Workforce Development Institute (WDI)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Additional Offerings

Courses in security guard training and two specialized drone courses are now available. A Natural Gas Technician Certificate Program also is available. To learn more about both of these exciting training opportunities, view the details below.

Drones - Learn to Fly (Intro to sUAS)
12 hours, 1.2 CEUs, Non-Credit
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Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) are a dynamic, emerging technology that will transform industries and have an economic impact of $100 billion by 2020. This comprehensive, hands-on training course gives you the skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally.

In addition to teaching safety best practices and piloting skills, we cover:

  • types of flight systems available, their capabilities, and which one would be best for your use
  • business and industry applications for drone technology and how to apply those applications to bring efficiencies to business
  • drone photography and videography skills

Topics covered include flying multi-rotor and fixed-wing drones, indoor flight training, diverse flight systems, maintenance, registration and certification requirements, safety, insurance, industry applications, featured systems (DJI, Yuneec, etc.), emerging technologies, and the latest Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policies.

Our unique flight training uses model quadcopters (currently the Syma X5C without FPV) flying indoors without wind/weather through obstacle courses. This approach develops three primary skill proficiencies:

  • dealing with flight system orientation
  • depth perception
  • flying without dependency on GPS

We've found these are the essential skills needed to create the safest, most proficient remote pilots anywhere! Also, we've shown time and again that these basic skills are easily transferred into more advanced drone flight systems. This practice creates safer, more capable pilots who can easily fly without GPS when necessary (lost GPS signal is a key factor in many drone crashes).

The course includes a training quadcopter with a camera, a computer flight simulator with a radio controller and a workbook. Successful students will receive a training certificate of completion.

Students interested in pursuing an FAA remote pilot certification and accessing drone-enabled employment opportunities should supplement this course with the Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep course. That course, designed to prepare operators to successfully pass the certification test and achieve FAA remote pilot certification, supplements drone-specific knowledge with additional ground-school information covered in the test.

Prerequisites: Students must be at least 13 years old.

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $995
Tuition includes all course materials, software, radio controller and a quadcopter. There will be no other fees or required purchases for this course.
The following items (or any reasonable substitutions) are included in the tuition:

  • Syma X5C flight system for indoor training
  • AeroSIM flight simulator
  • Spektrum DXe controller
  • Workbook
Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep
6 hours, .6 CEUs, Non-Credit
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Keep up with changing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements to remain ahead of the curve among commercial drone pilots. Anyone operating a drone for any commercial or business purpose must obtain an FAA remote pilot certification. This highly focused course prepares you for the test to receive this certification.

Beyond drone-specific material, students will gain an understanding of much of the ground-school information covered in the FAA's knowledge test. Topics covered include regulations relating to small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS); airspace classification, interpretation of sectional navigation charts, operating requirements and flight restrictions; aviation weather sources and effects; small unmanned aircraft loading and performance; emergency procedures; aeronautical decision-making and crew resource management; radio communication procedures; physiological effects of drugs and alcohol; airport operations; and maintenance and preflight inspection procedures.

The remote pilot knowledge test Unmanned Aircraft – General includes 60 questions and requires a passing score of 70 percent. The test costs $150, paid separately to the Knowledge Testing Center. With successful completion of the test, you can apply for a remote pilot certificate for FAA Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 107. The course fee includes a workbook, a sectional chart, 50 FAA sample test questions, and six hours of instruction. Actual FAA testing must be administered at an authorized Knowledge Testing Center and is NOT included in the course fee.

Students new to drone piloting should precede this course with the comprehensive 12-hour Drones – Learn to Fly (Intro to sUAS) course, which provides the skills and information you need to start piloting drones safely and legally.

Prerequisites: Students must be at least 16 years old, be able to read, speak, write and understand English (exceptions may be made if the person is unable to meet one of these requirements for a medical reason, such as hearing impairment).

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $495
Tuition includes workbook. Tuition does not include the FAA certification test fee.

Natural Gas Technician Certificate Program
National Grid
Natural Gas Technician Certificate Program
90 hours, 9.0 CEUs, Non-Credit
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Are you interested in a career in the expanding natural gas industry? The Workforce Development Institute has partnered with National Grid to offer a training program for those interested in becoming a Natural Gas Technician. This 12-week program serves as an introduction to the gas industry and will expose you to the job tasks, work methods and safety practices utilized in gas construction, maintenance and customer service.

The program runs two nights a week and one Saturday per month, totaling 90 hours of classroom instruction and hands-on practice. You will learn how to use tools of the trade in National Grid's state-of-the-art laboratories and outdoor gas training simulation areas.

