Re: Where(free)would I go for Relearning skills as an adult?
You can contact your state's unemployment office, for one thing. Many offer vocational training.
Also, pay a visit to your local community college. Most have developmental courses or Adult Basic Education. It won't be free, but community colleges in CA have very low tuition.
Register early, talk to advisors, talk to other people who attend the school, get the best teachers. Right now, community colleges are very crowded, and you'll get closed out of classes if you don't register early.