Workforce Development
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Career Training Programs: Course Schedules and Descriptions

The Workforce Development Institute offers a variety of "open enrollment" credit-free courses for those looking to increase their skills or re-enter the workforce.

Keep your skills current with the Workforce Development Institute!


Air Conditioning Service and RepairAir Conditioning Service and Repair
Non-Credit, 36 hours, 3.6 CEUs

This course provides an in-depth study of the practical aspects of residential and light commercial air conditioning equipment and systems. An emphasis is placed on the theory of heat transfer, good service and installation practices, and the use of instruments and gauges to assist in fault diagnosis. This AC Service and Repair course provides students with entry-level skills in the field of air conditioning installation, service and repair. Upon completion of the course, the student will need to obtain his or her EPA 608 certification prior to working in the field.

Topics include:

  • Terminology
  • Refrigerants and Refrigerant Charging Methods
  • Air Conditioning System Mechanical Components
  • Heat Transfer Theory
  • Pressure Temperature Relationship
  • Tools and Materials
  • Installation Practices
  • Evacuation and Dehydration
  • Mechanical System Fault Diagnosis
  • Electrical Fundamentals System Troubleshooting
  • Refrigerant Recovery

Students are required to bring to class: Safety glasses with side panels and work gloves

Prerequisites: 9th grade reading, writing and math skill levels. Students should have a strong interest in the fundamentals of air conditioning systems.

Textbook: Approx. $120, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology 7th Edition, by Whitman & Johnson, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $650

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
April 1 – May 1, 2014*
Tuesday/Thursday: 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Troy Campus, Williams Hall Tim Smith
*Make-up date, if needed due to a class cancellation: Tuesday, May 6

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


AutoCADAutoCAD Basics
Non-Credit, 30 hours, 3 CEUs

The Workforce Development Institute's 30-hour AutoCAD Basics course is designed for individuals who are interested in learning the fundamentals of design using AutoCAD software.

The objective of the course is to provide students with an overview of AutoCAD software tools and how to use them for specific design tasks.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Produce 2D drawings
  • Create custom templates
  • Demonstrate CAD plotting and layout
  • Demonstrate advanced CAD commands including file management, blocks, x-refs and the creation of libraries
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete complex drawings

Prerequisites: A 10th grade reading and math skill levels. Students should have proficient computer skills, familiar with mouse operations, and navigating the Windows operating system.

Tuition: $595

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
May 17 – June 12, 2014*
Tuesday: 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 5 - 12 only: 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – noon
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park Christopher Keado
*Make-up date, if needed due to a class cancellation: Saturday, June 14

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


AutoCADIntermediate AutoCAD
Non-Credit, 30 hours, 3 CEUs

Intermediate AutoCAD is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more advanced techniques for using AutoCAD software for design.

This course provides students with an overview of AutoCAD software tools, including how to use them for specific design tasks.

Training topics include:

  • Working with blocks
  • Parametric drawings
  • Using sheet sets for design
  • Creating templates
  • Annotation styles
  • External references
  • Managing layers
  • CAD Standards

Prerequisites: Basic AutoCAD skills; Minimum 10th grade reading and math skill levels; Computer skills, including familiarity with navigating the Windows operating system

Textbook: AutoCAD 2013 Tutorial – First Level: 2D Fundamentals, by Randy H. Shih, will be available for purchase at the Viking's Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $595

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
April 24 - May 13, 2014*
Tuesday and Thursday: 6 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. - noon
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park Christopher Keado
*Make-up date, if needed due to a class cancellation: Thursday, May 15

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


CDL Class A Tractor-Trailer License TrainingCDL Class A Tractor-Trailer License Training
Non-Credit, 68 hours, 6.8 CEUs
The Workforce Development Institute, in partnership with All Star Driving School, now offers CDL Class A Tractor-Trailer License Training. This 68-hour training program is designed to accommodate individuals with little or no experience in tractor-trailer driving. The course includes 32 hours in the classroom and 36 hours of on-the-road training, focusing on the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) CDL Exam and industry requirements. This course also counts towards the 160 hours of training required by most transportation companies and their insurance providers.
Note: If you are already associated with a company, they may be willing to waive the additional 100-hour training requirement for you.

