Personal Enrichment

Spring 2017 Community Education Courses

Allied Health Courses Computer Courses
Online Courses
Archaeology Culinary Courses
Personal Enrichment
Career Development
Kid and Teen Academy
Professional Development
College Prep/Transition Music
Wellness Courses



For a printable PDF of the Spring Workforce Development and Community Education course book, please click here.
For the online list of Community Educations courses and their locations, click here.

 

Personal Enrichment

Do Your Own Alterations

CRN# 11088                                 Thursdays, January 26-February 23
CFP 708-51                                   6-8 p.m.                                                                                                                        Fee: $75

Are you tired of things not fitting you? Alterations can be so costly. Why not do it yourself? In this course, students will learn different methods of altering clothing or household items. No sewing knowledge is required. ALL sewing levels are welcome as you will be working at your own pace. You are encouraged to bring in whatever item you wish to alter. All students must bring in their own sewing machines and the following supplies: seam ripper, scissors, matching thread, empty bobbin for your machine, tape measure, and hand needles. Students may contact the instructor at fatima@fab518.com 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.

 

Sewing 101

CRN# 11106                                 Saturdays, January 28-February 18
CFP 716-51                                   10 a.m.-12 p.m.                                                                                                    Fee: $55

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 fatima@fab518.com 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.

 

Intro to Acrylic Painting

CRN# 10892                                                            Tuesdays, January 31-March 7
CFP 150-51                                                               6-8 p.m.                                                                                        Fee: $150

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. This course is taught by Art Innovators. Click here to register.

 

The ABCs of Residential Mortgages

Schenectady Campus
CRN# 11223                                 Monday, February 6
CFP 218-51                                   6-8 p.m.                                                                                                                        Fee: $25

Albany Campus
CRN# 11224                                 Wednesday, February 8
CFP 218-52                                   6-8 p.m.                                                                                                                       Fee: $25

Our Albany campus is located at 112 State St., Albany, NY

Are you ready to start looking for your dream home but don’t know where to start? This course will provide information on the mortgage process, closing costs, types of mortgages and qualifying for a mortgage. Topics include how 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.

 

Defensive Driving

Schenectady Campus
CRN# 11249                                 Saturday, February 25
CFP 724-01                                   9 a.m.-3 p.m.                                                                                                           Fee: $45

Albany Campus
CRN# 11307                                 Wednesdays, April 5-12
CFP 724-51                                   6-9 p.m.                                                                                                                        Fee: $45

Our Albany campus is located at 112 State St., Albany, NY
Students taking the two day course on the Albany campus must attend both classes to receive their certificate.

Each student will receive an updated NYS DMV Driver’s Manual and a temporary course completion certificate in this classroom course about crash avoidance techniques. Students qualify for a reduction of up to 4 points from their driving records for violations received during the 18 months prior to completion of this course. Students passing this course also become eligible for a minimum insurance reduction of 10% for 3 years in the base rate of liability, personal injury, Protection (No-Fault) and collision premiums. All principal vehicle operators are eligible including: all drivers, regardless of violation accident records, senior citizens and motorcycle drivers. There is no formal testing. This program is recognized by all NYS Insurance companies. This course is taught by Victor Bujanow, a Certified Insurance Counselor, a NYS Licensed Insurance Broker and a Chief Instructor for the Empire Safety Council. Click here to register.

 

Open Sew

CRN# 11089                                 Thursdays, March 2-April 6
CFP 709-51                                   6-8 p.m.                                                                                                                        Fee: $65

No class March 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 fatima@fab518.com 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.

 

Watercolor Painting

CRN# 11218                                                        Tuesdays, March 21-April 25
CFP 155-51                                                          6:30-8 p.m.                                                                                     Fee: $175

During this class, designed for artists of all ability levels, students will learn watercolor basics or expand on what they already know. Students will explore watercolor painting and painting techniques while creating beautiful landscapes, still life paintings and more. All materials will be provided. This course is taught by Art Innovators. Click here to register.

 

How Did I Get Here? A Creative Non-Fiction Workshop

CRN# 11255                                 Wednesdays, March 22-April 23
CFP 730-51                                   6-8:30 p.m.                                                                                                            Fee: $120

In this course, students will write about where they have been, both literally and figuratively, to get us right here, right now. The course will explore memory, dreams, goals and the decisions we have made (and others made for us) that created the present. Students will then find interesting ways to tell their stories so that their personal history is defined the way they want it to be read. Writers in this course will read non-fiction literature about growing up, relationships, interactions and the impact of society on the individual. This course is taught by Jacqueline Kirkpatrick. Ms. Kirkpatrick has taught Creative Writing at the College of Saint Rose and has been the editor of the Pine Hills Review. Click here to register.

 

Conversational Spanish

CRN# 11246                                 Thursdays, March 23-April 27
CFP 703                                            6-8 p.m.                                                                                                                    Fee: $100

This introductory course will focus on basic Spanish vocabulary and conversational skills that will be helpful while traveling to Spanish speaking countries, speaking casually with family or friends, conducting business in Spanish or everyday conversation, while also learning and understanding the cultural connections language plays within the Latino and Hispanic world. This course is taught by Jesse McGuire. Mr. McGuire attended the Institute of Spanish Studies in Valencia, Spain and taught English to adults and children while in Spain. He has been a Spanish instructor for more than six years. Click here to register.

 

 

Frankly, My Dear: The Reel Story Behind Gone with the Wind

CRN# 11247                                 Saturday, April 8
CFP 705-51                                   9 a.m.-1 p.m.                                                                                                           Fee: $59

Gone With the Wind has been called “the most magnificent motion picture of all time.” Millions of fans agree. What most fans don’t know is that the endless trouble and months of behind-the-scenes turmoil almost doomed the movie to not being made at all. Students will explore Gone With the Wind’s intriguing history, including the writing and publishing of Margaret Mitchell’s novel, the Hollywood frenzy of transforming the book into the film, the Atlanta premiere, the Academy Awards and more. This is one course no Gone with the Wind fan should miss. This class is taught by Pauline Bartel, who has been a devoted “Windie” since the age of 16 when she first saw Gone With the Wind with her mother. An award-winning writer, Ms. Bartel is the author of The Complete Gone With the Wind Trivia Book (2nd edition), published to celebrate the film’s 75th anniversary. Click here to register.

 

The Art of Communication – How to Give a Speech

CRN# 11252                                 Mondays, April 10-May 15
CFP 727-51                                   6-8 p.m.                                                                                                                        Fee: $70

Good leaders are good communicators. By learning to effectively formulate, express and sell your ideas to others you open a whole new world of career possibilities. You’ll be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations and improve your one-on-one interactions with others. In this course, students will learn to communicate and work as a team and find out how to vary your approach to suit the needs of different people. Students will practice the skills learned by giving a speech with a selected speech topic each week. This course is taught by Norman Miller. Mr. Miller is a 25 year member of Toastmasters International, an educational organization that assists its members in improving communication, public speaking and leadership skills. He has also served as the President of Leadership Management of New York since 2001 and is a retired U.S.A.F. veteran with 33 years of service. Click here to register.

 

Sewing with Knits

CRN# 11248                                 Thursdays, April 13-May 4
CFP 718-51                                   6-8 p.m.                                                                                                                        Fee: $65

Don’t you love wearing knit fabrics? Knits are not handled the same as most other fabrics though and can be difficult to work with. This course will show you all the ins and outs of sewing knits as you create and sew your very own knit dress. All students must bring in their own sewing machine. Students are asked to e-mail the instructor at fatima@fab518.com for a supply list once they have registered. 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.