Academics

Non-Credit Courses

Spring 2015 Non-Credit Courses

Allied Health Courses      Archaeology     Children and Teens       Computer       CRHRA     Culinary     Music     MSSC Logistics Training     Personal Enrichment     Professional Development     Test Assessing Secondary Completion and ESL     Wellness


For the online list of Non-Credit courses and their locations, click here.
For a printable PDF of the Spring Non-Credit course book, please, click here

Allied Health

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA)
CFE 007
Please call the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Office at (518) 621-4007 for additional information or visit our website: sunysccc.edu/wfd/HPOG. The CNA program prepares students to take the written and practical skill exam to obtain the New York State Nursing Home Nurse Aide Certification. A Certified Nurse Aide performs delegated tasks involving personal care of residents of long-term care skilled nursing facilities. The majority of CNAs are employed at geriatric nursing facilities; however CNAs are also in demand for work with pediatric and developmentally disabled residents. The SCCC/HPOG CNA course has a minimum of 90 classroom hours and a minimum of 30 hours of rotations in clinical sites. Included in the HPOG CNA training is an additional 40 hours of Personal Care Aide (PCA) training for those who might prefer to work in home settings. The CNA/PCA course lasts approximately 7 weeks and, to ensure success, it provides more than the required number of classroom and lab hours.

Home Health Aide (HHA)
CFE 014
Please call the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Office at (518) 621-4007 for additional information or visit our website: sunysccc.edu/wfd/HPOG. A Home Health Aide (HHA) has a scope of care services wider and more advanced than a PCA. Several times a year, we offer this standalone 4 week, 75 hour training, which includes 40 hours to reach PCA and 8 hours clinical rotations in a home care or assisted living setting. Labor market analysis projects growing demand and high need in home care professionals in the near future. This course is ideally suited to those wishing to work with residents in their homes.

Community Health Worker (CHW)
CFE 113-117
Please call the Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) office at (518) 621-4007 for additional information or visit our website: sunysccc.edu/wfd/HPOG. Community health workers are frontline public health workers who perform a wide range of activities, such as community outreach and education, advocacy, informal counseling, basic health screening, and social support. They possess in-depth knowledge about and are often trusted members of the communities they serve. The CHW certificate can be obtained after successful completion of 96 hours of classroom training (divided into four consecutive courses) and 96 hours of internship. The courses and internship will be offered twice a year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in this emerging field is expected to increase 22% from 2012 to 2022 nationwide.

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Archaeology

Archaeological Research
January 1-May 31, By Appointment

CRN# 11255 CFP 100-51
Fee: $25
Instructor: Louise Basa
This course is mandatory for students of the Community Archaeology Program who wish to volunteer at different archaeological sites in Schenectady County. Students will conduct research activities in field and laboratory settings. Students must speak with instructors before registering for this course. Click here to register.

Archaeology Laboratory Practices and Site Study
Wednesday, February 18-April 29, 6-8:30 p.m.

No class 3/18
CRN# 11258 CFP 103-51
Fee: $150
Instructor: Darrell Pinckney
This course gives participants an opportunity to enhance their laboratory skills by learning to further analyze artifacts and materials for identification, processing, and conservation. Artifacts from selected archaeological sites will be used; with a concentration on the manufacturing, processing and conservation methodologies for a variety of organic and inorganic objects. Sessions include lectures, visual media, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Pre-requisite: CFP 106 Historical Archaeology & Field Study or CFP 102 Native American Archaeology & Field Study. Click here to register.

Historical Archaeology and Field Study
Thursday, February 26-May 7, 6-9 p.m.

No class 3/19
CRN# 11260 CFP 106-51
Fee: $175
Instructor: Diana Carter
This course is designed to introduce participants to the field of historical archaeology and to explore methods employed for the study of people of the past. Students will investigate local and regional lifeways of peoples who resided in the Northeast from the 17th century through the 19th century. Lectures, readings, discussions and hands-on activities are among the teaching methods employed. Materials fee: two textbooks totaling $50 are required. Field date to be scheduled separately. Click here to register.