On day seven, students will take the DMV written permit test and on day eight, will receive their schedules for their DMV Road Tests, for approximately three weeks later.

The CDL Class A Tractor-Trailer License qualifies drivers for 26,001 lbs. or more Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), and for tow trailer of GVWR 10,001 lbs. or more.

Includes both classroom and on-the-road training!

Classroom Sessions Cover:

  • General knowledge
  • Air brakes
  • Combination
  • Passenger
  • Hazardous materials
  • Tank vehicles
  • Doubles and triples
  • DOT Rules and regulations
  • Log books (daily trip book)
  • Emergency situations
  • Shifting patterns
  • Parking, backing and docking
  • Changing road conditions
  • Review of CDL tests
  • Instructional videotapes

Road Training Lessons Cover:

  • Pre-trip inspection
  • Inside cab inspection
  • Drop and hook-up of trailer
  • Up and down shifting
  • Double clutching
  • Shifting all ranges
  • Shifting by engine tachometer
  • Vehicle turning procedures
  • Tracking of various lengths of trailers
  • Straight backing
  • Parallel parking
  • Blindside backing and docking
  • City and Interstate driving
  • Safety procedures

Prerequisites:

  • Minimum 10th grade math and reading skill levels.

Note: Felony convictions within the past five years may prevent gainful employment.

Tuition: $2,695
Additional Fees: approximately $300
(Permit, $22.50; Road Test Appt., $40; CDL Fee, $165; DOT Physical and Drug Screen, $75 each)

Special Offer from All Star: Complete the industry's 160-hour training requirement. All Star Driving School is offering a special rate of $2800, a 35% discount, to those Hudson Valley Community College WDI students who go on to take All Star's follow-up 100-hour training course. Information about this offer will be available from All Star's Director of Training.

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
April 7 – May 1, 2014*
Monday – Friday (see details below)
25 Industrial Park  Road Albany, NY All Star Driving School
In-Class Training (32 hours): April 7 – 16, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon
Following classroom training, students will have two days to take and pass the written Class A driver's permit exam (April 17, April 18) at the DMV, prior to continuing with the road-training portion of the course. The permit exam fee ($22.50), is paid by the student.
On-The-Road (OTR) Training (36 hours): April 21 – May 1, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon or 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The morning and afternoon sessions will be scheduled individually with the students, and is limited to four hours daily.
*Make-up dates, if needed due to a class cancellation: Friday, May 2; Monday, May 5; Tuesday, May 6

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
April 28 – May 22, 2014*
Monday – Friday (see details below)
25 Industrial Park  Road Albany, NY All Star Driving School
In-Class Training (32 hours): April 28 – May 7, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon
Following classroom training, students will have two days to take and pass the written Class A driver's permit exam (May 8, May 9) at the DMV, prior to continuing with the road-training portion of the course. The permit exam fee ($22.50), is paid by the student.
On-The-Road (OTR) Training (36 hours): May 12 – 22, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon or 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The morning and afternoon sessions will be scheduled individually with the students, and is limited to four hours daily.
*Make-up dates, if needed due to a class cancellation: Friday, May 23; Tuesday, May 27; Wednesday, May 28

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
May 19 – June 13, 2014*
Monday – Friday (see details below)
25 Industrial Park  Road Albany, NY All Star Driving School
In-Class Training (32 hours): May 19 - 29, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon
Following classroom training, students will have two days to take and pass the written Class A driver's permit exam (May 30, June 2) at the DMV, prior to continuing with the road-training portion of the course. The permit exam fee ($22.50), is paid by the student.
On-The-Road (OTR) Training (36 hours): June 3 – 13, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon or 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The morning and afternoon sessions will be scheduled individually with the students, and is limited to four hours daily.
*Make-up dates, if needed due to a class cancellation: Monday, June 16; Tuesday, June 17; Wednesday, June 18