Complete Program Details/More Information

Prerequisites: Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have a High School diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid driver's license

Application and Required Documentation:
See complete application process.

Upon review of all required documentation, accepted applicants will be contacted to schedule a written field aptitude test and a pre-entry physical assessment. Note: Only applicants who pass the aptitude test will be scheduled for the pre-entry physical assessment.

Location: National Grid facility, 300 Seneca Street, Schenectady

Tuition: $1,200

Application and associated documentation may be personally delivered or mailed to the Workforce Development Institute, at Hudson Valley Community College. See application process for specific details. Please call (518) 629-4111 for additional information or questions.

Security Guard Pre-Assignment 8-Hour Training Security Guard Pre-Assignment 8-Hour Training
8 hours, .8 CEUs, Non-Credit
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This is an 8 hour course required by New York State as the first step in obtaining a security guard registration card from the New York State Department of State. The course provides the student with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities of a security guard. Topics covered in this course include the Role of the Security Guard, Legal Powers and Limitations, Emergency Situations, Communications and Public Relations, Access Control, and Ethics and Conduct.

Other Security Guard Training Courses Include:

For answers to frequently asked questions about being a Security Guard in New York State, please visit: www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/securityguard/sguard_faq.html.

Prerequisites: Applicants must be 18 years of age and must not have been convicted of a serious criminal offense and must be a citizen or resident alien of the United States. A minimum of a 10th grade reading skill level in English is required.

NOTE: The passing of an examination and 100% attendance is required for successful completion of this course.

Students must bring one of the following forms of ID to the training:

  • A driver's license, US passport, government ID or military ID.

    OR
  • A social security card AND employer ID, student photo ID or other similar photo ID.

Location:  Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus OR 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy

Tuition: $85

Additional Fees: Students are responsible for additional fees and required filings as part of the security guard licensing application process.

Complaint Policy: If the school director, or co-director, is unable to resolve an issue with a student, the student may contact the NYS DCJS at (518) 457-4135.

Refund Policy for Security Guard Pre-Assignment 8-Hour Training

Security Guard On-The-Job 16-Hour Training Security Guard On-The-Job 16-Hour Training
16 hours, 1.6 CEUs, Non-Credit
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This is a 16 hour course that must be completed within 90 days of employment as a security guard. The course provides the student with detailed information on the duties and responsibilities a security guard. Topics covered in this course include the Role of the Security Guard, Legal Powers and Limitations, Emergency Situations, Communications and Public Relations, Access Control, Ethics and Conduct, Incident Command System, and Terrorism.

Other Security Guard Training Courses Include:

For answers to frequently asked questions about being a Security Guard in New York State, please visit: www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/securityguard/sguard_faq.html.

Prerequisites: Applicants must be 18 years of age and have completed the Pre-Assignment 8-hour course. Applicants must not have been convicted of a serious criminal offense and must be a citizen or resident alien of the United States. A minimum of a 10th grade reading skill level in English is required.

NOTE: The passing of an examination and 100% attendance is required for successful completion of this course.

Students must bring one of the following forms of ID to the training:

  • A driver's license, US passport, government ID or military ID.

    OR
  • A social security card AND employer ID, student photo ID or other similar photo ID.

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus OR 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy

Tuition: $160

Complaint Policy: If the school director, or co-director, is unable to resolve an issue with a student, the student may contact the NYS DCJS at (518) 457-4135.

Refund Policy for Security Guard Pre-Assignment 16-Hour Training

Security Guard Annual In-Service 8-Hour Training Security Guard Annual In-Service 8-Hour Training
8 hours, .8 CEUs, Non-Credit
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This is an 8 hour course that must be completed within 12 calendar months from completion of the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course for Security Guards, and annually thereafter. The course is structured to provide the student with updated and enhanced information on the duties and responsibilities of a Security Guard. Topics include the Role of the Security Guard, Legal powers and Limitations, Emergency Situations, Communications and Public Relations, Access Control, and Ethics and Conduct.

For answers to frequently asked questions about being a Security Guard in New York State, please visit: www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/securityguard/sguard_faq.html.

Prerequisites: Applicants must be 18 years of age and have completed the Pre-Assignment 8-hour and On-the-Job 16-hour Training Courses. Applicants must not have been convicted of a serious criminal offense and must be a citizen or resident alien of the United States. A minimum of a 10th grade reading skill level in English is required.

Students must bring one of the following forms of ID to the training:

  • A driver's license, US passport, government ID or military ID.

    OR
  • A social security card AND employer ID, student photo ID or other similar photo ID.

NOTE: The passing of an examination and 100% attendance is required for successful completion of this course.

Location:  Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus OR 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy

Tuition: $85