About Us

Our Mission

SkillsCommons’ mission is to accelerate the democratization of education for all through open educational services and resources enabling individuals, communities, educational institutions, organizations, and businesses to prepare people for successful employment in the 21st Century.

Our History

The US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program 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 $1.9 billion investment by the US Department of Labor produced a comprehensive collection of workforce-related Open Educational Resources (OER) created by over 700 community colleges across the nation.  The OER can be found, reused, revised, retained, redistributed and remixed by an individual, institution, and industry for FREE with the proper attribution to the original author of the resources.

SkillsCommons.org was designed and managed by the California State University Long Beach (CSULB) and its MERLOT program for the Department of Labor’s TAACCCT program under a 4+ year cooperative agreement. The California State University Long Beach /MERLOT team worked with other TAACCCT partners to support the TAACCCT grantees in the creation and contribution of quality OER that remain available in the SkillsCommons online library. SkillsCommons is sustained as a CSULB-MERLOT service now that the cooperative agreement has concluded.

SkillsCommons Milestones

Accessible version of timeline.

SkillsCommons Homepage SkillsCommons Support Center SkillsCommons Makeover Strategy SkillsCommons Social Media SkillsCommons Connect Center 1st Annual community TAACCCT Meeting SkillsCommons Showcase Center SkillsCommons Statistics Module SkillsCommons Homepage

The CSULB-MERLOT strategy is to develop SkillsCommons.org services to:

  • Capture and preserve instructional and program support materials produced and/or used by TAACCCT grantees to deliver their innovative workforce development programs
  • Enable discovery of the SkillsCommons.org materials so others can easily reuse the materials to accelerate and expand access to workforce development programs.
  • Build communities with members from higher education, industry, and local, regional, state, and national organizations to assure the quality and growth in the collection of free, open, reusable and effective instructional and program support materials
  • Build sustainable organizations and services enabling the longer term returns on the TAACCCT investments.
  • Provide equally effective access to our website, products, and technologies for all users, including those with disabilities. Please see our Accessibility Support Strategy for more information.

With over 700 institutions contributing to the repository, the open library of materials at SkillsCommons.org will expand over the next few years. New features are being developed that will allow end-users to better preview courses and materials in the repository.

Our dedicated team of leaders, librarians, educators, developers and technologists are here to assist you. In addition to our Support Services Center, questions may be submitted to support@skillscommons.org.

 California State University, Long Beach    MERLOT Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching