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Workforce Development Institute Announces Credit-Free Computer Courses for Winter/Spring

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, January 7, 2004

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute has announced its slate of new credit-free computer classes for the winter and spring. The Workforce Development Institute provides credit-free courses for a variety of software applications, from basic word processing to Web design and programming.

Several new courses will be offered, including "Adobe Acrobat," "Enhancing Your Web Site with Digital Photography," "Microsoft FrontPage Essentials," "Intuit Quickbooks Essentials," and "Adobe Photoshop II."

For complete information about course offerings and registration procedures, go to

"Enhancing Your Web Site With Digital Photography" will offer practical and helpful suggestions for those who hope to make full use of their digital camera on the Web. Advice on the proper camera selection, the use of exposure settings, and basic information on photo editing tools will be offered. The course will be offered in two separate sessions: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on three consecutive Thursdays starting Feb. 26, or from 6 to 9 p.m. on five consecutive Wednesdays, beginning April 14. The cost is $199.

Students in the "Intuit Quickbooks Essentials" course will learn the basics of one of the most widely used small business accounting packages. Students will learn how to set up a QuickBooks company, enter account opening balances, create and customize company lists, set up inventory, sell products, invoice for services, process customer payments, work with bank accounts, enter and pay bills, set up an Internet connection, and use online services. The course is offered in a one-day format from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 11 and on Thursday, May 13. One two-day class will be offered, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18 and 25. The cost is $129.

"Microsoft FrontPage Essentials" will teach students how to create and manage a Web site – without HTML programming knowledge - utilizing one of the most popular Web design software packages. The course costs $258, and will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23 and 30.

"Adobe Photoshop II" is an extension of the popular Adobe Photoshop course that has been offered by the Workforce Development Institute for several years. The new course introduces advanced tools and production features that highlight both Web and printing applications. The cost is $540 for 15 classes, from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning Tuesday, January 27.

"Adobe Acrobat," offered 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 22, will discuss the basics of creating Portable Document Format (PDF) files from existing word processing documents and how to manipulate PDFs using the Adobe Acrobat editing tools.

Macromedia's popular Web design products will be explored in several courses. "Dreamweaver Essentials," "Dreamweaver Advanced," "Fireworks Essentials," "Flash Essentials," "Introduction to Video in Flash MX" and "Creating Menus in Fireworks MX" will give novices and advanced users a variety of learning opportunities. For more information about these courses go to

A variety of other courses, with topics as varied as understanding the basic Windows operating system to programming in Visual Basic.NET, will be offered. The Linux operating system and Microsoft's suite of office software products, including Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Project all will be the subject of courses this winter/spring term.

Call 629-4827 for more information or to register for a course, or go to

The Workforce Development Institute provides non-credit customized training for businesses and organizations in the Capital Region. The Institute offers a wide variety of computer training for individuals or groups, including courses in Web design, networking, and the Microsoft Office suite of software products. MCSE, A+ and Network+ certification courses, which can help clients prepare for an entry-level job in the computer technology industry, are also offered on an ongoing basis.