Business & Professional Courses

Writing, communicating, fiscal savviness and computer skills are just some of the key elements needed in many jobs to be successful. Our courses cover training for all types of business settings. Develop new, effective skills to attain the highest level of professionalism.

Business Writing and Reports
20 hours, 2 CEUs, Non-Credit
Blended: Classroom / Online

Sharp writing skills pay off in an increasingly information-oriented workplace! This blended classroom/online course will help you brush up on the mechanics and structure of written communications and add a professional touch to your reports.

You will:

  • Review basic elements of clarity, grammar mechanics, word choice and report writing
  • Benefit from direct instructor feedback

Course Topics:

  • The Writing Process: Preparation, Organization, Writing and Revision
  • Grammar, Mechanics and Punctuation
  • Style and Clarity: Concise and Precise Writing Techniques
  • Correspondence for the Business Environment: Reports and Emails; Business Memos and Letters

The course begins and ends with classroom meetings and will have four weeks of online sessions in-between. Students will work independently on assignments, with access to the instructor for person-to-person interaction, both in the classroom and via email.

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; previous experience using a word processing software program; a flash drive; the ability to submit assignments in MS Word or Word-compatible format; and proficiency using email to submit and retrieve class-related documents.

Required Textbook: Rules for Writers, 7th edition by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. ISBN-13: 9780312647360

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $380

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Startup Business Principles
30 Hours, 3.0 CEUs, Non-Credit

Startup Business Principles

WDI has partnered with the Troy Innovation Garage to offer this complete overview of the necessary steps in developing an idea and starting your own business. In addition, this course provides ample opportunity for hands-on application of core concepts with the Troy Innovation Garage, Gramercy Communications and their partners. This unique program allows you the opportunity to gain valuable experience by partnering with formative-stage companies on real world consulting projects, the chance to develop your own business models and start-up concepts, and an advanced knowledge and understanding of the business start-up process. At the conclusion of this course, you will have completed a detailed marketing plan and presentation for your business idea. This course will prove beneficial to both individuals and teams of entrepreneurs in any stage of business idea development.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Five suggested texts are used along with subscriptions to “Entrepreneur” and “Fast Company” magazines, as well as the Times Union and Albany Business Review. A complete list is available from WDI.

Location: Troy Innovation Garage, 22-24 Fourth St., Troy

Tuition: $600

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