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
June 9 – July 3, 2014*
Monday – Friday (see details below)
25 Industrial Park  Road Albany, NY All Star Driving School
In-Class Training (32 hours): June 9 - 18, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon
Following classroom training, students will have two days to take and pass the written Class A driver's permit exam (June 19, June 20) at the DMV, prior to continuing with the road-training portion of the course. The permit exam fee ($22.50), is paid by the student.
On-The-Road (OTR) Training (36 hours): June 23 – July 3, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon or 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The morning and afternoon sessions will be scheduled individually with the students, and is limited to four hours daily.
*Make-up dates, if needed due to a class cancellation: Monday, July 7; Tuesday, July 8; Wednesday, July 9

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
June 30 – July 25, 2014*
Monday – Friday (see details below)
25 Industrial Park  Road Albany, NY All Star Driving School
In-Class Training (32 hours): June 30 - July 10, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon
Following classroom training, students will have two days to take and pass the written Class A driver's permit exam (July 11, July 14) at the DMV, prior to continuing with the road-training portion of the course. The permit exam fee ($22.50), is paid by the student.
On-The-Road (OTR) Training (36 hours): July 15 – 25, 2014, 8 a.m. – noon or 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The morning and afternoon sessions will be scheduled individually with the students, and is limited to four hours daily.
*Make-up dates, if needed due to a class cancellation: Monday, July 28; Tuesday, July 29; Wednesday, July 30

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Residential WiringElectrical Wiring: Principles and Practices
Non-Credit, 32-hours, 3.2 CEUs

Electrical Wiring: Principles and Practices is a 32-hour training course that provides the student with entry-level electrical skills.

This course provides instruction in performing basic electrical tasks, including recognizing distinguishing characteristics of electrical systems and applying design principles and calculations for electrical distribution systems.

This course also provides the necessary foundation in electricity needed by those who wish to study the field of photovoltaics.

Topics covered include:

  • Electrical Systems and Materials
  • Basics of Electricity
    • Power generation
    • Energy calculations
    • Wiring types, ratings and applications
    • Electrical box sizing
  • Design Guidelines/Building Electrical Planning
    • Circuiting: series and parallel
    • Over-current protection and grounding
    • Direct current, alternating current and Ohm’s Law
    • Single-phase and three-phase electricity
    • Transformers
  • Step up and Step Down Types
    • Voltage drop
    • Electrical design procedures
    • Sizing, installation and layout of circuits
    • Sizing and installation requirements of electrical panelboards
  • Electrical Drafting Conventions

This course will be a mixture of lecture and electrical lab. Electrical safety for residential wiring will be discussed before any hands-on projects will be assigned. Multi-meters will be discussed and demonstrated on how to use on live electrical circuits.

Students are required to bring to class: straight and Phillips head screwdrivers, wire testers, pliers, needle nose pliers, wire strippers for solid wire, utility knife, and safety glasses.

Prerequisites: A minimum 10th grade level reading and math skills.

Textbook: N/A

Tuition: $595

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
March 10 – April 14, 2014*
Monday/Thursday: 6 - 9 p.m. (except Monday, April 14: 6 - 8 p.m.);
Wednesday, 3/26: 6 - 9 p.m.;
Tuesday, 4/8: 6 - 9 p.m.;
(No class: Thursday, 3/27; Monday, 4/7)
Troy Campus, Hudson Hall and HVCC Pressure House John Coffey
*Make-up date, if needed due to a class cancellation: Tuesday, April 15

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Heating Systems Service & Repair Heating Systems Service & Repair
Non-credit, 42 hours, 4.2 CEUs

This Workforce Development course provides introductory training and lab activities in various heating systems using gas, oil and electric.

  • The fundamentals of heating systems, and the service and repair of these systems.
  • The testing of these systems for efficiency and safe operation.
  • Proper installation techniques.
  • Basic service and diagnostic procedures/fault diagnosis on each type of furnace and boiler.
  • Techniques on the proper use of meters, gauges and other diagnostic instruments.

The last day of the course will include a one-hour review and a two-hour exam.

