Community and Professional Education
Fall 2015 Offerings


If your course requires a computer account, and you are a new student, you will receive two envelopes, one containing your username and the other your password, in the mail.

If you are a returning student and you no longer have your username and/or password you can contact the Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339, and we can reset your password and send both your username and new password to you in the mail. Please make this request at least one week before your course begins. If you do not have your username and password on the day your class begins, you can come to the Office of Community and Professional Education (during business hours) in the Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 252 and with photo ID we can reset your password. Students can also go to the Computer Learning Center in the basement of the Marvin Library to have their password reset.

Your username is defined as the first initial of your first name, followed by a hyphen(-), followed by up to 13 characters of your last name (all lower case no spaces or other special characters). The password is randomly generated. Please go to and use the "Change Your Password" link to change your password to something that will be easier to remember. You will find more detailed information regarding computer access at

Bring both your username and password to your course, as you will need it to access the computer during class. Course instructors do not have the ability to reset or view student passwords. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they have this information when they begin a class.

Microsoft Office 2013 Basics for the Administrative Professional
For the recent graduate or someone who wants to get back into the workforce and needs a refresher on the word processing and productivity suite, Microsoft Office, this class will provide the skills you need to land that job. The course covers MS Office 2013. You will learn how to create a word processing document and merge it with a mailing list you create in Excel and Access. You will also learn how to create a spreadsheet to keep track of data and use simple functions. While this class does not cover Outlook, you will receive tips on how to keep your e-mails professional looking and effective. This is a hands-on class, and you will need your HVCC username and password.

Prerequisite: Students must possess basic computing skills, such as copy and paste, be familiar with computer functionality and operation and/or have completed a basic computer class. Course fee includes a $5 computer fee.
5 Sessions, BTC 205
Tues., 9/15 - 10/13, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sherry Flansburg, Instructor

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Introduction to Excel
Do you need to learn how to use Excel or need a refresher? Whether you're a teacher, in sales, or just in charge of the finances at home, this is a class you shouldn't miss. You'll learn how to navigate Microsoft Excel and enter, edit and format data. You will learn how to create a formula and copy it (autofill) to other cells in the worksheet. Discover the difference between relative, absolute and mixed cell references. Learn to create an "if" statement to evaluate a condition. Use built in functions such as Sum, Average, Min, Max. Apply conditional formatting to highlight data in your worksheet that meet specific conditions or rules you specify. Learn to create pie and column charts to visually represent your data. Basic computer knowledge is required to take this class. Course fee includes $5 computer fee. This is a hands-on class, and you will need your HVCC username and password.
4 Sessions, BTC 205
Tues., 10/27 - 11/17, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Sherry Flansburg, Instructor

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Computer Basics for Absolute Beginners
Do you feel like a deer in the headlights when you try to use a computer? Do you need computer skills for your job hunt or so you can keep up with your children or grandchildren? This hands-on course will walk you through the basics so you can take charge of your computer. Learn how to turn the computer on and off, use a mouse and computer keyboard, work with the Windows 7 desktop, menus and windows, and open and close programs. Learn how to "surf the Web" with Google and Yahoo to find information and evaluate the results, how to use e-mail, and how to keep your computer and Internet activities safe from criminal attacks, identity theft and e-mail fraud. Learn how to create and save files to folders, and find them again! A step-by-step textbook is included. Course fee includes a $5 computer fee and $26 materials fee for the required textbook. This class is taught by TechKNOW Prof., a local computer training business. This is a hands-on class, and you will need your HVCC username and password.
5 Sessions, WIL 111
Mon. - Fri., 11/2 - 11/6, 9 - 11 a.m.
TechKNOW Prof, Instructor

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QuickBooks Basics
Learn the essentials of QuickBooks so that you can easily enter transactions, manage accounts and generate reports. The content is presented in an easy to understand format with hands-on experience. Class content will include: navigating QuickBooks; entering information and transactions, managing lists and accounts; and working with and generating reports. Students should have basic computer skills. You will need your HVCC username and password for this course. Course fee includes a $3 computer fee.
1 Session, WIL 111
Sat., 11/21, 9 a.m. - Noon
David Ewen, Instructor

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Introduction to Bitcoin and Digital Currencies

This course will cover the history of Bitcoin Block-chain Technology, Altcoins and Metacoins, wallet creation and safety and future uses of the technology. Course content will not go into economics or investment advice but will focus purely on the technology side. Course fee includes a $5 computer fee.
4 Sessions, BTC 204
Tues., 10/20 - 11/10, 6 - 8 p.m.
Paul Paterakis, Instructor

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Creating Web Sites and Mobile Apps
Do you want to make Web sites and mobile apps that run on any mobile device? Learn how to imagine, design, build and optimize a cross-platform mobile app using the very latest HTML5 standards. By the end of the course, you'll have built your first Web site and mobile Web app, and you'll be on your way to making your dream of being a successful mobile app developer a reality. For this beginners course, you will need your HVCC username and password. Course fee includes a $3 computer fee.
1 Session, WIL 111
Sat., 11/14, 9 a.m. - Noon
David Ewen, Instructor

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