Leisure and Special Interest

Try a new hobby or just learn something new with our wide range of special interest courses!

How to Register

Register for a course by selecting "Add to Cart" on the desired course and select the "Cart" at the bottom of the page when you are ready to process your registration.
NOTE: The “Seats Left” information is updated every hour and when you checkout.

Courses

Contemporary Guitar Skills I

This course is designed for beginners and those who have been playing guitar for one year or less. You will be guided through the basics of guitar, including how to tune the guitar, play chords and solo. Also covered are major, minor and pentatonic scales, basic soloing skills, theory, technique and ensemble skills. Many musical examples will be illustrated from popular songs, including songs that are of special interest to students. You must provide your own acoustic or electric guitar (a small amplifier should be used with electric guitars). Additional materials will be discussed at the first class; anticipated cost is $20.

Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Course will meet in Williams Hall, Room 113 

Contemporary Guitar Skills I
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Mondays, 9/14 - 12/7
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZREC-030 500 0 seats left $139Section Full

Happy for No Reason

This four-week workshop will provide each participant with seven steps to having greater happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Are you feeling uncertain as to what you want to do next in your life?

Are you feeling alone and stressed? Do you procrastinate, have good intentions, but never complete your goal? If your answer was YES to any of those questions, this workshop is for YOU.

Learn the key concepts of Happiness Set-point, Happiness Continuum, Contraction and Expansion and Inner Home for Happiness.

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

Computer Account Information 

Diane Albano, Instructor

Happy for No Reason
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Wednesdays, 10/7 - 10/28
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-230 500 4 seats left $40

Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera

Take control of your digital SLR camera. In this course, you will break through the technology barrier and learn how to use your DSLR to take beautiful photos.

You will start out by learning about the many features and controls of your DSLR and look at the lenses you need for the kind of photography you enjoy. Next, you will learn about metering, exposure compensation, managing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. You will find out how to use these features to get the right exposure for every shot. Then turn your attention to flash photography, managing camera controls, photo files, and even working in manual mode. With these skills, you will be able to take your photography to the next level.

By the end of this course, you will be a DSLR master and will be able to take the photos you’ve always dreamed of.

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 is My Classroom.

Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera
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Online, 10/14 - 12/4 ZILC-064 501 10 seats left $115
Online, 11/11 - 1/1 ZILC-064 502 12 seats left $115

Options in Adoption and Assisted Family Formation

This class provides an overview of the adoption process, including what types of adoptions are available, i.e. foster care, private agency, private placement, step/second parent, international, and others. You’ll learn the differences between these various forms of adoptions, as well as the process associated with each, including costs, timelines, advantages/disadvantages, common pitfalls, and more. We’ll also discuss other, non-adoption family formation options, such as assisted reproduction technology or “ART,” which includes IVF, surrogacy, and other options, and cover some hot topics in the adoption and ART world.

Joseph Williams, Instructor

Course will be held in Day Care Center, Room B05

On-Campus Health Screening Process

Options in Adoption and Assisted Family Formation
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Wednesday, 10/21
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
ZSPI-221 500 9 seats left $12

Raising Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion IQ

This five-week introductory workshop is to heighten participants’ awareness and understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion. Through literature and documentaries, we will explore historical and contemporary examples of inequity that will shed light on the experiences of marginalized people. The class will be facilitated through discussion based on personal experiences and insight gained from the assignments.

We will explore disparities in criminal justice, housing, education, health care, and economic inequities. 

At the end of each session, participants will have knowledge about the dominant narrative that is pervasive and the confidence about how that narrative can be interrupted.

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

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Ainsley Thomas, Instructor

Raising Your Diversity, Equity and Inclusion IQ
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Wednesdays, 9/30 - 10/28
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-231 500 12 seats left $49

Secrets of Better Photography

Secrets of Better Photography will teach you how to take outstanding photos. Whether you use a DSLR, a point-and-shoot camera, or your phone for your photography, you will learn how to get the best results from your camera. This hands-on course will teach you how to choose the right photographic equipment to compose images with style. You can take your camera out of auto mode after learning about lighting, motion, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You will also explore common photography topics, including portraiture, children's photography, pet photography, and digital editing. Each lesson includes exercises and assignments, so you can apply what you learned to your own camera. By the time you finish, you will see a difference in both your photographer's eye and your photos. 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.

Secrets of Better Photography
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Online, 10/14 - 12/4 ZILC-160 501 10 seats left $115
Online, 11/11 - 1/1 ZILC-160 502 10 seats left $115

Get in Touch

Community and Professional Education

Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 252

Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)