Community and Professional Education
Fall 2015 Offerings


Improving Leadership Skills
Leadership skills are critical in today's world. Communities, clubs and businesses all need strong leaders to succeed in our complex and dynamic environments. This course will be an interactive discussion of the four foundations of strong leadership and the essential tasks leaders must master to succeed as a leader. In addition, we will explore power as it relates to leadership.
4 Sessions, WIL 161
Wed., 10/7 - 10/28, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Richard Edwards, Instructor

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Creating with Word, Image and Playfulness

Creativity belongs to everyone, but sometimes it does not feel that way. Would you like to spend some time enjoying the exploration of your creative side using stress-free writing, doodling, and collaging games, exercises and activities? The goal of this class is not necessarily to "produce" a finished product, but to emerge with a sense of curiosity and pleasure that helps you sculpt your own creative life practices. Whether you are new to the idea of creativity or would just love an injection of fun and new ideas, this class will be sure to energize and inspire.
5 Sessions, DCC 136
Tues., 9/15 - 10/13, 7 - 8:45 p.m.
Kat Fitzgerald, Instructor

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Three Queens and a Pawn
On July 6, 1553 the great hope of the Tudor Dynasty of England, the sickly boy King Edward VI died, the last male of this line leaving no direct heirs of his own. Over the next 34 years the struggle for England's crown would be enjoined between four of Edward's female relatives, his half-sisters Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, and his cousins Lady Jane Grey and Mary Stuart. Although all four of these women were blood relatives linked by a common ancestor, King Henry VII there was precious little love or family feeling between them. Ultimately two of them would order the deaths of the other two. The characters and interplay of these strong, extraordinary royal personages will be explored against the backdrop of one of the most turbulent, fascinating periods of English history to see who will ultimately triumph. Please note this course will not deal with every facet of the queens' individual reigns, but rather those that have a direct bearing on the royal relationships and the quest for the throne.
4 Sessions, ADM 105
Thurs., 10/22 - 11/12, 7 -9 p.m.
Daniel O'Callaghan, Instructor

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The Basics of Selling on eBay
You can be successful on eBay! Learn how to register, create listings, utilize eBay's vast resources, research items, open and use a PayPal account, complete transactions, and most importantly, make money! While there is no computer use in this class, to be successful on eBay, you should have basic computer and Internet skills. Bring something to take notes with.
2 Sessions, ADM 101
Sat., 10/17 & 10/24, 9 a.m. - Noon
Amy Grazda, Instructor

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Blogging for Money and Fun
Create a blog to enhance your career, build marketing talent, raise funds or become a journalist. Find the free tools to develop beautifully written content. Discover how to give life to your blog with companion videos and online talk radio programs. Become a marketing expert who promotes you and your blog.
1 Session, ADM 101
Sat., 11/7, 9 a.m. - Noon
David Ewen, Instructor

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Income at Home with Online Tools
Learn how to accept advertising and affiliate marketing to create an online income stream of revenue. Increase your online presence with social media. Discover how Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Optimization are used. Know how to reach more consumers to increase your earning potential. You will learn how money and income flow on the Internet.
1 Session, ADM 101
Sat., 12/12, 9 a.m. - Noon
David Ewen, Instructor

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Project Management
Learn to deliver projects on time, under budget and exceeding customer expectations. This intensive, eight-week program covers the 10 project management knowledge areas contained in the Global Standard for Project Management. The program will provide students with basic project management concepts and how to apply them to a typical project. This program will benefit the seasoned project manager and those who have recently been put "in charge" of a project. The Project Management certification and exam fees are no included in this class.
8 Sessions, DCC 138
Tues., 9/22 - 11/10, 7 - 9 p.m.
Donald Nealson, Instructor

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Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Have you heard the click-clack of tiles and wondered about the unusual characters painted on them? Learn to play the fascinating game of Mah Jongg in four weeks. We will play by the National Mah Jongg League rules, using the Official Standard Hands and Rules card, which will be provided at the first class. Decipher the fun and pleasure of bams, dots and cracks, winds and dragons; jokers and flowers by learning Mah Jongg. Course fee includes an $8 materials fee.
4 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 11/3 - 11/24, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Nancy Siegel, Instructor

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Notary Public Review Workshop - Prepare for the NYS Exam
This workshop prepares you for the New York State Notary Public test and will provide you with a comprehensive view of the Notary Public Office. Confusing laws, concepts and procedures will be clearly explained and clarified. Examples will be provided to illuminate situations that a Notary Public office is likely to encounter. Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer to an attorney and minimizing legal liability. This workshop is a must for Notary Public candidates to become fully aware of the authority, duties and responsibilities involved in this office. All materials will be provided including Web site links to NYS Department of State licensing information, booklets and forms. Also featured is an 80-question practice exam, which attempts to emulate the actual New York mandatory exam.
1 Session, DCC 136
Tues., 10/6, 9 a.m. - Noon

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1 Session, WIL 112
Tues., 11/17, 6 - 9 p.m.
Victor Bujanow, CIC, Instructor

