How do Workforce Development Institute classes differ from traditional college classes?

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) offers non-credit training courses for students who need skills training, but do not need credit or a degree for that training. Students who successfully complete a WDI course earn CEUs (Continuing Education Units), which are accepted by many professional organizations, and a Hudson Valley Community College WDI Certificate of Completion.

What are the advantages of taking a Workforce Development Institute course?

Advantages of WDI courses include:

  • Courses emphasize hands-on skills training designed to quickly prepare students for a specific job or career.
  • Most classes are held in the evenings and on weekends, but employers may arrange for daytime training programs.
  • Classes tend to be small with more student-teacher interaction.
  • Many WDI instructors work in the field they are teaching, and many also teach similar credit courses.
  • Most of the courses entail a hands-on field practicum component, in addition to classroom lectures.
  • Some courses are specifically designed to prepare students for an industry-specific certification exam, which may be needed in order to work within that field.

Are there any special requirements?

Details regarding prerequisites and minimum education requirements may be found in the course description.

Where are Workforce Development Institute courses held?

Our main campus in Troy, our TEC-SMART facility in Malta, our Albany Center for Education at 30 North Russell Road (Second Floor), Albany, and a few other locations in the community, depending upon the availability of equipment and space. Employers may request on-site training programs.

Are online courses available?

Some courses are offered online but include in-person instructor interaction on a regularly scheduled basis. Others are online/instructor-led, while still others are online with optional in-person workshops, lab classes, or in the case of Pharmacy Technician, an internship experience.

There are also more than 40 online, independent self-study courses offered, which allow up to six months for completion. New courses are added to our list as they become available.

Who takes Workforce Development Institute courses?

People of various ages and backgrounds take WDI courses, including those who want to:

  • Obtain short-term training so they can quickly enter the workforce.
  • Re-enter the workforce in a new career, change in personal goals or change in work requirements.
  • Add to their skill sets, broaden their knowledge and increase their marketability.
  • Prepare for career changes, career advancement opportunities or retirement goals.
  • Work for an employer who will pay their tuition for work-related training.
  • Provide training opportunities for their employees.

We also work on grants and contracts that allow us to work with special worker populations and the specific training requests of business clients.

Do I get college credit for taking Workforce Development Institute courses?

No, workforce development courses are non-credit and do not count towards a college degree. We do, however, provide Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Certificates of Completion from Hudson Valley’s Workforce Development Institute, as well as industry-related certifications for some courses.

Additionally, in some cases, taking workforce development courses can give you the educational background and experience needed to be considered for Life Experience credit toward one of the college’s credit-bearing certificate or degree programs. For example; the WDI photovoltaic coursework may be used as Liberal Arts elective credit in the credit-bearing PV certificate program.

How often are courses offered?

WDI courses begin at various times of the year. Many are offered each semester. Please consult our schedule of upcoming courses to see which ones are of interest to you and fit into your schedule.

How do I find out about the Workforce Development Institute courses being offered?

View a full schedule of our upcoming courses. Click on the course you are interested in for a full course description and more information on registering.

How do I enroll in Workforce Development Institute courses?

Go to our Registration Information page for detailed information about how to register and pay online, by fax, mail, phone or in-person.

Do I have to take the Hudson Valley Community College Placement Test?

No, a placement test is not required for WDI students.

Am I required to submit immunization records?

No, WDI students are not required to submit immunization records for non-credit courses.

How much does it cost to take a WDI course?

Tuition costs vary and are located on each course detail description page.

Do I need to apply for admission to the college to take a WDI course?

No, WDI students do not need to apply for admission to the college.

Do I need a Certificate of Residence for WDI courses?

No, WDI students do not need a Certificate of Residence.

Can I use financial aid for WDI courses?

No, financial aid is not available for non-credit courses. There may be other ways of obtaining tuition assistance, such as through your employer, your union, referral agencies or the local Department of Labor One-Stop Centers.

What kind of support services can I expect?

WDI students have access to all of the college’s academic support services.

Do these support services include help finding a job?

The Center for Careers and Transfer office can assist WDI students with writing a resume, interviewing techniques and your job search.

How do I obtain textbooks?

If a book is required, it will be listed on the course description page and it will be available at the college’s Viking’s Cove Bookstore, (518) 629-7157, located in the Siek Campus Center.

How do I get more information?

Please fill out a Request for More Information form and we will email or call you with the information you need.