BUSINESS ROUNDUP: Free online classes available. Restaurants reopen. Grants for Covid safety ideas. Unemployment applications in Spanish – Salem Reporter

Classes for careers or personal enrichment, courtesy of Willamette Workforce Partnership and Coursera. After cleaning, Mill Creek Station & Catering and Wild Pear open back up. Oregon OSHA has money for bright ideas for stopping workplace disease spread. Employment Department forms for pandemic relief now in Spanish.

Wild Pear in downtown Salem urges diners to get takeout during the COVID-19 pandemic (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter)

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FREE CLASSES. If you’re one of the tens of thousands of Oregonians stuck at home without a job, now could be the time to learn in-demand skills — for free.

Willamette Workforce Partnership, the region’s workforce-development nonprofit, has partnered with Coursera, an online learning platform, to offer about 4,000 courses for free through Dec. 31.

Ami Maceira, program director at Willamette Workforce Partnership, said that her group wanted to offer something to people furloughed, laid-off or otherwise in career limbo because of the pandemic. Coursera charges fees for some of its courses. Through the arrangement many will now be offered for no charge to job-seekers as well as people employed but wanting to learn new skills.

She said that the courses could be useful for someone wanting to explore a new career without