Community and Professional Education
Winter/Spring 2014 Offerings: Special Interest

Eating Healthy For Your Active Lifestyle
Simple changes and small steps can bring some quick and satisfying results to meals suited for an active lifestyle. Join us to learn easy, fun and delicious ways to prepare food. Eat-on-the-run options, pre-workout ideas and much more! Come ready to taste, prepare and share! Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
1 Session, Meet at United Methodist Church kitchen at 520 Pawling Ave. Enter at Woodlawn Ct. Entrance.
Tues., 3/4, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Anita DeCelle of Carol’s Place, Instructor

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Get Your Greens On! - 30 Ways to Serve Up Tasty Greens
Grill, sauté, steam, broil or enjoy chilled…Get Your Greens on is a fun and interactive cooking class to help you serve up some healthy and satisfying green treats! Come ready to taste and prepare lots of fun green dishes! Course fee includes $15 materials fee.
1 Session, Meet at United Methodist Church kitchen at 520 Pawling Ave. Enter at Woodlawn Ct. Entrance.
Tues., 4/1, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
Anita DeCelle of Carol’s Place, Instructor

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Frankly, My Dear: The Reel Story Behind Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind has been called “the most magnificent motion picture of all time.” And millions of fans agree. But what most fans don’t know is that endless trouble and months of behind-the-scenes turmoil almost doomed Gone With the Wind to not being made at all. Explore Gone With the Wind’s intriguing history, including the writing and publishing of Margaret Mitchell’s novel; the financing provided by John Hay “Jock” Whitney and his cousin Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney to bring the novel to the screen; the Hollywood frenzy of transforming the book into the film; the Atlanta premiere; the Academy Awards; and more. In advance of the film’s 75th anniversary, this is one course no Gone With the Wind fan should miss.
1 Session, ADM 102
Sat., 4/26, 1 - 5 p.m.
Pauline Bartel, Instructor

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Myths and Legends of Ireland
The literary heritage of pre-Christian and early Christian Ireland was as rich and enthralling as that of ancient Greece. Explore the culture and tradition of the early Celts as presented in the Mythological, Ulster and Fenian sagas. Discover Cuchulain, the “Hercules” of Ireland as he does battle with the fiery Queen Maeve in the epic “Cattle Raid of Cooley.” There is poignancy in the beloved tale of “The Children of Lir,” four young children transformed into white swans by a wicked stepmother, and heartbreak in the fate of the doomed beauty known as “Deirdre of the Sorrows.” Learn about “Tir na n-og,” the paradise of eternal youth, Ossian the great Irish poet – the only person to visit there and return, and the runaway young lovers, Diarmuid and Grania. These are just a few of the characters and stories we will explore as we visit a bygone, beguiling era that is uniquely Irish.
2 Sessions, DCC B06
Tues., 3/4 and 3/11, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
Dan O’Callaghan, Instructor

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Search for Your Irish Ancestors
Researching Irish-American ancestors can be quite a challenge for family historians. Even experienced genealogists can become frustrated at the lack of information and all those records that just say "Ireland" as a place of origin. Join professional and "genealogist-in-residence" for the Irish American Heritage Museum, Lisa Dougherty, for some suggestions on how to find that elusive Irish hometown, and what records are available for researching once you get there.
1 Session, DCC 138
Thurs., 3/20, 6 - 8 p.m.
Lisa Dougherty, Instructor

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Victoria Regina
Her reign of 63 years and seven months is longer than that of any other British monarch and also is the longest of any female monarch in history. She was Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India. Queen Victoria is associated with Britain at its zenith, with the Industrial Revolution booming, and particularly with empire. Although petite, plump, and sometimes dowdy in later years, nonetheless she succeeded in projecting a majestic, imperious presence. However, she was more complex and contrary than her staid, austere image. She bore nine children, yet hated being pregnant, and thought newborns ugly. The title “Grandmother of Europe” was applied to her since so many of her children had married into the royal houses, but she also passed along a dangerous genetic defect to some of her descendants. Her marriage with Prince Albert of Saxe-Cobourg was for love, and his untimely death in 1861 threw her into a black depression. Still, afterwards, Victoria relied increasingly on a Scottish manservant, John Brown, to the extent that salacious gossip of a romance and even a secret marriage appeared in print, and the Queen was sarcastically referred to as “Mrs. Brown.” Discover the life of this remarkable sovereign and woman who gave her name to the exciting age in which she ruled,“the Victorian Era.”
4 Sessions, ADM 102
Thurs., 4/3 - 4/24, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dan O’Callaghan, Instructor

