College Catalog

Academic Programs

Office of Continuing Education, Summer Sessions and Workforce Development

This office provides a wide range of both credit and non-credit courses and programs to the public, private and business sectors.

Continuing Education and Summer Sessions
This division of the office is designed to offer credit opportunities to the community and is responsible for the administration of evening, weekend and off-campus credit courses in the fall, spring and summer. Students are provided with a flexible alternative to the traditional full-time college degree program.

Credit courses offered in the evening during fall, spring and summer terms may be selected from the majors described in this catalog.

Students who take advantage of the Continuing Education courses come from a variety of backgrounds. Those who wish to enter the job market after a long absence or change careers find Continuing Education very helpful. Professionals who already have a career but want to improve their skills or seek a promotion find that the many specific job-related courses are just what they need. Even day students, who have part-time employment, discover that evening classes may allow them to attend college on a full-time basis.

Many students take advantage of the three-, six-, and 12-week terms available during the summer months. Many courses in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and School of Business are offered, as well as selected offerings in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies and School of Health Sciences. Students may take summer course offerings to reduce their course load in the fall and spring terms or to decrease the time needed to complete their degree or academic goal.

Workforce Development Institute
The Workforce Development Institute (WDI), functions as a regional training resource, designed to meet a wide variety of needs related to employment. Pre-employment training, staff development, professional and association requirements, access to technological services, industry-specific certificates and degree programs are among the many services that the WDI provides. Now a division of the Office of Continuing Education, Summer Sessions and Workforce Development, the WDI is evolving in its efforts to anticipate and implement training opportunities that will have the greatest impact on the workforce.

Whether it involves technical training, soft skills development, wellness and fitness in the workplace or specialized training for the disabled, the WDI is now able to tailor a combination of credit and non-credit courses and programs to the businesses of the community and beyond. Through online learning and interactive television, the WDI can make training available to businesses and individuals in any part of the state or the country. By collaborating with businesses, with state and federal offices and with service agencies, the WDI opens the door to the many services that the college can provide.

The Workforce Development Institute includes the Business and Industry Training Department, which serves corporate clients. In addition, the WDI provides support training and coordination for all other campus-based training efforts that serve external clients.

The Workforce Development Institute is devoted to training, consulting, executive coaching, and organization development activities in support of regional economic growth. WDI also offers open enrollment computer training and technical training in such areas as:

  • Air Conditioning Service
  • Class A Tractor Trailer Driving
  • Computer Aided Drawing
  • Electric Wiring
  • Heating Systems Services
  • Home Energy Efficiency
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Photovoltaic Installation
  • Security
  • Water Treatment

The WDI has training facilities at the Albany Extension Center, 175 Central Ave., Albany, and 400 Jordan Rd., N. Greenbush.

Business and Industry Training
Business and Industry Training provides businesses and industries with employer-specific training programs. Training for employees can be presented at the work-site during work hours in any topic. All programs are delivered by experienced, professional instructors. Business and Industry Training also provides training needs assessments, custom curriculum development and skills testing.

The following is a sample of the programs offered:

  • Basic Math Skills for the Workplace
  • Computer Skills
  • Customer Service and Sales
  • Diversity Training
  • Effective Leadership Skills
  • Management and Supervisory Skills
  • Pharmacy Technician Training
  • Photovoltaic Systems Training
  • Security Guard Training
  • Self-Directed Work Teams
  • Technical Writing

Off-Campus Sites
Are you looking for a convenient location where you can take credit courses? You can save yourself the drive to Troy and take a class at a community site near your home or office.

Off-campus courses are identical to those held on our main campus; in fact, students will find many of the same faculty teaching courses at off-campus sites. The college currently offers courses at the following community site locations:

  • Albany High School*
  • Albany Extension Center, 175 Central Ave., Albany*
  • Albany Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)*
  • Ballston Spa High School
  • Bethlehem High School*
  • Cohoes High School*
  • Colonie High School*
  • Joseph L. Bruno Family Resource Center
  • Lansingburgh High School*
  • Shenendehowa High School (East)*
  • Tamarac High School*
  • TEC-SMART, 345 Hermes Rd., Malta, NY*

* Smoke-Free Location – According to the New York State Clean Indoor Air Act, (Public Health Law, Article 13-E), smoking is not permitted at any time at these locations.

For more information and directions, visit In addition to these sites, classes also are offered at an array of businesses and organizations in the Capital Region. If you would like more information about hosting a course at your business or organization, call (518) 629-7338, or send an email to

The Office of Continuing Education, Summer Sessions and Workforce Development offers academic advisement for part-time and full-time non-matriculated students. We have a variety of tools to help you begin your educational journey. We focus on the needs of non-matriculated students, home-schooled students, and non-traditional students who are seeking courses for professional development or retraining. We suggest that you contact an advisor for assistance prior to enrollment.

The Life Experience Program
The Life Experience Program is designed to provide adults with an alternative method of obtaining college credit. Knowledge acquired from a combination of work experience, non-credit courses, seminar training and workshops may translate into college credit through a portfolio assessment. Not every course can be evaluated through the Life Experience Program, and not every department participates in this program. Interested students should make an appointment with a Continuing Education advisor before applying.