Class is in session for furloughed federal workers.

The Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies is offering six free courses to people who are out of work because of the government shutdown.

“We saw there was a need to really stay connected and engaged,” said Walter Rankin, the school’s dean.

Rankin said the shutdown hit close to home: His partner is a furloughed federal worker. And at a recent retreat, he realized how many faculty members knew someone affected by the shutdown.He said they decided then to put together a list of courses.

The courses are designed to appeal to a broad cross-section of federal workers. “Ready, Set, Re-set Your Social Strategy” is aimed at improving media skills. Three courses deal with management skills: “Manager as a Coach,” “Project Management Fundamentals” and “Innovation and Leadership in Government.” Also offered are “Global Trends in International Migration” and a health-care course, “Patient Navigation.”

The classes, to be held over the next two weeks at the downtown campus at 640 Massachusetts Ave. NW, will run one to four days.

Registration began Thursday and is limited to 100 workers on a first-come basis. For more information, go to