Intro to Ceramic Preservation, Restoration and Identification
Mondays, March 2-30, 6:30-9 p.m.

No class 3/16
CRN# 11264 CFP 110-51
Fee: $75
Instructor: Melody Howarth
In this course, students will learn how to research and identify ceramic objects. Students will be introduced to the vast world of ceramic mending and restoration. Topics also include the history of ceramics. Click here to register.

Archaeological Field Work Program
Thursdays, March 31-May 19, 6-8:30 p.m.

CRN# 11263 CFP 109
Fee: $150
Instructor: Adam Lucier
This course gives students an opportunity to learn and/or enhance specific archaeological fieldwork skills. It is designed to train students in applying the basic principles of surveying to a site area by using a transit and other techniques for surface mapping. Students will also receive formal training in excavating and recording archaeological data. Field sessions will take place at archaeological sites in the area. Pre-requisite: CFP 106 Historical Archaeology & Field Study or CFP 102 Native American Archaeology & Field Study. Click here to register.

Trade, Colonial and 19th Century Pottery
Tuesdays, April 7-May 19, 6-8:30 p.m.

CRN# 11259 CFP 104-51
Fee: $145
Instructor: Marilyn Sassi
Beginning with the 17th century types of pottery found at Fort Orange, this course will follow the development of ceramics through the 19th century. Students will be able to closely study and handle early examples within an 18th century setting. Click here to register.

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Children and Teen Courses

Piano Lessons for Children and Teens
February 2-April 17, By Appointment

No lessons the week of March 16-21
CRN# 11272 CFP 300-51
Fee: $200
Instructor: Maria Elmer
This course, designed especially for the beginner ages 6-17, will include fundamental instruction in note reading, rhythm recognition, proper hand position, and chords. Instruction will consist of 10, half-hour individual lessons. Click here to register.

Guitar Lessons for Kids
February 2-April 17, By Appointment

No lessons the week of March 16-21
CRN# 11277 CFP 305-01
Fee: $250
Instructor: Paul Quigley
This course, designed especially for the beginner ages 6-17, will include fundamental instruction in reading notes, strumming chords to songs, and technical development. Instruction will consist of 10, half-hour individual lessons. Students of all skill levels are welcome. Students must bring their own guitars. Click here to register.

Voice Lessons for Children and Teens
February 2-April 17, By Appointment

No lessons the week of March 16-21
CRN# 11278 CFP 306-51
Fee: $200
Instructor: Peter Waite
Students will learn proper singing technique and vocal independence through solo work. Students should be 6-17 years of age. Instruction will consist of 10, half-hour individual lessons. Click here to register.

Kidz Art logoIntro to Acrylics for Teens
Wednesdays, March 25-May 6, 6-7:30 p.m.

No class April 8
CRN# 11274 CFP 304-51
Fee: $200
Instructor: KidzArt
Never painted before but want to try? Enjoy painting and want to learn a few new techniques? This course is designed for artists of all ability levels. Students will learn about acrylic painting and different painting techniques. All materials will be provided. Click here to register.

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Computer Courses

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
Wednesday, February 25-April 15, 6-9 p.m.

No class March 18
CRN# 11285 CFP 407-51
Fee: $250
Instructor: Serge Zaslavsky
Start working with your photos like a pro. This beginning level class will show you how to use the tools available in Adobe Photoshop (version CS4). Students will learn to enhance their photos and how to work with layers. Weekly projects will better acquaint you with the Photoshop Environment. Students are required to bring a flash drive to class. Click here to register.

Computer and Internet Safety & Security
Tuesday, March 10, 6-8 p.m.

