Online Learning

The State of Connecticut is launching a free, online job training program, SKILLUP for people who are unemployed during the COVID-19 pandemic. An estimated 5,000 courses are available in areas like IT, business analysis, customer service, project management, digital literacy, and more. You will not need to prove your unemployment status, residency in CT, or the fact that you became unemployed as a result of or during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GFCLearnFree.org is a Free Resource. From their “Who We Are Page“, GFCLearnFree notes that for almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped people  learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email, to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free. 

This is an incredible free resource which gives tutorials in video snippets that train in math, google drive, maps, Microsoft Office products ( 2013-2019), smartphone use, social media skills, resume skills, etc.

Looking to learn Office or Excel or even how to use a Smart Phone? This is definitely for you! Click on “Topics” in the upper right of the site to see all of the subjects that you can learn!

ResearchIT is the CT State Library’s one stop education & recreation resource. It is free for all Connecticut residents but usually needs a valid library card number. Please see your local library for a free library card. ResearchIT gives free access to many newspapers, magazines, eBooks, Audiobooks, and peer reviewed articles from journals for all ages. It is an ideal and respected resource for student papers from elementary school up to and including all levels of university.  There is also a section on genealogy which includes the CT State Library edition of Ancestry.com. SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS.

A Free Resource, Khan Academy’s About page details, Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. They’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content. SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS.

This is a Free Resource for knowledge and auditing purposes. There is an option to pay for a certificate for some courses. Founded by Harvard and MIT, edX is home to more than 20 million learners the majority of top-ranked universities in the world and industry-leading companies. Their mission is to increase access to high-quality education for everyone, everywhere.

Courses in computer sciences, writing, science, literature, art, business, real estate, finance, engineering, nutrition, history, and languages are some of the options for study that are offered.

This is a Free Resource- Coursera is similar to edX.org- but offers courses from the other universities. IBM, Duke, Yale, Princeton, University of Virginia, Google,  etc. you can opt for auditing and obtaining the knowledge for free- or you can pay a prearranged amount for a certificate in the course if you fulfill its requirements.