Prerequisites: Minimum 9th Grade Reading, Writing, and Math Skills; Strong Interest in the Fundamentals of Heating Systems

Students are required to bring to class:

  • Safety glasses with side panels
  • Work gloves

Textbook: Approx. $150, Warm Air Heating for Climate Control, 7th Edition, by Lee Quinlan Cooper, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $760

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
Feb. 4 – March 11, 2014*
Tuesday/Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Troy Campus, Williams Hall Tim Smith
*Make-up date, if needed due to a class cancellation: Thursday, March 13

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Introduction to Revit®Introduction to Revit®
Non-credit, 30 hours, 3 CEUs

Introduction to Revit® offers students intensified training in 3D computer-aided drafting (CAD), and building information modeling (BIM), using Autodesk® Revit®.

The course provides students with an overview of Revit® software, focusing on light commercial project applications.  This training is ideal for individuals/firms interested in updating or switching from 2D CAD to 3D and BIM.

Students will participate in the following activities:

  • Producing 2D and 3D drawings
  • Importing AutoCAD drawings and images into Revit®
  • Understanding how Revit® helps with conflict avoidance of beams, pipes and HVAC ductwork before construction.
  • Demonstrating Revit® plotting and sheets
  • Creating/customizing title blocks
  • Demonstrating advanced Revit® commands to create custom components (doors, windows, casework), walls and roofs.
  • Completing presentation and working drawings.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th-grade reading and math skills; computer skills, including familiarity with navigating the Windows operating system.

Textbook: Approx. $60, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2013: No Experience Required, by Eric Wing.

Tuition: $595
Client-specific training dates and content available.
On-site training is available to those businesses that have the necessary software.

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
May 5 – 28, 2014*
Monday/Wednesday: 6 - 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 15 – 22 only: 6 – 9:30 p.m.
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park John Van Oort
*Make-up date, if needed due to a class cancellation: Thursday, May 29

REGISTER NOW!

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Parametric Modeling with SolidWorks 2012, by Randy Shih and Paul SchillingIntroduction to SolidWorks®
Non-credit, 30 hours, 3 CEUs

Introduction to SolidWorks® offers students training in Windows-based 3D mechanical computer-aided drafting (CAD), using parametric modeling.

Course content includes:

  • Background Basics: Parametric modeling basics, files and file management

  • Software Interface: Toolbars and workspaces, file type support, modeling navigation and information, saving and filing

  • Drawing: Sketches, features, model dimensioning, Boolean commands

  • Display Controls: Zoom, pan, orientation, display style

  • Editing: Trim, sketch access, feature access

  • Drawing Aids: Patterns, relations, reference geometry

  • Assemblies: Mating components, inserting parts, exploded assemblies

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th-grade reading and math skills; computer skills, including familiarity with navigating the Windows operating system.

Textbook: Approx. $60, Parametric Modeling with SolidWorks 2012, by Randy Shih and Paul Schilling.

Tuition: $595
Client-specific training dates and content available.
On-site training is available to those businesses that have the necessary software.

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
May 21 – June 19, 2014*
Monday-Thursday: 6 – 9 p.m.
Troy Campus, Lang Hall Peter Fil
*Make-up date, if needed due to a class cancellation: Wednesday, June 25

REGISTER NOW!

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Exam Prep Course, Blended Classroom + OnlineNABCEP Solar Heating Installer Exam Prep Course, Blended Classroom + Online
Non-Credit, 32 Hours (16 hours online + 16 hours in classroom), 3.2 CEUs

NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification™ is the leading industry credential for individuals seeking professional recognition in the solar heating industry. This certification allows installers to demonstrate their experience in the field and their expertise in understanding solar heating technology and how it is installed. In addition, NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Certification is required by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to qualify for their incentive programs.