CRN# 11282 CFP 403-51
Fee: $25
Instructor: techKnow PROF
If you think you’re safe from cybercriminals just because you installed anti-virus on your computer, think again. Virus attacks are just one of the many dangers you face every time you turn on a computer, open an e-mail, surf the Web, go on Facebook or use a wireless network. Learn the basic dos and don’ts everyone should follow for safer computing. Laptop users: bring your laptop for some basic hands-on safety settings. Click here to register.

Introduction to Power Point
Mondays, March 23-May 4, 6-8 p.m.

CRN# 11281 CFP 401-51
Fee: $125
Instructor: B:>Compatible
Many colleges and universities require students to prove their oral proficiency through frequent presentations. Many companies require their employees to present information in group settings. This course is designed to introduce students to Microsoft PowerPoint, the presentation graphics program. PowerPoint gives you everything you need to produce a professional-looking presentation. You can print slides, print handouts, print notes pages, prepare for 35mm slides, or deliver an on-screen presentation. Click here to register.

Web Options for Small Businesses on a Shoestring Budget
Tuesday, March 24, 6-8 p.m.

CRN# 11283 CFP 405-51
Fee: $25
Instructor: techKnow PROF
Every business needs a Web presence these days. Explore free or inexpensive online tools you can use yourself to create a Web presence for your business, including easy-to-use website building tools, e-commerce “stores in a box,” and social networking sites. Examine the pros and cons of each tool and choose the ones that are right for your business and customers. Click here to register.

Intermediate Excel
Tuedays, March 24-May 5, 6-8 p.m.

CRN# 11280 CFP 415-51
Fee: $125
Instructor: B:>Compatible
This course is geared toward the student who is familiar with Excel and ready to build upon that knowledge. This course will focus on pivot tables, using formulas for (but not limited to) financial, lookup and reference, and math and trig. Students will also learn about conditional formatting, how to protect your spreadsheet from changes and how to create macros for repetitive work. Advance charting and forms for easy data entry will also be covered. Click here to register.

Introduction to MS Word
Thursday, March 26-May 7, 6-8 p.m.

CRN# 11252 CFA 172-51
Fee: $125
Instructor: B:>Compatible
This introductory course covers the basics of word processing and provides instruction on how to create attractive, appealing documents. Colleges and universities require students to prove their writing proficiency by composing numerous papers. Competent word processing skills are needed for optimum communication. Click here to register.

Building a Free Website
Tuesday, March 31, 6-8 p.m.

CRN# 11284 CFP 406-51
Fee: $25
Instructor: techKnow PROF
If you want a website but aren’t sure where to begin, start with Weebly.com. Weebly offers a free, easy-to-use drag and drop site building tool for “non-techies.” Weebly supplies the page designs and you supply the content. Weebly automatically creates a mobile-ready version of your website so people can find it on their smart phones and tables. In this hands-on course you will learn how to use Weebly to build your free web pages. Click here to register.

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Culinary Courses

Knife Skills and Basic Cooking Techniques
Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

CRN# 11288 CFP 507-01
Fee: $95
Instructor: Paul Krebs
The primary emphasis of this workshop will be on teaching students to safely use a chef’s knife. The instructor will demonstrate proper technique for slicing, dicing, chopping and julienne (matchstick cut). Students will practice these skills on a variety of fresh vegetables. The instructor will discuss knife selection and show various methods of sharpening knives. Utilizing the vegetables cut in class, the chef will demonstrate a variety of basic cooking techniques including steaming, blanching, sautéing, braising and roasting. Students are encouraged to e-mail the instructor, Chef Paul Krebs, at krebspv@sunysccc.edu prior to class for suggestions on bringing a suitable knife for class. There will be additional knives available for students to try. All students must come dressed to cook with an apron, a hat to restrain their hair and closed toed shoes. Click here to register.

