Community and Professional Education

Fall 2017 Offerings: Programs for Professionals

Insurance Personal Lines Agents/Brokers Licensing Course
This course is certified by the New York State Department of Financial Services and is designed for those who wish to become a licensed Personal Lines Agent or Broker. Upon successful completion of this course and the state exam you may apply for a Personal Lines license to act as an insurance agent or broker in the State of New York.

Topics include: introduction to personal property and casualty insurance; NYS and federal insurance laws and regulations, insurance basics and general insurance; policy structure and common policy provisions; dwelling, National Flood Insurance Program, personal watercraft, personal umbrella; NY Property Insurance Underwriting Association; homeowners, auto, excess lines; Terrorism Risk Insurance Act; and other personal lines policies and forms. The course will include glossary review and a practice test to prepare for the state exam. Students must attend all class sessions. Full class schedule available by contacting (518) 629-7339. Course fee includes $50 materials fee. The first class is scheduled for 11/2.
9 Sessions, DCC 138
Victor Bujanow, CIC, Instructor

Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Maltreatment
In just two hours, you can fulfill your New York State license requirements. Hudson Valley Community College is certified by the New York State Education Department to provide child abuse recognition and reporting training for professionals: physicians, chiropractors, dentists, registered nurses, podiatrists, optometrists, psychologists, dental hygienists, classroom teachers, school service personnel, administrators and supervisors. You'll gain critical information about child abuse/maltreatment identification and reporting, behavioral indicators, as well as social service law and other mandates. All necessary forms, which are evidence of completion, are provided at the end of the class.
1 Session, HGB 205
Wed., 11/8, 6 - 8 p.m.
Diane Teutschman, Instructor

Setting the Stage for Safer Schools: A Two-Hour Prevent Violence Training for Persons Seeking Certification in New York State
This training responds to the requirement for a two-hour certification course for teaching assistants, teachers, pupil personnel service professionals and administrators in New York State as part of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (SAVE).

All participants will receive an approved NYS Education Department certificate upon completion of this training. It also can be used to fulfill the professional development plan requirement to provide a two-hour course for all currently certified educators and staff.

The seminar will highlight information regarding statutes, regulations and policies relative to a safe and non-violent school climate; the warning signs for violent behavior exhibited by a student within a developmental and social context that relate to violence and troubling behaviors in children; how to participate in an effective school community referral process for students exhibiting violent behavior; and classroom management techniques when responding to potentially violent situations or behavior.
1 Session, HGB 205
Wed., 11/15, 6 - 8 p.m.
Diane Teutschman, Instructor

HeartCode BLS
This course is designed for health care professionals and other personnel who need to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills in a wide variety of in-facility and pre-hospital settings. In order to receive course completion card there are two required steps.

Step 1 - Completion of online Course (HeartCode BLS)

Go to, select HeartCode BLS, and add it to your cart. Cost is $28.50 and is paid online to the American Heart Association. This self-paced course is accessible anytime from any computer with internet access. Students can access all material included in the HeartCode BLS course for 24 months. This course may be used for initial or renewal completion.

Step 2 - Register for a hands-on skills session

Once you complete the online course you will be able to print a certificate of completion. After you complete the online course, contact Community and Professional Education to register and pay for a skills session (must take place no more than 60 days following successful completion the online course).

Skills sessions are held at 400 Jordan Road. Students must present American Heart Association HeartCode certificate of completion to be admitted. NO EXCEPTIONS. Beware of copycat websites. Students who arrive without the certificate of completion will not be allowed to stay and will need to re-register and pay for another session. Come prepared! Please review the online course materials before attending. Underprepared students who do not complete the skills session in the one hour of allotted time will need to re-register and pay.
HeartCode/BLS Additional Information
1 Session, 400 Jordan Road, Room 224
Rensselaer Technology Park
Tues., 9/12, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

1 Session, 400 Jordan Road, Room 224
Rensselaer Technology Park
Sat., 9/30, 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Infection Control
Hudson Valley Community College is certified by the New York State Education Department to provide training in infection control and barrier precautions. Infection control is an essential component of any health care delivery. Infection control measures can be as simple as hand washing and as sophisticated as high-level disinfection of surgical instruments. Implementing these measures can prevent transmission of disease in health care settings and the community. Infection control is a key concept in achieving the New York State Department of Health mission to protect and promote the health of New Yorkers through prevention, science and the assurance of quality health care delivery. The groups who are required to receive this training include: dentists, registered professional nurses, podiatrists, optometrists, licensed practical nurses, dental hygienists, physicians and physician assistants.
1 Session, BRN 207
Mon., 10/16, 6 - 9 p.m.
Barbara Boden, Instructor


Alternative Dental Assisting Program (ADAP)
This module-based online program, designed specifically for the experienced unlicensed dental assistant, will focus on all required course content areas prescribed by the New York State Education Department. This course will provide adequate preparation to take the New York Professional Dental Assisting, Radiation Health and Safety, and Infection Control exams. You may also choose to sit for the Certified Dental Assistant examination administered by the Dental Assisting National Board. Topic information will be presented in an online distance learning format. Additional self-study is highly recommended since this course is designed as an overview of acquired knowledge. Please note the cost for books, licensing exam and licensing application fees are not included. For more information, call our office at (518) 629-7339.
Online Class, 8/28 - 12/8/17
Judy DiLorenzo, Ann Gallerie and Gabriele Hamm, Instructors

A series of two-hour workshops for early childhood teachers, family child care providers, foster families, and parents. All workshops will earn .2 CEUs per two-hour workshop and will meet the childcare training requirements for the New York State Office of Children and Family Services along with the New York State Early Learning Guidelines.

