Career Development

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Career Development

Wednesdays, February 26 – May 13
10-11:30 a.m.

CFN# 10746
CFP 222-01
Fee: $595
This certificate program is offered in conjunction with Schenectady ARC and Cornell Cooperative Extension, Schenectady County. It is appropriate for diverse populations, including senior citizens and individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities who are interested in hands-on training in the horticulture field and who would like to obtain employment in a garden center, farm stand or greenhouse. Topics include basic botany, care of annuals, perennials and vegetable crops, and weed identifications. Participants will gain experience in customer service and 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.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 21 – May 19
6:30-9 p.m.

CFP 215-01
Fee: $1,750 or $2,100 with testing, Base fee is inclusive of tuition, books and lab fees.
For more information, please contact Christine McLear at 518-595-1101, ext. 2 or
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.

Mondays and Wednesdays, January 20 – May 19
3:30-6:00 p.m.

CFP 243-51
Fee: $3,000, Fee is inclusive of tuition, books, testing, and lab fees.
For more information, please contact Christine McLear at 518-595-1101, ext. 2 or
The Certified Production Technician (CPT) program consists of four individual certificate modules: 1) Safety; 2) Quality Practices & Measurement; 3) Manufacturing Processes & Production; and 4) Maintenance Awareness. Individuals demonstrate their understanding of the core skills and knowledge through assessments based upon Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s industry-defined, nationally validated skill standards. In addition to the CPT’s four modules, the following topics will be covered: leadership skills, escalating issues, delegation, coaching/mentoring, case studies and problem solving, customer service in manufacturing, career opportunities, and expediting/talking to suppliers. This course will be held in a classroom environment with “hands-on” practical lab experiences, and is offered by SUNY Schenectady’s Office of Workforce Development and Community Education in partnership with Key Bank, CEG, Business Council of NYS, and Capital Region BOCES at the Mohonasen Center for Advanced Technology.

January 27 – May 19

CRN# 11108
CFP 246-71
Online Course Fee: $595
Instructor: Taia Younis, Inspired Occasions
This is an interactive online course designed to provide any aspiring wedding planner with the information and practical training needed to establish an event planning career in the wedding industry. Course lessons cover a wide range of topics including business, design, planning, and coordination. Students will have the opportunity practice their newly obtained skills and obtain instructor feedback through a series of valuable quizzes and assignments. The course includes video instruction, lesson workbooks, downloadable templates, and a Certificate of Completion upon achieving a passing grade.

SUNY Schenectady is proud to partner with AlbanyCanCode_ to offer the following web development courses.

Mondays and Wednesdays, January 27 – April 22
5:45-8:45 p.m.

CFP 417-51
Fee: $1,650, Fee is inclusive of tuition, books and lab fees.
Instructor: AlbanyCanCode_
For more information, please contact Christine McLear at 518-595-1101, ext. 2 or
This course uses online and in-person instruction to teach students how to program in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, the three tools comprising the development of virtually every site on the web. The course is structured around tutorials, assignments, and individual and group projects wherein students also have the opportunity to learn and practice with industry-standard Front-End technologies including Bootstrap design framework, the jQuery JavaScript library, and the Git version control system. Additionally, guest lectures and networking events are integrated into the curriculum to provide students with valuable real-world exposure to local employers and a chance to get a feel for the industry overall. This course may be of particular interest to graphic designers, as it teaches the technical skills necessary for UI (user interface) development and wire-framing. The course may also be attractive to beginning programmers with aspirations to create mobile applications, as it establishes a solid conceptual foundation for eventual progression into Full-Stack Development.

Mondays and Wednesdays, January 27 – April 22
5:45-8:45 p.m.

CFP 430-51
Fee: $1,650, Fee is inclusive of tuition, books and lab fees.
Instructor: AlbanyCanCode_
For more information, please contact Christine McLear at 518-595-1101, ext. 2 or
JavaScript, already a dominant scripting tool for Front End Development, including the increasingly popular library React.js, has been growing its Back End Developer credentials with the React-friendly frameworks Node.js and Express.js. This is a 12-week course that explores advanced topics in JavaScript programming and the use of Front-End JavaScript frameworks, notably the JavaScript library React. By the end of this course, students will know how to leverage React for building user interfaces that talk to back-end systems, and will have been introduced to back end framework node.js.