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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The 12-hour, hands-on Drones - Learn to Fly (Intro to sUAS) course teaches business and hobby pilots to fly safely and legally, understand new jobs and business models, and how to get the most out of their drones. The course fee includes a quadcopter with a camera, a computer flight simulator and a workbook.

Topics covered include:

  • Indoor hands-on flight practice using a small model quadcopter
  • Computer simulator training
  • Different types of sUAS including both multi-rotor and fixed-wing
  • Flight systems
  • Flight vehicles, radio controllers, components and characteristics
  • Autonomous flight
  • Routine maintenance
  • Uses and applications
  • Safety and insurance
  • FAA policies concerning sUAS
  • Privacy concerns

Each participant will receive a training certificate of completion. Classes are offered in partnership with SkyOp LLC.

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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To legally operate a drone for any business purpose, FAA regulations now require remote pilot certification. The six-hour, Drone Remote Pilot FAA Test Prep course prepares pilots interested in pursuing commercial opportunities to successfully pass the comprehensive knowledge test required for FAA certification.

Participants will receive a training certificate of completion. Classes are offered in partnership with SkyOp LLC.

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