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Looking to leverage some downtime? Whether you’re upskilling your resume or sharpening your entrepreneurial chops, there’s an abundance of free online resources to log on to.

American Express Business Class
The multinational financial-services corporation recently launched this tool, which includes weekly Instagram Live programming dubbed Office Hours (shown right), featuring conversations with small-business owners, and a content hub filled with articles to help people grow their businesses.

“Democratizing this education was critical to us, so we made sure all the Business Class content would be available to anyone — our customers or our competitors,” says Clayton Ruebensaal, an executive vice president at American Express based in the Financial District. “It’s a free resource for any business owner or business people.”

This nonprofit online learning company offers 2,800 courses by 150 of the world’s top universities. You can watch all videos, access readings and take ungraded assessments for as long as it takes to complete the course (usually around six weeks). Non-academic classes are available too.

The paid version of the course grants the ability to earn certification. edX also offers 13 fully online master’s degrees.
Anant Agarwal, CEO and founder of the company, says that “edX just released a survey exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the way that Americans think about their future education and career decisions. It found that the pandemic has directly impacted 58 percent of Americans’ decisions to seek additional education. By earning a valuable credential, they will be well prepared for the jobs of the future.”

General Assembly
This global education provider runs classes in high-demand skills like coding, design and data science. There are paid courses of study taken online, such as digital marketing (40 hours, 10 weeks, $3,950), but there are also free workshops and classes.

This week, you can enroll in two-hour Zoom classes such as Monday’s Optimizing Your Resume: The Key to Job Search, and on Thursday take How to Future-Proof Your Business, Latinas in Tech or Career Chat 101: Nail the Interview and Get That Job.

“There’s something for everyone,” says Liz Vollman, vice president of marketing at General Assembly in Flatiron. “During this difficult time, we feel a deep responsibility to make our resources and expertise available to anyone looking to level up in their career or explore a new skill set.”

Brush up your high school español or learn a new language to beef up your resume with the free Duolingo app. English speakers can learn up to 36 different languages, from Swahili to Swedish.

The app’s bite-size lessons feel more like fun games than a brick-and-mortar classroom while still teaching you vocabulary and how to incorporate words into sentences. Users can access tips for explanations about grammar, pronunciation and phrases.

Grow With Google OnAir
In May, Google launched this free digital-skills training program for job seekers and business owners. Typically two courses are offered per week, in more than 20 subject areas, such as analytics and project management. You can also sign up for individual 30-minute coaching sessions with a Google employee. In addition, there are 30- to 60-minute online streaming events. (Past recorded sessions can be viewed in their on-demand section.)

“This global crisis has only increased our reliance on technology,” says Jesse Haines, director of Grow With Google in Chelsea. “Now is the time for people to sharpen digital skills to help them land the jobs they want and grow their businesses.”

The happiness course at Yale, officially known as the Science of Well-Being, about how to boost your happiness and build productive habits, was founded in 2012 by two Stanford professors and has more than 2.5 million enrollees.

“It shows that people are extremely interested in having science-backed research and techniques to manage their stress, anxiety and well-being,” says Arunav Sinha, head of global communications at Coursera. “They’re not just looking for a YouTube video.”

The site now offers more than 4,200 courses, typically lasting between two to four weeks, taught by instructors from top universities and leading companies.

This UK-based social learning platform offers over 3,300 courses taught by university professors and industry leaders, typically lasting between two and eight weeks and requiring three to four hours of study per week.

Short courses operate on an upgrade model — free to join, but learners pay a fee to receive a certificate of achievement. More than 100 short courses offer free upgrades, including professional-development courses from consultancy firm Accenture.

“One of the things our learners enjoy is the ability to develop their skills alongside an international group of learners,” says Simon Nelson, CEO of FutureLearn.

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Newly-free Tekashi 6ix9ine enjoys ice cream, selfies with fans in NYC

It’s the sweet taste of freedom.

Rapper-turned-state-songbird Tekashi 6ix9ine was spotted Sunday enjoying his newfound freedom from home confinement with a stroll through Midtown Manhattan and an ice cream cone.

The “Trollz” rhyme-spitter, 24, enjoyed the treat as he and his security entourage walked along East 47th Street for several blocks, stopping at points to pose for selfies with fans — hardly keeping a low-profile despite snitching on the Nine Trey Bloods gang.

Tekashi, Daniel Hernandez to the State of New York — was sentenced to 24 months in prison plus five years of supervised release last December after pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy and eight other charges.

He had faced 47 years in prison after copping to joining the Nine Trey Bloods to help his career, and backing them financially.

He instead chose to turn state’s evidence in a high-profile trial that put many members of the crew behind bars but refused to enter the witness protection program.

Having already spent 13 months behind bars during the case and been released to home confinement in April amid the coronavirus pandemic, 6ix9ine was finally freed on Saturday, when his ankle monitor was removed, according to his lawyer.

While out and about on Sunday, 6ix9ine was heard griping that he was unable to go live on Instagram to interact with his some 713,000 followers.

“Yo, Instagram restricted me from going live,” he was heard saying into his phone at one point during the jaunt.

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Even if he can’t go live, the rap star’s page on the platform showed that he hit the ground running post-release.

A new clip posted shows 6ix9ine rapping with a sizable entourage and pulling stunts in a number of high-end cars, footage that witnesses said was shot Sunday morning, apparently for a new music video.

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