Communication

Learn a new language or discover the power of writing to tell your personal story with our communication courses.

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Courses

A to Z Grant Writing

Do you love writing and building rewarding, long-lasting relationships? Do you have a passion for a cause? As a grant writer, you can help nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and research organizations acquire the funds they need to operate and to thrive. In this class, you’ll learn how to put together a gold medal proposal package – one that will capture the attention, and the funds, of donors. This informative course will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter this exciting and fulfilling field. No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you can be a successful grant writer. You’ll find the A to Z of writing and submitting successful proposals right here. This is one of the best online grant writing courses around, whether you’re already involved in a related position or are looking to take your first step into this rewarding career. This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 - 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

A to Z Grant Writing
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Online, 5/12 - 7/2 ZILC-111 603 15 seats left $115
Online, 6/16 - 8/6 ZILC-111 700 14 seats left $115

Beginner's Guide to Getting Published

If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel to a traditional publisher, this comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past the editor's desk. You will discover how to:

Course fee includes $5 materials fee.  This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

Beginner's Guide to Getting Published
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Tuesday, 6/22
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-031 700 15 seats left $45

Beginner's Guide to Starting a FREE Blog

Blogging is a great way to get the word out about you, your service, your product, or information you want to share! You will learn step by step how to:
• start a FREE blog with WordPress
• choose a blog template
• emphasize your blog content with a creative name
• use your unique voice to share your expertise
• connect your domain/website

You will also learn how to earn an income with your blog, including links to other websites and advertising on your blog, as well as increase your internet ranking.  Course fee includes $5 materials fee.  This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

Beginner's Guide to Starting a FREE Blog
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Wednesday, 6/23
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ZCOM-086 700 14 seats left $45

Beginning Conversational French

This course will teach you how to communicate easily and comfortably with those who speak French. You will learn practical, common phrases that will make your trips to the many French-speaking regions of the world more pleasant. You will learn dialogue specific to various settings, and you will be surprised how easy it can be to speak another language.

Beginning Conversational French
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Online, 5/12 - 7/2 ZILC-062 603 15 seats left $115
Online, 6/16 - 8/6 ZILC-062 700 15 seats left $115

Communications and Fundraising for Non-Profits

This course will provide an overview of the basic principles of communications and fundraising for not-for-profit organizations. It is intended as a primer for non-profit board members and staff. Topics to be covered include messaging, audiences for communications, communications planning, types of communications and their purpose, the role of fundraising, types of fundraising (annual, major, planned giving, events, grants), and the role of your board in communications and fundraising.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom.  You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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Janet Hiser, Instructor

Communications and Fundraising for Non-Profits
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Tuesdays, 5/4 - 5/11
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-054 600 6 seats left $25Call for more information

Conversational Japanese

Whether you want to learn conversational Japanese for travel or just for fun, this course makes it easy and enjoyable for beginners to master the essentials of the Japanese language. Guided by a native Japanese instructor, you’ll also gain cultural knowledge only an insider has.

Conversational Japanese
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Online, 5/12 - 7/2 ZILC-060 603 15 seats left $115
Online, 6/16 - 8/6 ZILC-060 700 15 seats left $115

English as a Second Language

An ESL Placement Test is required to register for either the Reading and Conversation for ESL or Grammar and Writing for ESL courses. You will be emailed a placement test to take. Upon completion of the placement test, students would will be placed in Level I or Level II.  Full payment and a valid Certificate or Residence are required prior to the start of the first class.  Scholarships are available to cover the course fee of $25.  Class size is limited. It is highly recommended you register early for the placement test. All courses will meet remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

Grammar and Writing Level I

This course is designed for beginning-level English language learners. Little prior knowledge of English is needed.  Students will be introduced to basic American English grammar and writing strategies needed to produce simple sentences, short paragraphs, and informal letters.  Editing techniques will also be discussed.  Recommended Textbook: English for Everyone English Grammar Guide (ISBN 978-1-4654-5269-6). 

Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/1 - 8/19, 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. Irene Cruz, Instructor 

Grammar and Writing Level II

This course is designed for high beginner/low intermediate English language learners.  Some knowledge of English is required.  Students will be introduced to high-beginning/low-intermediate level grammar and writing strategies.  Paragraph organization, formal letter and business writing will also be addressed.  Recommended Textbook: Recommended Textbooks: English for Everyone English Grammar Guide (ISBN 978-1-4654-5269-6) and English for Everyone Grammar Guide Practice book (ISBN-13 : 978-1465484666)

Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/1 - 8/19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Shauna Anderson, Instructor 

Reading and Conversation Level I

This course is designed for beginning-level English language learners.  Little prior knowledge of English is needed. Students will be introduced to reading strategies and apply them to basic or simplified English texts.  Students will also learn how to converse on a variety of topics in English.  Pronunciation and intonation will also be addressed.  Recommended Textbook: Intermediate English (ESL) Reading and Comprehension - Practice Makes Perfect IBSN-13: 978-0071798846    

Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/1 - 8/19, 10 a.m. - Noon Nathan Bogardus, Instructor 

Reading and Conversation Level II

This course is designed for high beginner/low intermediate-level English language learners.  Some knowledge of English is needed.  Students will be introduced to reading strategies and apply them to high beginning/low intermediate level English texts. Students will also learn how to converse on a variety of topics in English.  Pronunciation and intonation will also be addressed. Required Textbook: The Giver by Lois Lowry ISBN-13  978-0544336261.  

