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Professional Development

Summer 2024 Community Education Professional Development Courses

View the Summer 2024 Course Book as a PDF.

Basic Computer Software Specialist Certificate

Students must participate in and complete the following four courses in order to earn this introductory certificate:

  • CFP 409 Intro to Windows
  • CFP 411 Intro to Excel
  • CFP 412 Intro to Word
  • CFP 401 Intro to Power Point

For course information please refer to the Summer Computer Courses.


New! Security Guard – 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Course

Wednesday, May 29
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CRN# 60289
CFP 234-51
Fee: $85

This is an eight-hour course required by New York State. It is the first step toward obtaining a security officer registration card from the New York State Department. The course gives the student an overview of a security officer’s duties and responsibilities. Topics covered include the role of a security officer, legal powers and limitations, emergency situations, communications and public relations, access control, as well as ethics and conduct. You need to pass the examination to complete this course successfully. Register for Security Guard 8-Hour Pre-Assignment Course.

New! Security Guard – 16 Hour On the Job Training Course

Tuesday and Wednesday
June 11 – 12
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CRN# 60290
CFP 234-51
Fee: $100

This sixteen-hour course must be completed within 90 days of employment as a security officer. It provides the student with detailed information on the duties and responsibilities of a security officer. Topics covered include the roles of a security officer, legal powers and limitations, emergencies, communications and public relations, access control, ethics and conduct, incident command system, and terrorism. You need to pass the examination to complete this course. Pre-requisite: CFP 234 8 Hour Security Guard Pre-Assignment Training course. Register for Security Guard 16-Hour Training.

Notary Public Review – Online Courses

Section #1:

Thursday, June 6  
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
CFP 201-52
Fee: $100

Section #2: 

Wednesday, July 24
1-4:30 p.m.
CRN# 60184
CFP 201-51  
Fee: $100

This online course will prepare students 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. All materials will be provided. Register for Notary Public Review.

Notary Signing Agent Course Online Course – Online course

Thursday, August 8  
5:30-9:30 p.m.
CRN# 60313
CFP 264-71  
Fee: $100

If you are currently a New York Notary Public and always wanted to explore earning additional income with your current Notary Commission, this online seminar is for you. The thriving real estate and refinancing markets have companies scrambling to hire Notary Signing Agents to help meet their increased business demands. After completing this basic introductory course, you will have the opportunity to work on a freelance basis in your own independent business by working with mortgage, title, and signing companies who will hire you on a per job assignment earning from $75 to $150 or more for notarizing and presenting mortgage loan documents. All materials are included in this course which features a step-by-step guide book, sample loan documents, 20-page mortgage glossary, and a YouTube mock loan signing. In summary, lenders offering loans across the country rely greatly on qualified Notary Signing Agents. Usually lenders, seek independent Notary Signing Agents to handle transactions on a local basis depending on where the real estate is located for the convenience of the borrower. Register for Notary Signing Agent Course.

New! New York State Notary Public Law Refresher course – Online course

Thursday, June 18  
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
CRN# 60314
CFP 267-51  
Fee: $100

This course reviews and updates the current New York notary laws. The current 22-page New York Notary Law Booklet will be reviewed and highlighted with the new electronic notarization information and notary journal recordkeeping protocols. This presentation is a must for every commissioned New York notary to properly execute their authority, duties and responsibilities. Examples, using real-life scenarios, will be used to explain situations that a Notary Public officer is likely to encounter. Topics include an overview on how to avoid conflicts of interest, legal ethics, allowable fees, and addressing special situations. All materials will be provided including a website link to the New York State Department of State licensing information, and a 46-page Notary Review Guidebook with current glossary terms. Updated sample forms will also be reviewed. Register for Notary Public Law Refresher.

Introduction to Craft Brewing and Distilling 

This class will be offered again in the Fall 2024 semester.

For more information, please contact Maria Kotary at 518-595-1101, ext. 4 or
CFP 215-01  
Fee: $1,750

Fee is inclusive of tuition, books and lab fees. Financial assistance available for qualified candidates. 
This course provides a basic understanding of brewing and distillation skills, working in a manufacturing environment, safety, and microbiology. Topics covered include: brewing science, beer maturation and storage, beer processing and packaging, quality and process control, plant safety and sanitation, malting, mashing, brewing, fermentation, finishing, and distillation basics. This course will consist of lecture and lab training in the classroom and at regional breweries. In addition to directed studies, students will enhance their brewing knowledge through assigned reading and writing exercises and visits to local breweries. The goal of this course is to provide a pool of trained, entry level brewers in the growing craft beer industry. This course is developed and overseen by regional breweries and distillers. Students must be 18 years of age or older.