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Save Money with Extreme Couponing
Learn how to save $$$ every day with extreme couponing. Coupons are not just for groceries. The savings can add up to hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year. This comprehensive workshop will teach you:

  • Where to find all different types of coupons
  • How to find the best coupon Web sites
  • How to decipher coupon policies
  • The best way to sort and store coupons
  • How to find other people to trade coupons with

Feel free to bring your coupons to class for a trading session. This workshop is taught by someone who has used coupons to save thousands and has learned many couponing secrets. Course fee includes $10 materials fee.
1 Session, WIL 113
Mon., 5/12, 10 - 11 a.m.
LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

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Japanese History
This course covers Japanese history focused on its major time periods. Topics to be discussed include the rise of samurai, Tokugawa shogunate, the Meiji Restoration, World War II, post-war recovery, and modern day Japan. Emphasis is placed not only on the history of Japan but also on Japanese culture and how it has interacted with the outside world over the years.
4 Sessions, DCC B06
Sat., 2/15 - 3/8, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Yoko Lacasse, Instructor

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Pet CPR and First Aid
This course is for students who wish to work in the pet industry or wish to acquire knowledge on how to respond in an emergency situation for pets. The course will provide hands-on experience in pet CPR using our dog mannequin as well as basic First Aid. In this class, you will learn what you can do in the first 15-25 seconds on the scene to make a big difference for a pet. Learning to respond quickly and properly in the first few minutes in a pet emergency is critical and can save a pet’s life. Just a sample of some of the material covered in this class includes:

  • Equipment and supplies for putting together your own Pet First Aid Kit
  • Assessing vital signs
  • Understanding basic pet owner responsibilities
  • Bleeding and shock management
  • Restraint, muzzle, elevation, direct pressure, pressure points
  • Immobilization, shock management and transportation
  • Rescue breathing
  • Administering medicine and treating wounds

Whether you are a pet owner or just a pet lover, this class will provide critical knowledge that could help save a pet’s life. Course fee includes an $16 materials fee for the required textbook.
1 Session, DCC 136
Sat., 5/3, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mary Lynn Gagnon, 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 class, to be successful on eBay, students should have basic computer and Internet skills. Bring something to take notes.
2 Sessions, DCC 136
Sat., 2/22 and 3/1, 9 a.m. - Noon

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2 Sessions, DCC B06
Sat., 5/3 and 5/10, 9 a.m. - Noon
Amy Grazda, Instructor

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Beyond the Basics of Selling on eBay
Take your knowledge of eBay to the next level. In this class, you will learn to:

  • Start a business on eBay
  • Increase sales with proven marketing techniques
  • Find new sources of merchandise
  • Open an eBay Store
  • Use listing tools to improve productivity
  • Track your sales with reports and research

To sign up for this course, you must be a registered eBay seller who has sold at least one item.
1 Session, DCC 136
Sat., 3/29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Amy Grazda, Instructor

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Boating Safety Course
This course acquaints boaters of all ages with safe and legal boating practices. Students completing this course and passing the instructor-administered exams will earn the New York State Boater Safety Certificate.

Everyone 14 years and older wishing to operate personal watercraft must complete this 8-hour, instructor-led, NASBLA and New York State approved boater safety course to legally operate a personal watercraft.

Operators of boats aged 14 through 17 will also be permitted to operate a boat by themselves after they complete this 8-hour, instructor-led, NASBLA and New York State approved boater safety course to legally operate without a person 18 years old or older on board.

NOTE: This course is open to students ages 14 and up. Students 18 years of age and older should bring a picture I.D. to class. Course fee includes a $3.50 materials fee.
1 Session, ADM 103
Sat., 3/22, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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1 Session, ADM 101
Sat., 4/26, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Driver Training

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 137
Sat., 2/22, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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2 Sessions, LNG 203
Tues. and Thurs., 3/18 & 3/20, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

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1 Session, DCC 138
Sat., 5/3, 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, BTC 206
Sat., 4/26, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Please visit for additional information and links to course schedules (available in February). On-bike training is offered April - October.

