Penn State Extension extends free online courses offer through May 10

May 04, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — To support its customers during the pandemic, Penn State Extension offered its library of online courses for free in April, and the response was overwhelming — close to 79,000 registrations were received.

If you were not one of those who signed up — or even if you were — you have a second chance to expand your knowledge, as the offer is being extended through May 10.

“After receiving such positive feedback on this promotion, and knowing that the citizens of Pennsylvania and beyond continue to face challenges, we felt it was important to extend the offer and show our support,” said Brent Hales, director of Penn State Extension and associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Penn State Extension offers a variety of online courses that can help individuals, families and businesses. These courses, which can be accessed anywhere and anytime, feature short videos, printable readings and knowledge-check questions to support learning. Some courses offer certificates, while others provide continuing-education credits.

Food safety, nutrition and food preparation, best agricultural practices, horticulture, environmental stewardship, community involvement, business planning, and healthy families are among the many topics covered. Extension also offers an ever-growing library of real-time, free educational products, such as webinars and articles, that address today's challenges.

“From the dairy farmer to the backyard gardener, from parents seeking healthy meal ideas to civic leaders looking for information on community development, extension has resources available for everyone,” Hales said. “Penn State Extension is online, leading the way with practical, useable, science-based knowledge.”

To view offerings available under the special offer, visit

The deadline to register is May 10. Some exclusions apply.

About Penn State Extension

Penn State Extension is dedicated to translating scientific research into real-world applications to drive progress. In support of Penn State's land-grant mission, extension programs serve individuals, businesses and communities, while promoting a vibrant food and fiber system, a clean environment, and a healthier population in Pennsylvania and beyond. With support from federal, state and county governments, the organization has a tradition of bringing unbiased information and support to the citizens of Pennsylvania for more than 100 years.

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Last Updated June 08, 2020