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Course Offerings

Computer Basics

An introduction to the basics of using a computer for personal and professional use. This workshop is designed for those who are in need of learning the very fundamentals of using a computer and the internet. This will include: navigating the computer and organizing files, associating files with programs, and understanding a web browser and how to effectively navigate websites. (NOTE: this will be based around a Windows, PC computer).

DCB 1530 CRN 30385 W 2/7 6-8pm KSU $49

How to Start a Family Child Care Business

The Family Child Care Training Program (FCCTP) aims to grow a rural childcare network, alleviating the lack of child care options in the Ulster County. This training program is designed for those interested in opening in-home child care programs or becoming employable at a child care center. The FCCTP will deliver the basics of how to start a child care business, how to operate the business according to the NYS Day Care Regulations, review the developmentally appropriate practices of a successful program, and include all the required training needed to operate or be employed in a child care program.

DCB 2440 CRN 30395 2/5-3/20 KSU $1300

Online content 6.5 hrs to be completed by 3/11

Class schedule:

2/5 9am-12pm
2/9 5:30-8:30pm
2/12 5:30-8:30pm
2/16 5:30-8:30pm
2/17 9am-12pm
2/21 9am-1pm
2/23 5:30-8:30pm
3/4 5:30-8:30pm
3/8 5:30-8:30pm
3/11 5:30-8:30pm
3/12 9am-12pm
3/16 9am-2:30pm
3/20 5:30-8:30pm

Intro to the Google Workspace: Gmail & Calendars

This workshop is designed to give students an introduction to working with Gmail and the Google Calendar. Gmail is the most widely used email service in the world for both personal and professional business users. You will learn the basics of using your gmail account including: composing emails, organizing your inbox, adding a signature, setting auto-reply vacation settings, using labels and filters, managing your calendar, and various other organizational tips.

DCB 2381 CRN 30386 W 2/14 6-8pm KSU $49

Intro to the Google Workspace: Managing Google Drive

Whether you are using your gmail account for personal or professional use, Google Drive is a powerful cloud-based tool that you have access to for file storage and creating documents. This workshop will include: best practices for managing your Google Drive, and sharing files. We will also cover a basic introduction of creating files using Google Docs and Google Sheets.

DCB 2352 CRN 30387 W 2/21 6-8pm KSU $49

Introduction to Safety & Risk Management

Safety awareness and risk management are critical yet often overlooked aspects of operating a business. In the first half of the class we will cover topics including safety inspections and audits, accident investigation, forming and maintaining a safety committee, and safety awareness training. In the second half of the class we will cover basic approaches to risk management including business insurance protection, continuity planning, and emergency & crisis management.

Intro to Excel

Participants will learn how to create, format and print a worksheet, topics include: Understand spreadsheet software, Explore the Excel window, Understand formulas, Enter labels and values , Use Autosum, Edit cell entries Enter and Edit a simple formula, Switch worksheet views, Choose print options, Format values, Change font and font sizes, Change font styles and alignment, Adjust column width, Insert and delete rows and columns, Apply colors, patterns and borders, Apply conditional formatting, Rename and move a worksheet, Check Spelling

DCB 2435 CRN 30389 R 2/22 6-7pm KSU $29

Intermediate Excel

This class will focus on data analysis features of Excel. They allow you to filter out selected data to show only the records you specify which will help in your decision making. Topics include: Sorting, Grouping, Filters, Summary options, Table management tools, Creating Pivot Tables Reports, Modifying Pivot Tables, Creating Pivot Charts, Insert Slicers, Insert Timelines

DCB 2436 CRN 30390 R 4/25 6-7pm KSU $29

Navigating MWBE & HUBZone

This presentation is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE) certification, Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) certification, and the process of government contracting.It aims to demystify the certification process, eligibility criteria, benefits, and how these certifications can provide a competitive edge in the government contracting landscape. The class is ideal for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals interested in leveraging these certifications to secure government contracts.

DCB 2432 CRN 30374 R 4/4 6-8pm KSU $35

Small Business Basics

This seminar provides participants with a checklist for starting a small business and includes an entrepreneurial assessment; how to register a new business and choose a business entity; employer ID numbers; permits and licenses; business insurance and how to prepare a Business Plan! 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.

DCB 2433 CRN 30375 W 3/20 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

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

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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