Career Development

Spring 2017 Community Education Courses

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Career Development

Introduction to Horticulture

CRN# 11228                                 Mondays, February 27-May 15
CFP 222-01                                   10 -11:30 a.m.                                                                                                    Fee: $595

This certificate program is offered in conjunction with the Schenectady ARC and Cornell Cooperative Extension and is appropriate for diverse populations, including senior citizens and individuals with developmental disabilities who are interested in hands-on training in the horticulture field and would like to obtain employment in a garden center, farm stand or greenhouse. Topics covered include basic botany; care of annuals, perennials and vegetable crops; and weed identifications. Participants will gain experience in customer service, working and learning in a greenhouse as well as a variety of outdoor garden settings. Classes will be held at the Sustainable Living Center at Central Park in Schenectady and the Schenectady ARC’s Maple Ridge Horticulture Center in Rotterdam.


Introduction to Craft Beer Brewing

CFP 215                                            Duration: 13 weeks

The cost is $1,500 inclusive of tuition, books and lab fees.

For more information please contact Program Coordinator Sarah Wilson-Sparrow at (518) 595-1101, ext. 2 or

The introduction to Craft Brewing course provides a basic understanding of brewing skills, working in a manufacturing environment, safety and microbiology. Major 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 and finishing.

This course will consist of 60 percent classroom lecture and 40 percent 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.


21st Century Career Readiness

CFP 224

For more information please contact Program Coordinator Sarah Wilson-Sparrow at (518) 595-1101, ext. 2 or

Are you looking to develop or retool your career readiness skills? Are you an industry leader looking to invest in and grow your workforce? The 21st Century Career Readiness Credential is a holistic training program which focuses on the academic skills, soft skills and personal resource building skills essential for job acquisition and retention. This course is ideal for an individual looking to improve their career readiness and marketability as well as an industry leader looking for a flexible and customizable curriculum to improve retention, productivity and the all-important bottom line.


Front End Web Development

CFP 417                                            Duration: 12 weeks

For more information please contact Program Coordinator Sarah Wilson-Sparrow at (518) 595-1101, ext. 2 or

This course uses both online and in-person approaches to teach HTML, CSS and JavaScript – the three common coding language on which all modern websites are built. Students gain a useful and lucrative skill, since nearly every single business sin the world needs a website to communicate to its customers. Instructional videos, quizzes and challenges from online code camp Treehouse are complemented by in-class time with an instructor and mentors from area businesses. Each student completes a project to demonstrate their skills. This course teaches valuable technical skills to graphic and digital designers and establishes a foundation in coding for those who wish to continue into Ruby or .NET programming courses.


Learn Ruby

CFP 418

For more information please contact Program Coordinator Sarah Wilson-Sparrow at (518) 595-1101, ext. 2 or

In this course, students will learn to create database-driven websites utilizing Ruby and the Ruby web development framework Ruby on Rails. The course covers installing and configuring Ruby and Ruby on Rails; understanding the Model-View-Controller framework architecture; learning to program in Ruby with gems, modules, objects and classes, loops, collections, control structures and other concepts; touching on jQuery, node.js and GitHub; and building database-driven web applications with Ruby on Rails, using forms, templates and other structures.




Storage and Distribution Workers Entry-Level Positions

CFP 223-51

For more information please contact Michael Henderson, Coordinator of Workforce Development at (518) 871-9079, ext. 4 or This course will be held at the Capital South Campus Center (CSCC), located at 20 Warren Street, Albany, NY 12202 

What is Logistics Training?

  • Storage and Distribution workers are engaged in storing and distributing materials and products for shipment.
  • Workers move freight, stock, and other materials to and from storage or production areas, loading docks, delivery vehicles, or containers, by hand or using special moving equipment.
  • Storage and Distribution Workers are responsible for getting goods, services, and people where they need to go, when they need to be there, and in the right quantity.

Storage and Distribution workers who study logistics can work in the industries such as production sites, warehouses, distribution centers, grocery stores, transportation and moving companies and more. Typical entry-level positions include material handling workers, movers, order processors, packers and packagers and material moving equipment operators.