The following State initiatives are focused on upskilling and reskilling. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has partnered with Coursera to provide free career-focused, online learning resources to Minnesotans. Coursera offers 3,800 courses and training modules from over 200 top businesses and universities, including more than 60 courses from the University of Minnesota. These learning opportunities are aimed at preparing people for in-demand jobs.


ReSkillMS was created to provide workforce training that helps Mississippians find job opportunities quickly with higher pay than their pre-COVID-19 occupation.


SDUpskill consists of 22 online certificate programs in high-demand fields, including business, healthcare, information technology, and manufacturing.


Your Next Step Indiana’s Rapid Recovery for a Better Future initiative developed an online hub that includes resources for career coaching resources and prior learning assessment that enables credit for previous experiences to meet personal economic and education goals.