Personal Enrichment

Spring 2018 Community Education Courses

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Personal Enrichment

CRN# 11106
CFP 716-51
Thursdays, January 18 – February 8
6-8 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 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 throughout the Capital Region. Click here to register.

Section #1
CRN# 11628
CFP 739-51
Saturday, February 3
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Fee: $25

Section #2
CRN# 11629
CFP 739-51
Thursday, April 12
6-8 p.m.

Fee: $25
If you are a parent of a school-age child then you have heard about Common Core. This course will cover what Common Core really means, what the standards are, where Common Core came from and why there is such an uproar about it. We will also cover what Common Core means for schools and teachers as well as what the new math standards mean for kids and parents. Sample math examples will be shown with instructions on what schools are looking for and how to answer the questions. This course is taught by Mary Fitch, a retired Schenectady City School District teacher who taught for 25 years. Click here to register.

CRN# 11626
CFP 736-51
Mondays, February 5 – February 26
6-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $90
This course will be taught at The Makeup Curio, located at 510 State St., Schenectady, NY 12305
Take time for yourself, gain confidence and explore the essential beauty techniques that work for your face. This course is tailored to provide you with the skills to transform yourself. Topics include smokey eyes, contouring, camouflaging and skin care. The instructor will teach students to properly use their own makeup. This course is taught by Jenn Dugan, the owner of the Makeup Curio. She has been transforming clients for weddings, special occasions, proms, etc. for more than 10 years. She is a NYS Licensed Esthetician. Click here to register.

CRN# 11246
CFP 703-51
Thursdays, March 1 – April 12
6-8 p.m.

Fee: $100
No class March 15
Have you ever wanted to learn to speak Spanish? 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, who 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.

CRN# 11089
CFP 709-51
Thursdays, March 1 – March 29
6-8 p.m.

Fee: $65
No class March 15
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 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 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 throughout the Capital Region. Click here to register.

CRN# 11307
CFP 724-01
Saturday, March 3
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fee: $45
Each student will receive an updated NYS DMV Driver’s Manual and a temporary course completion certificate (permanent to be mailed) 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.

Section #1
CRN# 11250
CFP 725-51
Thursday, March 19
6:30-9 p.m.

Fee: $30

CRN# 11251
CFP 725-51
Wednesday, May 16
6:30-9 p.m.

Fee: $30
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. Click here to register.

CRN# 11218
CFP 155-51
Tuesdays, March 20 - April 24
6-8 p.m.

Fee: $150
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 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.

CRN# 11605
CFP 704-51
Wednesdays, March 21-May 9
6-8 p.m.

Fee: $195
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 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. This course is taught by Lora Lee Ecobelli, a classically trained actress, writer, teacher, Artistic Director of Blue Horse Repertory Company and member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA. Her Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include: A Christmas Carol, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Trojan Woman, Antigone, Aurora Leigh and Hamlet. Click here to register.

CFP 706-51
Saturday, March 24
9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fee: $85
John Grisham scribbled notes on a legal pad between court sessions and those notes eventually became his best-selling novel, A Time to Kill. Recollections of growing up in depression-era Ireland compelled Frank McCourt to write his best-selling memoir, Angela’s Ashes. Is a novel or nonfiction book burning inside you? Do you dream of being a published author? If so, learn the ins and outs of publishing from a pro who has helped dozens of students become authors. Discover how the book publishing industry works, how to pitch your idea to publishers and agents, and how to guide your book to publishing success. As a bonus, one-on-one consulting with the instructor about your project after the course eliminates any excuses preventing you from realizing your publishing dreams. Materials fee: $15 for the course book to be paid to the instructor the day of the course. 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 prestigious American Society of Journalists and Authors. Click here to register.

CRN# 11621
CFN 732-51
Thursdays, April 12 – 26
6-8:30 p.m.

Fee: $150
Do you have pieces of interesting, out of fashion or broken jewelry that you have collected over the years? This class will help you utilize old pieces and combine them with new items to make fresh and unique pieces of jewelry. Students will learn about wire wrapping, stringing and finishing techniques, how to use beading tools, elements of aesthetics and design, and more. You will create four, one-of-a kind pieces of jewelry to take home - a beaded bracelet, a pair of earrings, a leather cuff and a beaded necklace. All materials will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring in any jewelry making equipment, beads, brooches, old necklaces, etc. that they would like to use. This course is taught by Wood & Sparrow Custom Jewelry Design. Click here to register.

CRN# 11393
CFP 722-51
Saturday, April 21
2-4 p.m.

Fee: $30
Are you currently enrolled in Medicare? Will you be turning 65 over the next year or two? Learn about how and when to enroll, when you can make changes and the insurance options available to you. Review and compare Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Explore and evaluate Original Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Prescription Drug Plans and Medicare Advantage Plans. This program will simplify the choices you need to make, help you become more well-informed and explain what Medicare means for you. This course is taught by James Farnham, Licensed Agent, who holds M.B.A. and M.S. degrees. Click here to register.

CRN# 11394
CFP 723-51
Saturday, April 21
10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fee: $30
Uncover more than 20 specific ways to earn dependable, ongoing, reliable income from stocks, bonds, mutual funds, variable annuities and insurance taxes, retirement income and social security; your mortgage; on demand publishing, residuals from showing appreciation, electricity and natural gas; how to evaluate the merits of a home-based business; beach money and more. This course is taught by James Farnham, Licensed Agent, who holds M.B.A. and M.S. degrees. Mr. Farnham has traveled the U.S. and Canada as a professional speaker and author and has more than 20 years of experience in insurance and financial services. Click here to register.

CFP 738-51
Wednesday, April 25
6-7:30 p.m.

Fee: $30
This course will cover the basic documents that everyone needs (last will, living will, health care proxy, power of attorney) and what happens when you don’t have them. It will also cover advanced Medicaid planning; the importance of choosing your executor, trustees and attorney; the importance of checking your beneficiaries’ designations and planning for beneficiaries with special needs. Other topics include estate taxation and homemade estate planning documents. This course is taught by Michael Tommaney, an attorney with more than 45 years of experience handling a comprehensive range of individual, business and commercial legal services. Click here to register.