Pies and Tarts
Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

CRN# 11289 CFP 508-01
Fee: $95
Instructor: Paul Krebs
Chef Paul Krebs will teach students the basic techniques of pie and tart making. To demonstrate the different techniques and doughs, the class will prepare fresh fruit tarts, chocolate cream pie and rustic, free-form, apple-raspberry galettes. All students must come dressed to cook with an apron, a hat to restrain their hair and closed toed shoes. Click here to register.

Basic Cookie Decorating
Monday, March 30, 6-9 p.m.

CRN# 11287 CFP 504-51
Fee: $45
Instructor: Rebecca Yates
In this course students will get an introduction to decorating cookies with royal icing using piping bags and decorating bottles. After an icing and cooking making demonstration, students will decorate a dozen cookies with frosting made in class. Students will get to take their cookies home. Students are required to purchase a $20 cookie decorating kit, which will be distributed in class. Click here to register.

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Music Courses

Piano Lessons for Adults
February 2-April 17, By Appointment

No lessons the week of March 16-21
CRN# 11290 CFP 600-51
Fee: $200
Instructor: Maria Elmer
This course, designed especially for the beginner, will include fundamental instruction in note reading, rhythm recognition, proper hand position, and chords. Instruction will consist of 10, half-hour individual lessons. Click here to register.

Guitar Lessons for Adults
February 2-April 17, By Appointment

No lessons the week of March 16-21
CRN# 11293 CFP 604-51
Fee: $250
Instructor: Paul Quigley
Learn how to play the guitar! This course will include fundamental instruction in reading notes, strumming chords to songs, and technical development. Instruction will consist of 10, half-hour individual lessons. Students of all skill levels are welcome. Click here to register.

Voice Lessons for Adults
February 2-April 17, By Appointment

No lessons the week of March 16-21
CRN# 11295 CFP 306-51
Fee: $200
Instructor: Peter Waite
Students will learn proper singing technique and vocal independence through solo work. Instruction will consist of 10, half-hour individual lessons.Click here to register.

Songwriting
Saturdays, April 4-May 9, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

CRN# 11294 CFP 605-01
Fee: $175
Instructor: Kit Goldstein Grant
This course will focus on the technical elements of songwriting. Students will work on writing their own songs while learning the basics of song form, lyric writing, rhyme, melody and harmony. Both beginning songwriters and those with experience are welcome. The ability to read music is recommended. Click here to register.

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MSSC Logistics Training

The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is an industry-led, training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation’s front-line production and material handling workers. The nationwide MSSC System, based upon industry-defined and federally-endorsed standards, offers both entry-level and incumbent workers the opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the skills increasingly needed in the technology-intensive jobs of the 21st century. For more information please contact Michael Henderson, Coordinatory of Workforce Development at (518) 396-5982 or hendermb@sunysccc.edu.

CLA Course (Foundational Level) The course provides students with the foundational broad knowledge they will need to understand the world of supply chain and related core competencies. The course covers topics that front-line workers in supply chain logistics should understand. Classroom and course topics include safety, quality control, communications, teamwork, good workplace conduct and familiarity with the key computer systems used in supply chain operations.

CLT Course (Mid-level Technical) This course provides students with the mid-level technical knowledge needed to understand the world of supply chain logistics and related core competencies. The course covers a higher level of knowledge needed by front-line workers through front-line supervisors and traces the flow of a product from the time it enters a logistics facility through its processing, storage and shipment until it is transported to a final destination. Course topics include: product receiving, product storage, order processing, packaging and shipment, inventory control, safe handling of hazardous materials, evaluation of transportation modes, customs, and dispatch and tracking operations.

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Personal Enrichment

Introduction to Horticulture: Learn to Identify Plants
Mondays, March 23-May 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

CRN# 11298 CFP 702-51
Fee: $100
Instructor: Charles Schmitt
Students will learn to identify and use all types of plants in the home landscape. This course will cover flowering and shade trees as well as shrubs for the home landscape. The course will also review perennials, groundcovers, bulbs, ornamental grasses, and annuals. How to plant, prune and divide various plants will also be reviewed. In addition, insect, mite and disease identification and control will be discussed. Click here to register.

