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In order to take the courses and pathways, you must have a free LinkedIn profile account, which can be acquired HERE. (Please note that a LinkedIn account is required, but a LinkedIn Learning account is optional.)

About Skill-IT-Thon

Skill-It-Thon is a statewide digital skills initiative, generously supported by Microsoft TechSpark and built upon the Skills for Jobs learning pathways. The initiative is designed to drive inclusive economic growth in Mississippi by helping job seekers successfully navigate the paths to in-demand roles in a more digital economy.


These role-based learning paths can be completed in a short amount of time and provide opportunities for people—at any stage in their career—to reskill and upskill for in-demand roles.


From May 1 through June 30, participants can earn points with a certificate of completion for a Foundational Skills course (worth one point) or Career Essentials Certificate for a Career pathway (worth 10 points). The more you learn, the more points you earn! Top winners in each category can earn cash prizes.


*These pathways and courses are available to all registrants regardless of challenge participation.


The Goals

• Promote digital skills and employability.

• Offer learning pathways and industry-recognized credentials.

• Create equitable access to new and updated skill sets.


Fill out the registration form in the orange boxes at the top or bottom of this page. Once you submit your registration, you will be assigned a unique participant identification number through a confirmation email. 

Please save this ID number, as you will need to refer to it frequently throughout the competition.

All of the learning pathways and courses use the LinkedIn Learning website. You will need to sign up for a free LinkedIn account. If you already have a LinkedIn account, you can participate in the Skill-IT-Thon with your existing account.

Click on any learning pathway or course on the Skill-IT-Thon website to be routed to the corresponding LinkedIn page. Watch all videos and take all quizzes with each resource. After completing videos and quizzes, return to the courses page for further opportunities. (Note that only courses and pathways available through the Skill-IT-Thon website count towards the challenge.)

As you complete courses and learning pathways, you will gain access to completion certificates from LinkedIn. To get points towards cash prizes, submit your certificates to Skill-IT-Thon using the submission form. Don't wait until the last minute, submit as you go. Certificates must be completed and submitted to Skill-IT-Thon by midnight, June 30, 2023.

For each certificate you submit, you will receive a confirmation email. Each completed course (certificate of completion) is worth one point. Each completed pathway (Career Essentials Certificate) is worth ten points. Be sure to submit certificates of completion AND Career Essentials Certificates to earn maximum points.

Each of the following three categories will have four winners ($1,500 First Place; $1,000 Second Place; $600 Third Place; and $250 Fourth Place) for a total of 12 winners: 

• 16-24 Years Old

• 25-49 Years Old

• 50 Years and Older