This course assists individuals in preparation for the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Exam. Through a combination of online and in-person training, participants will explore the details of the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Job Task Analysis and review the industry resources necessary for successful completion of the exam. This course will also detail standards, codes and best practices related to the installation of solar heating systems in New York State.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the solar heating installer job task analysis and its relevance to the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Exam
  • Identify the primary references for the NABCEP Solar Heating Exam
  • Distinguish content from the NABCEP solar heating installer primary references that is applicable to the NABCEP Solar Heating Job Task Analysis
  • Identify industry standards relating to solar heating design and installation
  • Describe specific code requirements and industry standards related to solar heating installations
  • Demonstrate proficiency in each domain of the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Job Task Analysis

Prerequisites:

  • Registration for the October NABCEP Solar Heating Installer Exam, or
  • Eligible Installer for NYSERDA's Solar Thermal Incentive Program, or
  • Eligible solar heating installer through another state's energy office or licensing board

This course is for installation professionals who have installed at least four (4) solar heating systems and/or are recognized as installers by NYSERDA or an equivalent agency in another state. Due to the online content in the course, participants should also have basic computer literacy and access to a computer with high-speed internet access.

All candidates for the NABCEP Solar Heating Installer exam must have experience in the instillation of solar heating systems and a specified level of training or work experience.

Textbook: NABCEP (SH) Solar Heating Installer Resource Guide, (free digital edition available online or print edition available from NABCEP)

Tuition: $450

Upcoming Course Schedule TBA - please call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu to indicate your interest in this course.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Pharmacy Technician
Blended Classroom/Online Option
Online Option
Non-Credit, 108 hours, 10.8 CEUs

You can prepare for a career in pharmacy, beginning as a pharmacy technician. This training is now available in two convenient formats - an online-only course and as a blended classroom/online course.

There is an increasing demand from pharmacies for well-trained pharmacy technicians, especially those who have passed the certification exam. This course provides both job training and preparation for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. It focuses on the retail pharmacy industry and emphasizes the importance of customer service. Those students who wish to work in hospital or veterinary pharmacies will generally receive additional on-the-job training specific to those environments.

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade reading and math skill levels; basic computer skills; access to a personal computer with Internet access.

Textbooks: Books, costing approximately $150, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $1,525

Additional Cost (optional): The National Pharmacy Technician Exam (PTCE) is not administered by the college, and the fee is not included in the tuition. Students who elect to take the exam should make arrangements with the testing organization, to register for the test and to pay the organization's testing fee, (approximately $130).

Pharmacy Technician — Blended Classroom/Online Option
This non-credit course includes 25 three-hour in-person sessions, including an 18-hour internship in a pharmacy, and 11 three-hour online sessions, totaling 108 hours. The course is designed to prepare students for the national Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE).

The classroom sessions are conducted on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the college's Albany Extension Center, located on the 4th floor of 175 Central Avenue.

The internship is comprised of six sessions at a pharmacy, and attendance is required for course completion.

The online sessions are scheduled for each Friday, with both the students and the instructor participating independently, but simultaneously.

Please Note: Participation in the internship is contingent upon passing a background check. Students in this training program must not have any felonies or drug-related criminal offenses on their records.

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
March 25 – June 20, 2014*
Tuesday and Thursday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: Albany Extension Center

Friday: Online
Debra Brown
*Make-up dates, if needed due to a class cancellation: Tuesday, June 24; Thursday, June 26

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.

Pharmacy Technician — Online Option
This course is conducted exclusively online to provide you with the flexibility to learn on your own schedule. You will have e-mail access to the instructor, and you will participate in discussion boards with fellow students. Our online students now also have the option of participating in an 18-hour internship, which is held in an Albany-area pharmacy.

Please Note: Most pharmacies require a background check of their job applicants, and students who participate in the internship component of this program must pass a background check, with no felonies or drug-related criminal offenses on their records.

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
March 25 – June 20, 2014 Online Debra Brown

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Photovoltaic Systems CertificatePhotovoltaic Systems Certificate
The Workforce Development Institute at Hudson Valley Community College offers a Photovoltaic Systems Certificate for those students who successfully complete the following three courses:

This Certificate provides students a way to demonstrate to employers their success in courses based on NABCEP standards and their knowledge of photovoltaic systems, from basic electrical theory to solar panel design and installation!

How is the job outlook?
17,000 jobs in the solar energy industry were added in 2009, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. A similar rise in jobs is anticipated for the 2010 fiscal year. The number of solar energy installations in the U.S. is forecast to grow from 292,000 in 2008 to 888,000 in 2012.