Discover the Actor Inside
Wednesday, March 25-May 13, 6-8 p.m.

CRN# 11297 CFP 704-51
Fee: $195
Instructor: Lora Lee Ecobelli
This beginner level acting course will focus on building a solid foundation in the art of acting. Students will concentrate on monologues, character work and scene study. The instructor uses a mixture of creative exercises, theatre games and improvisation to build confidence and access emotions. Students learn how to work organically and honestly by mastering their technique in a supportive, creative and fun environment. Using diverse material from classic and contemporary playwrights, students will track a character’s journey through a scene and learn how action and behavior shape characterization and learn how to create truly memorable characters by developing distinct physical and emotional personalities. Students will explore script analysis on a deeper level with a sharper understanding of subtext, metaphor and plot. Audition and cold reading skills will also be offered. Rehearsal with a scene partner outside of class is required. The class will culminate in an open workshop production. Click here to register.

Intro to Acrylic Painting
Thursdays, March 26-April 30, 6-8 p.m.

CRN# 11265 CFP 150-51
Fee: $175
Instructor: Art Innovators
Never painted before but want to try? No problem. Enjoy painting and want to learn a few new techniques? We are here to help. This class is designed for artists of all ability levels. Students will learn about acrylic painting, painting techniques and have fun learning. All materials will be provided. Click here to register.

Conversational Spanish
Mondays, March 30-May 18, 5-7 p.m.

CRN# 11299 CFP 703-51
Fee: $125
Instructor: Sandra Gonzalez
This beginner’s course will emphasize conversational skills that are essential for those planning to travel to Spanish speaking countries or who need to communicate in Spanish. Topics include key phrases, greetings and pleasantries, food, clothing, shopping terms, principle verbs, as well as cultural norms and much more. Click here to register.

Intro to Hand Painted, Kiln Fired Arts
Tuesday, March 31-May12, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

CRN# 11266 CFP 151-51
Fee: $145
Instructor: Sharon Roberts Karl
Students will get to choose either a water scene or floral design and learn basic strokes to paint and complete a 6" X 6" glazed porcelain tile using methods hundreds of years old. The tiles will be fired several times in a kiln reaching temperatures over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit. Each progressive application of paint and firing will bring intensity to the colors on the tile. Through this process, the colors will drop into the clay and adhere permanently. Students will finish their painting with a choice of either a wall frame or trivet. Students will also get a chance to paint and fire a piece of clear glass. Additionally, students will explore some of the history and science of this ancient art form. Materials fee: Please bring $30 to the first class meeting. Click here to register.

Playwriting for Adults
Saturdays, April 4-May 9, 2-5 p.m.

CRN# 11296 CFP 700-01
Fee: $150
Instructor: Kit Goldstein
This course will cover the fundamentals of playwriting and use exercises and work shopping to help students begin transforming their original ideas into plays. Students will work outside of class to complete outlines and scenes and bring them to class for readings and discussion. Both beginning playwrights and those with experience are welcome. Required materials: Playwriting, Brief & Brilliant by Julie Jensen. Click here to register.

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Professional Development

Notary Public Review
Wednesday, February 25, 1-4:30 p.m.

CRN# 11268 CFP 201-01
Fee: $100
Thursday, April 23, 1-4:30 p.m.
CRN# 11269 CFP 201-02
Fee: $100
Instructor: Steven E. Williams
This course will prepare the student for the New York State Notary Public test and provide a comprehensive view of the Notary Public office. Confusing laws, concepts and procedures will be clearly explained and examples will be provided to discuss situations that a Notary Public officer is likely to encounter. Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, deferring to an attorney and minimizing legal liability. All materials will be provided. Click here to register.

