For a printable PDF of the Fall Workforce Development and Community Education course book, please click here.
For the online list of Community Educations courses and their locations, click here.
INTRO TO LATIN AMERICAN, CARIBBEAN AND U.S. LATIN STUDIES
Thursdays, September 7 – October 26
While the 2016 Presidential election has ended, the issues fervently discussed throughout the campaign are still at hand. Nationalism, political economy, identity, race, gender, borders, media and immigration, among others, will continue to dominate our everyday conversations on different levels. In this course, we will explore concepts, theoretical frameworks, historiographical and methodological approaches that deal with these themes in society as a whole, but also within the Latino community here and abroad. The suggested themes will locate our studies in the realm of North America, South America and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean via the works of various authors, scholars and activists. This course is taught by Jesse McGuire. Mr. McGuire has an M.A. in Spanish with a concentration in Literature and Certification in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino/a Studies from the University at Albany. He was the Director of the Latin American, Caribbean Studies department at Catholic Central High school where he taught this introductory course. Click here to register.
INTRO TO ACRYLIC PAINTING
Thursdays, September 21 – October 26
Never painted before but want to try? Enjoy painting and want to learn a few new techniques? This class is designed for artists of all ability levels. Students will learn about acrylic painting, painting techniques and have fun learning. This course is taught by Art Innovators. Click here to register.
Thursdays, September 21 – October 19
No class Thursday, October 12
In this course you will learn the basics of sewing including the differences between threads and fabrics, and more. The instructor will also teach students anything they want to know about their machine. Students will make a simple tote bag as they learn the basics of sewing. All students must bring in their own sewing machine and the following supplies: a seam ripper, thread, scrap fabric, pins and a pin cushion, measuring tape and scissors. Students may contact the instructor at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the course or the supply list. This course is taught by Fatima Bey, who has been sewing and crocheting since she was 10 years old. She was the Alterations Manager at David’s Bridal for 10 years and teaches sewing classes at Jo-ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Albany High School, and HVCC. Click here to register.
GETTING PAID TO TALK: AN INTRODUCTION TO VOICE-OVER
Thursday, October 12
This course will be held at Voice Coaches, 26 Vly Road, Colonie, N.Y., 12205.
From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Today, the range of voices hired has grown dramatically from the days of announcers. Learn what the pros look for, how to prepare, and where to find work in your area. We’ll discuss industry pros and cons and play samples from working voice professionals. In addition, you’ll have an opportunity to record a short professional script under the direction of the instructor. This class is fun, realistic and a great first step for anyone interested in the voice-over field. Class size is limited. This course is taught by Voice Coaches.
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ABCs OF RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGES
Wednesday, October 25
This course will provide information on the mortgage process, closing costs, types of mortgages and qualifying. Topics include ways to improve your ability to get approved for a mortgage and ways to improve your credit. This course is taught by Peter Atkinson, who has worked in the mortgage/lending industry for 30+ years as a Mortgage Broker and a Regional Manager. Click here to register.
Thursdays, October 26 – November 16
In this class students can bring in and finish projects, get help with a sewing technique, get direction and assistance on what they need to do to start or finish a sewing project or pick a project (or get assigned a project) to work on while in class. The instructor will assist all students in all aspects of sewing necessary to finish their project. This class is open to all levels and any sewing projects. All students must bring in their own sewing machine and the following supplies: a pattern (if applicable), scissors, matching thread, measuring tape, straight pins, marking pen or pencil and a seam ripper. Students may contact the instructor at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the course or the supply list. This course is taught by Fatima Bey, who has been sewing and crocheting since she was 10 years old. She was the Alterations Manager at David’s Bridal for 10 years and teaches sewing classes at Jo-ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, Albany High School, and HVCC. Click here to register.
WRITING AND SELLING FICTION FOR KIDS
Saturday, October 28
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
If you’re a budding Beatrix Potter or a struggling Dr. Seuss, discover the secrets of writing and selling books for kids of all ages. Learn how to develop a compelling plot, create characters that come alive on the page and write believable dialogue. Then discover how to market your stories to publishers. One-on-one consulting with the instructor after the course helps you move confidently along the path to publication. Materials fee: a course book ($15) is available from the instructor at the start of class. This class is taught by Pauline Bartel. Ms. Bartel is an award-winning writer of seven non-fiction books, including Spellcasters: Witches and Witchcraft in History, Folklore and Popular Culture and The Complete Gone with the Wind Trivia Book (2nd edition). Her byline has appeared in more than
100 national periodicals for children, teenagers and adults, including Boys’ Life, Seventeen, Mademoiselle and Woman’s Day. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Click here to register.
BUDGETING BASICS: HOW TO GROW YOUR DOUGH WITH A PERSONAL SPENDING PLAN
Thursday, November 9
This course will be taught at SEFCU located at 700 Patroon Creek Blvd., Albany, N.Y., 12206
This course will help you develop your own spending plan. The 50-30-20 rule for determining fixed expenses, flexible spending, and financial goals will be covered in this workshop. Other topics include the benefits of developing a spending plan, how to track income and expenses, and strategies for record keeping. This course will be taught by SEFCU. Click here to register.