For help with choosing the right course for you, please e-mail with a brief description of your needs or experience and we will help match you to the course that best fits your situation.

CAMS Introductory Seminar
Join the Capital Area Motorcycling School (CAMS) for a FREE, informal session about the motorcycle classes offered at Hudson Valley Community College. During these sessions, you'll have an opportunity to ask questions about the motorcycle classes, meet the rider coaches and learn some valuable information. These sessions will vary and offer timely tips and tricks and may include guest speakers or hands-on participation. Whether you are new to motorcycle classes or have attended any of the classes before, these FREE sessions offer everyone an opportunity to explore all the possibilities in motorcycle training.
FREE class
1 Session, ADM 102
Wed., 2/19, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

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MSF - Introductory Motorcycle Experience (IME)
• Sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF)
• It is designed for the student who has no riding experience and isn't sure whether or not they should take formal motorcycle training. (This course does not guarantee success in the BRC.)
• Two hours of hands-on experience
• Intro to the motorcycle and its controls
• Motorcycle and helmet provided
• Prerequisite: None

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. Valid New York State driver’s license and motorcycle permit. Out of state and military
please e-mail for information. New York State Jr. or graduated license holders e-mail for information.

MSF - Bike Bonding RiderCourses (Two Levels)
Bike Bonding refers to the connection and interaction of the rider and motorcycle. Good bike bonding helps riders automate their physical skills so they can devote more attention to road and traffic conditions (searching and evaluating).

MSF - Basic Bike Bonding RiderCourse (BBBRC)
• For licensed or permitted riders on our training bikes (This is not a licensing course)
• Next logical step after the BRC. Gain more low speed control and confidence on our training bikes
• Focuses on motorcycle manipulation skills to maximize low-speed operation and control
• Learn to “Put the bike where you want it” at low speed
• Half-day riding course, no classroom
• Instruction includes: bike bonding awareness; basic control skills; speed control and turns from a stop; tight turns; accelerating; braking and turning; engine braking; curves and swerves;low-speed decreasing radius curves; control in tighter spaces; lollipops and sharing the road
• Prerequisite: Must have motorcycle license, sufficient riding skills and experience to operate a motorcycle with basic proficiency

MSF - Ultimate Bike Bonding RiderCourse (UBBRC)
• For licensed riders on their personal motorcycles
• For riders looking to dial in their low speed control and confidence on your own motorcycle
• Half-day riding course, no classroom
• Great way to hone your skills in the spring!
• Maximize low-speed operation and control
• Instruction includes: bike bonding awareness; big box; zigzag; circle weaves; switchbacks; lollipops; circuit training and sharing the road
• Attn: clubs and dealerships - e-mail for group rate info
• Prerequisite: Rider must have valid motorcycle license and possess SOLID basic skills with recent riding experience. It is recommended that the motorcycle be appropriate for the size and strength of its rider.


Total Control - Intermediate Riding Clinic (IRC)
• Perfect next step for newly licensed riders or licensed riders returning to the sport who do not want an entry-level course
• Ride your personal street legal motorcycle or scooter
• 5-hour clinic
• Throttle control
• Brake control
• Vision
• Line selection
• Low-speed turning
• Evasive maneuvers
• Road-speed turning
• Prerequisite: 500 miles recent experience
• Attn: clubs and dealerships - e-mail for group rate info

Total Control - Advanced Riding Clinic (Two Levels)
Based on bestselling book, “Total Control” by Lee Parks

Level 1 - Full Day
• Corner with confidence
• Learn on your motorcycle (any style)
• Enhance your mental strategies
• High performance skills learned at parking lot speeds
• Add safety to your street riding
• Get more out of your track days
• Full day clinic
• Prerequisite: 3,000 mile recent experience
• Passengers allowed (additional fee applies)

Level 2 - Full day
• Build on the skills you learned in Level 1
• Advanced cornering techniques
• More challenging exercises from the book “Total Control”
• Trail braking into corners
• Hard braking into corners
• Speed shifting
• Decreasing radius corners
• Multiple apex corners
• Full-day clinic Prerequisite: Total Control ARC level 1
• Passengers allowed (additional fee applies)

Total Control Level 1 and 2
Sign up for both and save $ $!

For registration or scheduling questions, please call (518) 629-7339.

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

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 themself or others, they will be counseled out at the coaches’ decision and no refund will be granted.