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Discover the Actor Inside

This technique course will focus on building a solid foundation in the art of acting. You will concentrate on monologues, character work and scene study. The instructor uses a mixture of creative exercises, theatre games and improvisation to build confidence and access emotions. You will learn how to work organically and honestly by mastering your technique in a supportive, creative and fun environment. Using diverse material from classic and contemporary playwrights, students will track a character's journey through a scene and learn how action and behavior shape characterization. You will explore script analysis on a deeper level with a sharper understanding of subtext, metaphor and plot. Audition and cold reading skills will also be offered. Rehearsal with a scene partner outside of class is required. The class will culminate in an open workshop production.
8 Sessions, ADM 107
Tues., 9/22 - 11/10, 6 - 9 p.m.
Lora Lee Ecobelli, Instructor

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Completely Confident Hypnosis Seminar
Everyone has to perform in some way, sometimes publicly, for their job or profession. Have you worried about being judged by others and that you are not good enough? Do you feel paralyzed with fear when interacting or speaking in front of others? If you lack confidence, then you will find it very difficult to be successful. This seminar will allow you to trust yourself, and believe that your presence is important. You will see things as they really are and not magnify the negatives. The bottom line is that you will finally have the confidence you need and deserve.
1 Session, WIL 161
Wed., 11/4, 6 - 8 p.m.
Deborah Nettles of the Albany Hypnosis Center, Instructor

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Defensive Driving
This course will award all New York State motorists with a 10 percent reduction in motor vehicle liability and collision insurance premiums for a three-year period. Also, drivers who have incurred violation points on their record will receive a four-point reduction. The course is certified with the Department of Motor Vehicles and the National Safety Council.

The program consists of six hours of classroom instruction including films, lecture and discussion. You will be taught accident prevention techniques along with useful refresher material. Course materials include a student workbook and a certificate upon completion. The courses are taught by certified instructors from Bell's Driving School.

1 Session, DCC 136
Sat., 11/14, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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5-Hour Pre-licensing Course
This mandatory course is required by New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for any individual seeking to take a New York State Road Test. The course covers the state required curriculum and is taught by certified instructors from Bell's Driving School. Students must possess a NYS Learners Permit in order to take the course.
1 Session, ADM 102
Sat., 10/17, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Bell's Driving School

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Please visit for additional information and links to course schedules. On-bike training is offered April - October.

For help with choosing the right course for you, please e-mail or call site administrator Barbara at (518) 813-1717, with a brief description of your needs or experience and we will help match you to the course that best fits your situation.

MSF - Basic Rider Course

  • For motorcycle or scooter (motorcycle or scooter provided)
  • Reserve a scooter at time of registration so we have one available (scooter registrations cannot be accepted online)
  • Designed for beginner and re-entry riders
  • Learn or review basic riding skills
  • Smartest way to get your motorcycle license
  • Must have strong sense of balance
  • Must be able to ride a bicycle
  • 16 ½ hour course
  • Successful completion of BRC qualifies for New York State Motorcycle Road Test Waiver.
  • Prerequisite: MUST have recent bicycle riding experience and a valid New York State driver's license. Out of state and military please e-mail for information. New York State Jr. or graduated license holders e-mail for information.

MSF- Basic Rider Course 2 for License Waiver (BRC-LW)
BRC-LW eight-hour course; three-hour online (eCourse) and approximately five hours of practice riding exercises on your own motorcycle or scooter. The online course must be completed within 30 days attending the riding exercises.

The course is designed to further develop your riding skills on your own street-legal motorcycle or scooter in our secure riding setting. The riding exercises conclude with a Skills Evaluation.

The BRC2-LW is for individuals that have street riding skills and experience (braking, cornering, swerving) and have held a valid New York State Motorcycle Permit for at least one calendar year. This course is NOT for beginners.

To earn a NYSMSP BRC2-LW Road Test Waiver Completion Card, which qualifies you for waiver of the NYS DMV a Motorcycle License Road Test, you must successfully complete the MSF BRC2-LW eCourse (online) and pass the Skills Evaluation on the range.

MSF- Basic Rider Course 2 (BRC2)
BRC2 is for the rider with a motorcycle license who wants to improve their skills on their own motorcycle or scooter.


  • Complete online course and bring proof of completion to the riding component of the course. (BRC2-LW only)
  • No student will be allowed to proceed if they are unable to demonstrate basic riding skills in a parking lot. (no refund)
  • Bring your own street-legal, insured and registered motorcycle or scooter. Bring proof of same. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet this requirement. (no refund)
  • Bring original and copy of your valid NYS driver's license and permit. Cannot proceed without these. (no refund)
  • Out of state permit or licensed riders, please contact Barbara with questions at (518) 813-1717
  • Proper riding gear: DOT-approved helmet with shield or eye protection, jeans, sturdy long sleeve jacket, full-fingered gloves, over-the-ankle boots with no more than a 1" heel.

Please note: Motorcycle courses are physically demanding and require you to be mentally alert and able to multitask. Proper riding gear is required for all courses.

All motorcycle courses have a separate cancellation and refund policy. This is available at You are required to sign off on the Motorcycle Cancellation and Refund Policy Acknowledgment prior to completing the registration process.

If a student is unable to gain the appropriate skills at the group learning level or poses a safety risk to themselves or others, they will be counseled out at the coaches' decision and no refund will be granted.

Please call (518) 629-7339 to inquire about course schedules or to register.

For specific questions about classes or policies related to motorcycle courses, e-mail