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Hudson Valley's Office of Community Education Offers Wide Variety of New Courses For Spring Semester

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, January 31, 2002

From "Boating Safety" to "Rediscovering Rensselaer County," Hudson Valley Community College's Office of Community Education is offering a wide variety of new courses over the next several months.

New courses this semester include:

  • "Rediscovering Rensselaer County," a six-session overview of the county's rural and industrial past, co-sponsored by the Rensselaer County Historical Society.
  • "Common Forgotten Wild Edible Plants," a one-session class on the nutritional and medicinal value of some common wild edibles.
  • "Rubberstamping: Beyond the Basics," a one-session class for those who already have a basic knowledge of rubberstamping.
  • "Comprehensive Wealth Management" and "Women and Money - Issues, Opportunities, Choices," two separate one-session courses on financial planning.
  • "Basic Spanish III," a semester-long course in Spanish language and culture for those who have completed the college's non-credit "Spanish II."
  • "Getting Paid to Talk: Voiceovers as a Profession," a one-session introductory course on the voiceover profession.
  • "Boating Safety," a one-session, 8-hour course. Students passing the instructor-administered exam will earn a New York State Boater Safety Certificate.
  • "Floral Wedding Planner," a one-session course for those planning their wedding arrangements.
  • Driver Education," a non-credit course, which includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours on road instruction. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a MV-285 student certificate of completion.

The Hudson Valley Community College Office of Community Education will continue to present many of the same popular programs it has offered in the past. To register for classes or for more information, call 629-7339.

The college's Workforce Development Institute, which offers credit-free computer classes, will also have a full slate of courses this semester. Classes range from the basic "Introduction to PCs and Windows" to high-level programming and Web design courses. To register or for more information on courses offered through the Workforce Development Institute, call 629-4827.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.