Prerequisite: Strong math skills recommended.

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


PV - Basics, Electricity For Photovoltaic SystemsPV - Basics, Electricity For Photovoltaic Systems
Non-Credit, 30 Hours, 3 CEUs

As an introduction to Solar Energy, learn about the following elements of electricity:

  • Basic Electrical Theory
  • Electrical Measurements
  • Electrical Devices
  • Electrical Wiring
  • Solar Panels

Prepare for employment in the growing sustainable energy industry!

Earn the WDI Photovoltaic Systems Certificate by successfully completing the following:

Students are required to bring to class:

  • Safety glasses with side panels
  • Wire skinning knife
  • Work gloves

Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $495

Upcoming Course Schedule TBA - please call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu to indicate your interest in this course.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


PV - Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power)PV - Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power) Classroom
Non-Credit, 40 hours, 4 CEUs

Hudson Valley Community College’s Workforce Development Institute offers a 40-hour non-credit PV-Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power) course, which covers the fundamentals of photovoltaic (PV) systems design and installation.

The objective of the course is to prepare students for taking the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Exam.

The course curriculum complies with NABCEP’s “Learning Objectives” for the Entry Level exam.

Earn the WDI Photovoltaic Systems Certificate by successfully completing the following:

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade-level reading and math skills; previous electrical training/experience helpful.

Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $750

NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam (Optional): $150 for HVCC PV Students

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
Jan. 28 – March 8, 2014*
Tuesday: 6 – 9 p.m.,
except Tuesday, March 4: 6 – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.,
except Saturday, March 8: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park and Troy Campus Barry Witte and Greg Crawford
*Make-up dates, if needed due to a class cancellation: Tuesday, March 11; Saturday, March 15

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


PV - Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power)PV - Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power) Online
Non-Credit, 40 hours, 4 CEUs

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute offers an ONLINE version of its 40-hour non-credit PV-Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power) course, which covers the fundamentals of photovoltaic (PV) systems design and installation.

PV-Entry Level Photovoltaics - ONLINE utilizes LAB VIDEOS prepared by Workforce Development Institute instructors specifically for this course. Narrated slide show presentations, randomized chapter quizzes, and discussion forums provide additional course content. An instructor is available for feedback on assignments and to discuss technical questions.

The objective of the course is to prepare students for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Exam.

The course curriculum complies with NABCEP's "Learning Objectives" for the Entry Level exam.

Earn the WDI Photovoltaic Systems Certificate by successfully completing the following:

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade-level reading and math skills; previous electrical training/experience helpful.

Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop, will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $750

NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam (Optional): On campus: $155 for Hudson Valley Community College PV Students; $170 for all others. Students living out of the region should visit www.nabcep.org for a provider near you.

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
Jan. 28 – March 15, 2014 Online Barry Witte

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


NABCEP Entry Level ExamNABCEP Entry Level Exam
Non-Credit, 2 hours

The Workforce Development Institute (WDI) of Hudson Valley Community College is a registered provider of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners’ (NABCEP) PV Entry Level Exam for those who successfully complete an approved PV-Entry Level course.

Passing the exam and earning the NABCEP Entry Level Certificate is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of grid-tied and stand-alone PV Systems.

By passing this industry-sponsored Entry Level Exam, individuals may find that their employment opportunities in the solar energy field are enhanced, especially as the market for solar power grows, since they will be starting the job with an understanding of the basic terms and operational aspects of a PV system.

The NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam should not be confused with the NABCEP PV Installers Exam. Passing the NABCEP PV Entry Level Exam does not qualify individuals as NABCEP-Certified PV Installers, who are required to pass a much more rigorous examination and to demonstrate the capability to supervise complete PV system installations. For more information, please visit NABCEP.org.

Earn the WDI Photovoltaic Systems Certificate by successfully completing the following:

PLEASE NOTE: A government issued ID is required to be admitted into the exam.

Prerequisite: Proof of Completion of NABCEP-approved PV-Entry Level course.

