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New Courses on Tap in Coming Weeks at Hudson Valley Community College

Office of Community and Professional Education sets fall schedule

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Mushroom identification, natural skin care, digital photography and financial management are just a few of the topics covered in courses beginning at Hudson Valley Community College during the upcoming weeks.

For more information or to register, call the Office of Community and Professional Education at 629-7339.

"The ABCs of Substitute Teaching" says it all. Participants will learn how to plan for this rewarding and challenging career. The class will meet weekly from 7 to 9 p.m., beginning Tuesday Sept. 27 through Oct. 25.

"Contemporary Guitar Skills II" offers an instructional setting for the intermediate guitarist from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Sept. 27. The class will meet for 12 sessions on Tuesdays through the fall.

Three photography courses will start up soon: "Digital Photography" runs 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 28. "Documentary Photography" runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays beginning on Oct. 1. "Basic Photography" runs 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 17.

"Natural Skin Care" is a one-session class from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for adolescent girls. Participants will learn about the traditional use of herbs for skin care.

"Mushroom Walk and ID Class" will be Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join mushroom grower John Boyle on this interesting outdoor identification class.

"Adult Fitness and Weight Control" is offered by the college's Health and Wellness Institute, and will begin Tuesday, Oct. 4. The class, which combines, exercise, motivation and lifestyle changes, meets twice a week for 10 weeks. Classes run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

"Introduction to Floral Design" begins at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and will cover the basics of floral design for those interested in getting into the field or start their own home-based business. The seven-class course wraps up Nov. 8.

"The Complete Financial Management Workshop" takes participants through the investment or retirement planning process and will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. beginning Wednesday Oct. 5 through Oct. 19.

For a complete list of credit-free courses offered through Hudson Valley Community College, go to

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.