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Crafts, Computers and Creative Retirement Classes Return as Registration Begins for Hudson Valley Community College Winter/Spring Credit Free Classes

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

Registration begins soon for spring and winter programs offered through Hudson Valley Community College's Office of Community and Professional Education.

Upcoming courses designed for professional development and personal growth span a wide range of activities, from fitness and personal enrichment to songwriting and programs for young people.

For a complete list of credit-free courses scheduled, go to or call (518) 629-7339 to request a free brochure.

Some of the varied new courses offered this winter include: "Comics and the Visual Narrative," "Making Paper Filigree Flowers," "Veterinary Assistant Certificate Program," "Introduction to Short Fiction," "Intermediate Quickbooks," "Makeup and Skincare for Beginners," "FitMom Prenatal Workout," "Belly Dancing is for Everybody" and "Interval Training System Bootcamp."

A new series of courses in personal enrichment – "Creating the Life I Want: Strategies to Create the Life You Want to Live," "A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Stress Reduction" and "How to Increase Contentment," – also will be offered for the first time this winter.

Programs in cooking, writing, drawing, paper crafts, photography, financial planning, gardening, physical fitness and driver education are just a few of the other popular courses also being offered this year.

The college also will be offering more than 50 classes, day trips, tours and activities through its popular Center for Creative Retirement. More information about those activities also may be found at

Registration begins Jan. 17 for all winter and spring credit-free courses, except for those offered through the college's Center for Creative Retirement. Registration for those courses will begin Feb. 1.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 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 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.