Exam Fee: $150 for HVCC PV Students

Upcoming Course Schedule TBA - please call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu to indicate your interest in this course.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


PV - Advanced Photovoltaic (Solar) Electric SystemsPV-Advanced Solar Power Systems with Installer Workshop
Non-Credit, 40 hours, 4 CEUs

PV-Advanced is designed for individuals who are preparing for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Installer certification process. The course follows the NABCEP Study Guide for Photovoltaic System Installers, and includes both theory and hands-on experience.

The course curriculum will cover the following major job/task areas:

  • Working Safely with Photovoltaic Systems
  • Conducting a Site Assessment
  • Selecting a System Design
  • Adapting the Mechanical Design
  • Adapting the Electrical Design
  • Installing Subsystems and Components at the Site
  • Performing a System Checkout and Inspection
  • Maintaining and Troubleshooting a System

Earn the WDI Photovoltaic Systems Certificate by successfully completing the following:

Prerequisites: Completion of PV-Basics, Electricity for Photovoltaic Systems; and PV-Entry Level Photovoltaics (Solar Power)

Textbooks: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop, and National Electric Code, 2011 will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $750

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
April 26 - May 31, 2014*
Tuesday: 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 26 - May 10: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 17 and May 31: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park and Troy Campus TBA
*Make-up dates, if needed due to a class cancellation: Tuesday, June 3; Saturday, June 7

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


PV - Advanced Photovoltaic (Solar) Electric SystemsPV-Advanced, Installer Workshop
Non-Credit, 10-hours, 1 CEU

Learn the basic processes, equipment, system checks and tools required for installing a roof-mounted solar panel array. Hands-on experiences include:

  • PV Systems Checks: Identify PV components and use measurement devices to determine system performance

  • Sizing PV Arrays: Determine the size of the solar array required for the project

  • PV Energy Calculation: Determine the energy generated and how it relates to the NYSERDA application process to secure rebate funds

  • Roof Mount Systems: How to mount, wire and ground solar panels for a roof project

Prerequisites: Completion of PV-BASICS, Electricity for Photovoltaic Systems; and PV-ENTRY LEVEL, Photovoltaic-Solar Power; and have completed an advanced level PV course, or have relevant work experience.

Required Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop, and National Electric Code, 2011; will be available at the Viking's Cove bookstore.

Tuition: $175

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
May 17 – 31, 2014*
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Troy Campus TBA
*Make-up date, if needed due to a class cancellation: Saturday, June 7

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


PV – Solar Technical Sales and MarketingPV – Solar Technical Sales and Marketing
Non-Credit, 52 hours. 5.2 CEUs

The PV Sales and Marketing course focuses on the solar power professional. It covers the skills and techniques of photovoltaic (PV) systems sales, from marketing to installation and customer satisfaction.

The curriculum is based on the "Learning Objectives" for the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV Technical Sales Exam. Its objective is to help prepare students to take the exam, and to become integral to the actual day-to-day success of their own or their employers' companies.

Course Topics Include:

  • Marketing
    • Research
    • Analysis
    • Measurement
    • Implementation
    • Creating a Marketing Plan

  • Sales Skills
    • Attention
    • Interest
    • Conviction
    • Desire
    • Close

  • PV Technical Sales: Residential, Commercial, Not-for-Profit and Institutional
    • Site analysis (remote and on-site)
    • Financial costs, incentives and savings, (in dollars and green issues)
    • Financial incentives
    • Cost-benefit analysis
    • Non-financial benefit analysis
    • Performance analysis of power, energy and costs
    • Creating the written proposal

Prerequisites: Minimum 10th grade reading and math skills; completion of a PV entry-level course, or proof of previous PV solar experience/training.

Textbook: Photovoltaic Systems by James Dunlop; available for purchase at the Viking's Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $975

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
April 23 – May 31, 2014*
Monday/Wednesday: 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday: April 26 – May 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Saturday: May 31, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park Charles Wicker
*Make-up date, if needed due to a class cancellation: Monday, June 2; Wednesday, June 4; Saturday, June 7

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Security Guard Annual In-Service 8-Hour TrainingSecurity Guard Annual In-Service 8-Hour Training
Non-Credit, 8 hours, .8 CEUs

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.state.ny.us/lcns/professions/securityguard/guardfaq.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.