Starting a Home-Based/Small Business
Tuesday, March 3, 6-8 pm

CRN# 11267 CFP 200-51
Fee: $25
Instructor: TechKnow Prof
So, you’re thinking of starting a home-based business? What steps should you take first to save yourself needless expense? How can you get customers without expensive advertising? How do you file an inexpensive Doing Business As form? What, if any, technology and software do you need? What free resources are available to help you? TechKnow Prof, a home-based business, will address these questions and more to help you get started. Click here to register.

Build Your Leadership Skills
Tuesdays, March 24-April 28, 6-8 p.m.

CRN# 11270 CFP 204-51
Fee: $200
Instructor: Kathleen McLean, MBA, CSW
This course is an in-depth study of leadership in the 21st Century. Students will learn about emotional intelligence, embracing diversity, effective communication skills, effective time management skills, management skills, conflict resolution skills and the influence of social media in leadership. Each student will take away new tools, techniques and be inspired to be all they can be as a professional leader. Students are asked to purchase the following books to bring to class: Developing The Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell and The Servant - A Simple Story About The True Essence Of Leadership by James C. Hunter. Click here to register.

Networking: It’s All About Who You Know
Wednesday, March 25, 7-8:30 p.m.

CRN# 11271 CFP 206-51
Fee: $40
Instructor: Loretta Rigney
When it comes to achieving success, it’s all about who you know. Identifying and engaging those key people in your life to assist you in reaching your goals and dreams is called networking and it’s a powerful tool for those who know how to utilize it. Perfect for students, job seekers, sales professionals, network marketers and small business owners, this course will teach you how to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with “connectors” and effectively engage them to help you find resources and opportunities for whatever goal you’re trying to achieve. Click here to register.

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Test of Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and ESL

Schenectady County Community College is pleased to announce that we are now offering our Test of Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) and English as a Second Language courses through our partnerships with Capital Region BOCES and Washington Irving.

In Albany: Students in the Albany area who are interested in acquiring a high school diploma by taking the TASC exam or are interested in ESL, should contact Capital Region BOCES at (518) 862-4775 to register.

In Schenectady: Students in the Schenectady area who are interested in taking the TASC or are interested in ESL should contact Washington Irving at (518) 370-8220 to register.

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Wellness Courses

Aikido for Adults
Thursdays, March 5-April 9, 7-8:15 p.m.
CRN# 11301 CFP 800-52
Fee: $75
Instructors: Walter Alston and Suzanne Rancourt
Students ages 14 years of age and older will practice Hombu style Aikido, which strengthens the body, mind and spirit. Aikido uses blending and redirecting techniques, Jujutsu joint locks and boxing elements that keep this martial art applicable for all individuals. Aikido promotes self-defense, flexibility, strength building and coordination. Click here to register.

Intro to Iaido
Mondays, March 2-April 6, 5:30-6:45 p.m.

CRN# 11303 CFP 803-51
Fee: $75
Instructor: Suzanne Rancourt
Students ages 18 and older will learn about and practice Iaido, a modern non-combative physical and mental discipline based on the proficient use of the traditional Japanese (Samurai) sword. Students will hone their martial acuity through Zanshin (a state of awareness – of relaxed alertness). Click here to register.

Zumba Fitness
Saturdays, March 14-May 9, 8-9 a.m.

(No class 3/21)
CRN# 11302 CFP 802-01
Fee: $65
Instructor: Nancie Sohoski-Stella
Let loose and feel the music. Zumba Fitness is a Latin-inspired, easy-to-follow, caolorie-burning, dance fitness party that will get you in shape before you know it. No experience is necessary. Students are asked to please wear sneakers and bring a water bottle. Click here to register.

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Non-Credit Refund Policy

If you plan on withdrawing from or not attending a non-credit course, please contact the Office of Workforce Development at
(518) 381-1315 prior to the course start date.

The Non-credit Refund Policy states that a 100% refund will be made for any course that is cancelled by the College and for any student requesting a refund prior to the first class meeting. No refund will be given after the first class meeting.

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