Business/Professional Development

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Course Offerings

Basic Sewing Workshop

Learn professional techniques on how to sew and produce correctly finished professional-looking pieces. Program includes layout, cutting, construction and finishing of garments. Attendees will learn the basics of hand sewing, machine sewing and use of a commercial pattern to sew a top and skirt. This course is open to students ages 16+

Course price does not include student supply list. Students must purchase items separately:

  • 8" Fabric Shears
  • Paper scissors
  • Seam Ripper
  • Thread Clipper
  • 60" Tape Measure
  • Clear see thru 2" x 18" ruler
  • Magnetic Pin Cushion
  • Straight Pins-#17 Steel Dressmaker
  • Hand Sewing Needles- assorted
  • Chaco Tailors Chalk Pens 4 color LS-2000
  • Bernina bobbin case for model 1008
  • Bernina bobbins at least 5
  • New Look Sewing Pattern #N6697A
  • Fabric (instructor will review at first class)

DCB2389 CRN 66990 R 6/2-7/7 5:30-8:30pm SRC $299
DCB2389 CRN 66991 T 6/7-7/12 11am-2pm SRC $299

Effective Business Writing

The ability to write clearly and directly is highly prized in most organizations. Well-written emails and documents can help you earn respect among your peers. And poorly written emails and documents can detract from success at all levels. The ideas, techniques, and checklists in this introductory-level course apply to all forms of business writing: memos, reports, brochures, proposals, presentations, catalogs, and websites. This course will also teach how to revise for wordiness, unnecessary phrases, redundancy, and jargon, and the appropriate use of email in an organizational setting. (NOTE: This course can be taken separately or as part of the Certificate in Business Communications bundle which includes this course as well as Effective Presentations, Effective Public Speaking, Communicating Collaboratively and Effective Emails, Memos and Letters for $299)

Registration link. Online $99


How to Start a Business

This seminar provides students with a checklist for starting a small business and includes personal assessment; How to register a new business; Employer ID numbers; NYS and NYC permits and licenses; Business insurance and much more! If you want to start a business but wonder how to go about doing it, this seminar is for you. Learn what makes a successful startup possible as well as what must be in place to keep the business running successfully. This SBDC course is offered FREE for any matriculated SUNY Ulster student and Veterans.

DCB1400 CRN 30295 W 3/23 6-8pm KSU $35

Art as a Business

Are you a talented artist struggling to survive in the business world? Do you feel that the business side of your trade escapes you? Or are you a serious craftsman who has considered turning your creative hobby into a business? This seminar will provide you with valuable information on how to build a business from a passion and turn your art into a successful business endeavor. Topics such as taxes, insurance, sales, and marketing strategies, financial controls, craft fairs and self-promotion will be covered by an experienced artist and business person.

DCB 2086 CRN 30296 W 3/30 6-8pm KSU $35

Do you Have an Appetite for a Food Business?

This class is for the person who loves to cook and has some amazing recipes that they want to share with the world. Whether it is a restaurant, bakery, food truck, or stand, this class will provide a “soup-to-nuts” overview of the process of the planning required for opening a food establishment. Topics will include regulatory issues, start-up considerations, personnel requirements, menu planning, financial projections, marketing, and financing. Learn from “well-seasoned” business advisors from the Small Business Development Center who work with aspiring food service entrepreneurs on a regular basis. This SBDC course is offered FREE for any matriculated SUNY Ulster student and Veterans.

DCB 2263 CRN 66961 T 5/3 6-8pm KSU $35



Agile Project Management

Get your certification in various aspects of Agile Project Management.

Agile Project Management Certificate - 32 hours
Registration link. Online Self-paced $695

Integrating Agile Into a Waterfall Environment - 4 hours
Registration linkOnline Self-paced $89

Introduction to Agile - 10 hours
Registration linkOnline Self-paced $249

Principles of Scrum - 10 hours
Registration link. Online Self-paced $299

Certificate in Human Resource Management Suite

An effective human resource management strategy is a valuable asset to any company, but those running small businesses often cannot justify designating a full-time HR professional to manage employee relations, compensation, policy-making, performance management, and employee appraisals. This suite of courses will teach you the basics of managing the benefits and policies that support an effective staff. Each 3 to 5 hour, self-paced course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that will engage you and structure your learning about human resource management. Upon successful completion, you can download a printable certificate of completion for this online course suite. This certificate has no textbooks or prerequisites. 

Registration link. Online $399

Certificate in Nonprofit Management

This online certificate program introduces learners to key current management issues for nonprofit organizations. Fundraising, board and volunteer development, budgeting, reading financial statements, leadership, marketing, and setting strategic direction are all addressed, and video commentary on these crucial topics will give you insight into how nonprofit professionals apply key concepts in their own organizations. Each 3 to 5 hour, self-paced course offers an assortment of interactive exercises, videos, selected readings, case studies, and self-assessments that will engage you and help you practice effective decision making in a nonprofit setting. After completing all the courses, learners will engage in a simulation meant to test the concepts covered in the courseware. Some courses in this certificate award CFRE credits. 

Registration link. Online $699

60 PDU Project Management Course Bundle

This bundle offers Project Management Professionals access to online, self-paced courses at a fraction of the price of purchasing courses individually. You can access seven online project management courses for a full year and earn 60 PDUs. Don't risk losing your PMP certification; enroll today and start earning PDUs. Courses are self-paced and can be conveniently accessed anytime and anywhere from a computer with an internet connection. Courses are engaging and include real-world examples, videos, interactive games, assessments, and focused instruction. An Ask the Expert feature allows you to pose course-related questions and receive feedback within 24 hours. 

Registration link. Online $999

Project Management

Learn the latest in project management skills and become a CAPM, a PMP, an RMP, and lock-in a confident career path. A broad range of online course offerings are available including various certifications, Ethics for Project Managers, Managing Real World Projects, and more. 

For registration and the full range or courses, visit the Project Management Catalog

Nonprofit Management & Budgeting

A broad series of online courses are available. A sampling of our offerings include: Nonprofit Management, Budgeting a Nonprofit Organization, Fundraising for Nonprofits, and more.

For registration and the full range or courses, visit the Nonprofit catalog

Career Development

There are six online networking and career development courses to prepare new graduates, people re-entering the workforce and career changers for the professional work environment. From resume writing and interviewing to networking and managing personal finances, these courses teach professionals the life skills that a traditional education may have left behind.

EMSI, a labor market analytics company, looked at all job postings in Ulster County earlier this year and gathered the top (hot/resilient) skills across 20 occupations with the most job posting growth. The top five on this list were customer service, communications, management, problem solving, and written and verbal communications. According to EMSI “the future of work is skills-based. - On June 26, President Trump signed an executive order implementing ‘merit-based reforms that will replace degree-based hiring with skills and competency-based hiring.’ While the direct impact of the order is limited to the federal government’s own hiring policies, … prominent business leaders ... seems to indicate support from the private sector.” NOW is the time to update your resume! 

Registration link to view the range of courses offered in Career Development. Online $49-$79

Certificate in Business Communications (Bundle)

Includes: Effective Business Writing, Effective Presentations, Effective Public Speaking, Communicating Collaboratively, and Effective Emails, Memos and Letters. These can also be taken separately.

Registration link. Online $299

Small Business Management

Managing a small business is no small task. Learn the critical skills for managing your small business's finances, human resource challenges, and marketing efforts. These online courses include a certificate in Small Business Management, Accounting for Small Business, Law for Small Business and more.

For registration and the full range of courses, visit the Business Catalog.





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