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09/16/2003
Workforce Development Institute Announces Credit-Free Computer Courses for Fall

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, September 16, 2003

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute has announced its slate of new credit-free computer classes for the fall term. 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 cutting edge courses will be offered this fall, including "The Responsible Web Design Project," "Microsoft FrontPage Essentials," "Intuit Quickbooks Essentials," "Adobe Photoshop II," "Creating Menus in Fireworks MX," "Introduction to Video in Flash MX," "Train the Trainer for E-Learning" and "Introduction to Information Architecture."

"The Responsible Web Design Project" will address Web design from the audience's perspective, using needs analysis, interactive design, and training students in usability and accessibility functions. All of these tools can be used to make a site easier to use and therefore attract more users. Cost is $540 for 15 Sessions, beginning Monday, September 22, 6 - 9 p.m.

"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, at a cost of $258, will be offered in two separate sessions – a two–session course on October 7 and October 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and a five-session course from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning October 9.

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. Cost is $129 for one session, on Tuesday, September 30, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

"Adobe Photoshop II" is an extension of the popular Adobe Photoshop course offered by the Workforce Development Institute for several years. The new course will introduce advanced tools and production features that highlight both Web and printing applications. The cost is $540 for 15 sessions, beginning September 23 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Macromedia Web design products will be explored in two other new courses, "Introduction to Video in Flash MX" and "Creating Menus in Fireworks MX." Each course will look at advanced topics in Flash and Fireworks, two of the most popular applications related to Web design. "Introduction to Video in Flash MX" will be held September 27 and October 4 from 9 a.m. to noon. "Creating Menus in Fireworks MX" will be held October 10 and October 18 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for each course is $109.

"Introduction to Information Architecture" will examine how to create a well-organized and easily navigable Web site. This course is for those who have mastered the art of designing a simple page with HTML or Web-editing software, but are interested in taking the next step to making their site more intuitive. Cost is $359 for ten sessions, beginning Saturday, October 2, from 9 a.m. to noon.

"Train the Trainer for E-Learning" is for anyone who is interested in learning how to use the Internet and other electronic media for teaching and learning, including those responsible for training in businesses, state agencies, high schools and higher education. Understanding online student motivation and effective online teaching methods will be the focus of this course. The cost is $218 for eight sessions, beginning Tuesday October 14, from 6 - 9 p.m.

For more information about all the courses offered this fall through the Workforce Development Institute, go to www.hvcc.edu/wdi.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.