Class meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6/1 - 8/19, 3 - 5 p.m.  Shauna Anderson, Instructor 

 

English as a Second Language
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ZESL-017 700 11 seats left $0

Explore 50 Different Self Publishing Options

Self Publishing is all the rage, but is it the best option for YOU? You will discover the pros and cons of all the self publishing options, including print-on-demand and e-book publishing, as well as Amazon options. You will leave with a rated description of 50 self publishing companies. Course fee includes $5 materials fee. Students must also register for Beginner's Guide to Getting Published. 

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

Explore 50 Different Self Publishing Options
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Tuesday, 6/22
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ZCOM-085 700 15 seats left $25

Getting Paid to Talk

Have you ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Learn how to prepare and where to find work in your area. We’ll discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of our teacher. For more information, please visit https://voicecoaches.com/.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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Creative Voice Development, Instructor

Getting Paid to Talk
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Tuesday, 5/18
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ZCOM-010 600 6 seats left $19

Instant Italian

This dynamic course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You’ll learn practical, everyday words. You’ll read, hear and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you’re likely to encounter if you plan to vacation in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You’ll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian.

Instant Italian
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Online, 5/12 - 7/2 ZILC-061 603 15 seats left $115
Online, 6/16 - 8/6 ZILC-061 700 15 seats left $115

Intermediate Excel

Take your Microsoft Excel 2016 skills to the next level as you master charts, graphs, PivotTables, Slicers, Sparklines, AutoFilter, macros, and other advanced Excel functions.

This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 – 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

Intermediate Excel
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Online, 5/12 - 7/2 ZILC-033 603 15 seats left $129

Introduction to Screenwriting for Television or Movies

In this comprehensive session, you will learn about special screenwriting terms and formats for television and the big screen. You will also learn how to plot a story, develop characters, and execute your work in the proper screenwriting format. You will discover the difference between a Treatment, a Spec Script and a Shooting Script and when to do each. And, you’ll get an inside look into the business of selling your script to agents and producers. Course fee includes $5 materials fee.

This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

Introduction to Screenwriting for Television or Movies
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Tuesday, 6/22
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
ZCOM-041 700 15 seats left $25

No Excuses! Writing & Selling Your Book

John Grisham scribbled notes on a legal pad between court sessions. Those notes eventually became his best-selling novel, “A Time to Kill.” Recollections of growing up in depression-era Ireland compelled Frank McCourt to write his best-selling memoir “Angela’s Ashes.” Is a novel or nonfiction book burning inside you? If so, learn the ins and outs of publishing from a pro who has helped dozens of students become authors. Discover how the book publishing industry works, how to pitch your idea to publishers and agents and how to guide your book to publishing success. One-on-one consulting with the instructor about your project after the course eliminates any excuses preventing you from realizing your publishing dreams. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee. This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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Pauline Bartel, Instructor

No Excuses! Writing & Selling Your Book
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Saturday, 5/8
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ZCOM-019 600 6 seats left $65Call for more information

Speed Spanish

Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish, pronto. You’ll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you’ll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué bueno!

Speed Spanish
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Online, 5/12 - 7/2 ZILC-063 603 15 seats left $115
Online, 6/16 - 8/6 ZILC-063 700 13 seats left $115

Using Amazon's Kindle Direct to Self-Publish Your Book

Whether you’re looking to publish a paperback novel or short ebook now or in the future, this detailed tutorial will teach you step-by-step how to create an Amazon KDP account, format your manuscript and upload it to the platform, easily create a book cover from available templates, determine pricing and royalties, develop a sales pitch for your Amazon page, and write an Amazon author bio.

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LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

Using Amazon's Kindle Direct to Self-Publish Your Book
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Wednesday, 6/23
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
ZCOM-087 700 14 seats left $25

Writing for Online Blogs, Magazines & Websites

You don’t need a journalism degree or previously published articles to write for an online blog, magazine, or website. Some opportunities offer exposure, while many pay well – $1 a word and more. In this fast-paced session, you will learn how to find ideas, sources, and more than 1,000 opportunities that pay; conduct interviews and create interesting content; protect your copyright; write query letters; and then use this credibility to sell other articles or even your self-published novel. Course fee includes $5 materials fee. This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

Writing for Online Blogs, Magazines & Websites
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Wednesday, 6/23
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ZCOM-084 700 14 seats left $25

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