Coping with Grief: A workshop to help K-12 children deal with grief after a loss
This workshop will contain information on the stages of grief. It will discuss how to help children cope with their grief after the loss of a grandparent, parent, or other loved one.

The goal is to help teachers, counselors, staff, and parents aid children in dealing with their feelings after the death of someone close to them. Death is a complicated topic for even adults to understand and children internalize grief differently. Current research on the topic will be explained and discussed.
1 Session, HGB 205
Wed., 9/13, 6 - 8 p.m.
Presented by Carla Gleason, M.S. Ed.
Teacher Prep. Department Faculty, HVCC
This workshop meets the OCFS Areas 1 and ELG Domain II.

The Mindful Classroom
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This workshop will discuss mindfulness and how it can be used in most any classroom setting. Attention will be given to the creation of community building activities which allow students a chance to express themselves in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
1 Session, HGB 205
Wed., 9/27, 6 - 8 p.m.
Presented by Olaiya Curtis-Morris, M.S.
This workshop meets the OCFS Areas 1 & 3 and ELG Domain II.

Exploring Nature in the Early Childhood Classroom
There is a growing body of research on the benefits of outdoor play, beyond physical development. Research shows that children are more imaginative, creative, and cooperative when they have daily opportunities for outdoor play. Join us for a fun-filled evening discovering the effect of nature on a child's development, how to incorporate nature into your classroom, and what the benefits of nature are for both the child and the teacher. We will have the opportunity to use the natural environment to create an interactive lesson which you can adapt to you own classroom.
1 Session, HGB 205
Mon., 10/2, 6 - 8 p.m.
Presented by Laura Brewer, M.S. Counseling, B.S. Education K-6th, Full time faculty, HVCC
This workshop meets the OCFS Areas 1 & 3 and ELG Domain II, III, IV, V.

Conferencing with Families
The workshop will give early childhood educators the opportunity to identify effective conferencing techniques, which includes asking for information, listening to family members, pre-conference questionnaires and how to create collaborative action plans with parents during conferences. Participants are encouraged to share strategies, tips or forms that have supported successful family conferences in the past.
1 Session, HGB 205
Wed., 10/18, 6 - 8 p.m.
Presented by Ann Plourde, M.S. Education,
B.S Education
Faculty, Teacher Prep. Department, HVCC
This workshop meets the OCFS Areas 1, 3 & 4 and ELG Domain II.

Science for Young Minds
Would you like innovative ideas for strengthening your center's science emphasis at the preschool level? Do you want to expand your comfort level with science topics so you can better interest and engage young children? This make-and-take session will leave you with a newfound confidence in how to incorporate science as a routine part of your day and will help to light a spark and love of science within all your children.
1 Session, HGB 205
Tues., 11/7, 6 - 8 p.m.
Presented by Christine Saxe, M.S.,
Faculty Teacher Prep. Department, HVCC
This workshop meets the OCFS Areas 1 & 3 and ELG Domain II, III, IV, V.

Understanding and Supporting Children in Foster Care
Children in foster care come from various backgrounds and experiences. Often times the circumstances that they have encountered affect their educational performance. In this two-hour session we will discuss the basics of the foster care system, general characteristics of children in foster care, challenges that teachers may face when working with children in foster care, and strategies to help children in foster care be successful in the classroom.
1 Session, HGB 205
Thurs., 11/9, 6 - 8 p.m.
Presented by Sarah VanAlstyne, M.S. Literacy, B-Gr.6, B.S. Childhood Ed/Special Ed, Faculty, Teacher Prep. Department, HVCC
This workshop meets the OCFS Areas 1, 3 & 4 and ELG Domain II.

A Positive Approach to Discipline… Beyond the Time-Out Chair
Based on the work of Linda Albert (1996) participants will gain skills and knowledge in providing interventions for common discipline problem areas: attention-seeking behavior, power-seeking behavior, revenge-seeking behavior and avoidance of failure behaviors. Techniques to identify each type of behavior and a comprehensive collection of intervention strategies will be shared. Dozens of strategies to build a positive classroom environment/climate and strategies to improve communication with parents will be presented. This is a repeat of the workshop offered last fall.
1 Session, HGB 101
Mon., 12/4, 6 - 8 p.m.
Presented by Antoinette Howard, M.S.,
Assistant Professor, Teacher Prep. Department, HVCC
This workshop meets the OCFS Areas 1 & 3 and ELG Domain II.