Tuition: $85

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
Friday, Feb. 21, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park Paul Deyss

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
Saturday, March 1, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park Paul Deyss

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Security Guard Pre-Assignment 8-Hour TrainingSecurity Guard Pre-Assignment 8-Hour Training
Non-Credit, 8 hours, .8 CEUs

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. The passing of an examination is required for successful completion of this course.

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.state.ny.us/lcns/professions/securityguard/guardfaq.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.

Tuition: $85

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
Saturday, April 5, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park Paul Deyss

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Security Guard On-The-Job 16-Hour TrainingSecurity Guard On-The-Job 16-Hour Training
Non-Credit, 16 hours, 1.6 CEUs

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. The passing of an examination is required for successful completion of this course.

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.state.ny.us/lcns/professions/securityguard/guardfaq.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.

Tuition: $160

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
April 12 – 13, 2014
Saturday/Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park Paul Deyss

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Water Treatment PlantWater Treatment Plant Advanced Operations, Grade I
Non-Credit, 60 hours, 6 CEUs

The Water Treatment Plant Advanced Operations, Grade I course is one of the modules required by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to become certified as a Grade IA or Grade IB water treatment plant operator in New York State; (the second module is on Management and Supervision and is a separate course). The Grade IA certificate is required at water treatment plants with filtration that were designed for 2.5 MGD and over. The Grade IB is required for water treatment plants that are designed for 2.5 MGD or over, without filtration.

There is also a 10-year experience requirement for the certification. Generally the course is taken by those operators already possessing a Grade IIA or Grade IIB water operator certificate. The course is an in-depth course in water treatment, with a heavy emphasis on math, chemistry, biology, the intricacies of water treatment, water treatment plant optimization and the rules, regulations and legal requirements of operating a water treatment plant.

Note: For NYSDOH-approved water treatment courses, 100 percent attendance is required. In order to satisfactorily complete the course, students who miss any hours of the class will be required to make up those hours by arrangement with the instructor.

Prerequisites: Completion of approved Grade A or Grade B Water Treatment Plant Operators course; 10th grade reading and math levels

Textbooks: (available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore)
AWWA Water Operator Field Guide by John M. Stubbart, Timothy J. McCandless, William C. Lauer
Water Treatment Plant Operation Volume I, 6th Edition, by Kenneth Kerri
Water Treatment Plant Operation Volume II, 5th Edition, by Kenneth Kerri

Tuition: $960

Upcoming Course Schedule TBA - please call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu to indicate your interest in this course.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.


Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade A/B
Non-Credit, 60 hours
, 6 CEUs

;

This course covers the practices and processes involved in the operation of a modern water treatment plant. You will learn the legal requirements, chemistry, hydraulic laboratory analysis, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration and disinfection. The course meets minimal New York State Department of Health training requirements for certification of either an A or B-class water treatment plant operator. Tuition includes materials.

Note: For NYSDOH-approved water treatment courses, 100 percent attendance is required. In order to satisfactorily complete the course, students who miss any hours of the class will be required to make up those hours by arrangement with the instructor.

Prerequisites:
• Strong math and science skills recommended
• To receive NYS certification, one (1) year of experience at a water treatment plant, or one (1) year operating experience, is required.

Textbook: The required textbook will be available for purchase at the Viking’s Cove Bookstore.

Tuition: $960

Upcoming Course Schedule:
Meeting Dates and Times Location Instructor
March 31 – June 11, 2014*
Monday/Wednesday: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
400 Jordan Road, Rensselaer Technology Park Tom Biggins and Neil Bonesteel
*Make-up dates, if needed: Monday, June 16 and June 23; Wednesday, June 18 and June 25

REGISTER NOW!

For more information, call (518) 629-4235 or 629-4827, or e-mail workforce@hvcc.edu.

FINANCIAL AID: Non-credit courses do not qualify for Financial Aid. Ask your local DOL One-Stop Centers and other funding sources about financial assistance for job training.