Communication

Learn a new language or discover the power of writing to tell your personal story with our communication courses.

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Courses

A to Z Grant Writing

Do you love writing and building rewarding, long-lasting relationships? Do you have a passion for a cause? As a grant writer, you can help nonprofit organizations, schools, religious institutions, and research organizations acquire the funds they need to operate and to thrive. In this class, you’ll learn how to put together a gold medal proposal package – one that will capture the attention, and the funds, of donors. This informative course will equip you with the skills and tools you need to enter this exciting and fulfilling field. No matter who you are or what level of experience you have, you can be a successful grant writer. You’ll find the A to Z of writing and submitting successful proposals right here. This is one of the best online grant writing courses around, whether you’re already involved in a related position or are looking to take your first step into this rewarding career. This course is taught online through our partnership with Ed2go. To log into your online classroom, please visit www.ed2go.com/hvcc and select My Classroom. Please note, it may take 24 - 48 hours before your registered course appears in My Classroom.

A to Z Grant Writing
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Online, 2/10 - 4/1 ZILC-111 600 12 seats left $115
Online, 3/17 - 5/4 ZILC-111 601 11 seats left $115
Online, 4/14 - 6/4 ZILC-111 602 12 seats left $115

Advocacy Communications

Want to make a change in the world? From changing a street name to passing a law, this course can help. Students will learn how to communicate effectively with the public, elected officials, and the press in order to reach their advocacy goal. Topics that will be covered include how to write a press release, how to deal with the press, and how to best use social media. This course is taught remotely via Zoom.  You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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Brian Keegan, Instructor

Advocacy Communications
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Wednesdays, 4/14 - 4/21
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-015 600 14 seats left $29

American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is the third most used language in the United States today. This course is designed for students who are interested in learning about the Deaf community and developing ASL expressive and receptive skills. The course will provide an introduction to ASL and Deaf culture. You will learn practical and common language so you can have a brief conversation with someone from the Deaf community. Learning will include a combination of lecture, practice exercises, video, and class discussion.

Shannon Johnson, Instructor

Course will meet in Administration Building, Room 106

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American Sign Language
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Tuesdays, 3/2 - 5/4
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-067 600 0 seats left $79Section Full

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Beginner's Guide to Starting a FREE Blog

Blogging is a great way to get the word out about you, your service, your product, or information you want to share! You will learn step by step how to:
• start a FREE blog with WordPress
• choose a blog template
• emphasize your blog content with a creative name
• use your unique voice to share your expertise
• connect your domain/website

You will also learn how to earn an income with your blog, including links to other websites and advertising on your blog, as well as increase your internet ranking.  Course fee includes $5 materials fee.  This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

Beginner's Guide to Starting a FREE Blog
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Wednesday, 3/10
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
ZCOM-086 600 14 seats left $45

Beginning Conversational French

This course will teach you how to communicate easily and comfortably with those who speak French. You will learn practical, common phrases that will make your trips to the many French-speaking regions of the world more pleasant. You will learn dialogue specific to various settings, and you will be surprised how easy it can be to speak another language.

Beginning Conversational French
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Online, 2/10 - 4/2 ZILC-062 600 13 seats left $115
Online, 3/17 - 5/7 ZILC-062 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/14 - 6/4 ZILC-062 602 15 seats left $115

Communications and Fundraising for Non-Profits

This course will provide an overview of the basic principles of communications and fundraising for not-for-profit organizations. It is intended as a primer for non-profit board members and staff. Topics to be covered include messaging, audiences for communications, communications planning, types of communications and their purpose, the role of fundraising, types of fundraising (annual, major, planned giving, events, grants), and the role of your board in communications and fundraising.

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Course will be held in Williams Hall, Room 112

Janet Hiser, Instructor

Communications and Fundraising for Non-Profits
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Tuesdays, 5/4 - 5/11
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-054 600 10 seats left $25

Conversational Japanese

Whether you want to learn conversational Japanese for travel or just for fun, this course makes it easy and enjoyable for beginners to master the essentials of the Japanese language. Guided by a native Japanese instructor, you’ll also gain cultural knowledge only an insider has.

Conversational Japanese
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Online, 2/10 - 4/2 ZILC-060 600 15 seats left $115
Online, 3/17 - 5/7 ZILC-060 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/14 - 6/4 ZILC-060 602 15 seats left $115

English as a Second Language

Students must register for an ESL placement test prior to registering for one of the below courses.  Tests will be offered on 1/19 and 2/2.  There is no cost for testing.  After testing is completing, we will contact you to register you for one of the course below.  The fee for one of the below courses is $25.  Scholarships are available.  A valid Certificate of Residence is required to register for the course.  The placement test and courses will be taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

Grammar and Writing for ESL - Level I

This course is designed for beginning-level English language learners. Little prior knowledge of English is needed.  Students will be introduced to basic American English grammar and writing strategies needed to produce simple sentences, short paragraphs, and informal letters. Editing techniques will also be discussed. 

Course meets Tues. & Thurs., 2/9 - 5/20, 10 a.m. - Noon

Nathan Bogardus, Instructor 

Grammar and Writing for ESL - Level II

This course is designed for high beginning/low intermediate-level English language learners.  Some knowledge of English is needed. Students will be introduced to reading strategies and apply them to high beginning/low intermediate-level English texts. Students will also learn how to converse on a variety of topics in English.  Pronunciation and intonation will also be addressed. 

Course meets Tues. & Thurs., 2/9 - 5/20, 3 - 5 p.m.

Shauna Anderson, Instructor 

Reading and Conversation for ESL - Level I

This course is designed for beginning-level English language learners.  Little prior knowledge of English is needed. Students will be introduced to reading strategies and apply them to basic or simplified English texts.  Students will also learn how to converse on a variety of topics in English.  Pronunciation and intonation will also be addressed.

Course meets Tues. & Thurs., 2/9 - 5/20, 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. 

Irene Cruz, Instructor 

Reading and Conversation for ESL - Level II

This course is designed for high beginning/low intermediate-level English language learners.  Some knowledge of English is required.  Students will be introduced to high-beginning/low-intermediate level grammar and writing strategies.  Paragraph organization, formal letter and business writing will also be addressed.  Required textbook: The Giver by Lois Lowry (ISBN 978-0544336261) 

Course meets Tues. & Thurs., 2/9 - 5/20, 6:15 - 8:15 p.m. 

Shauna Anderson, Instructor 

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English as a Second Language
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Tuesday, 2/2
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
ZESL-017 601 0 seats left $0Section Full

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Thursday, 2/4
6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
ZESL-017 602 13 seats left $0

Getting Paid to Talk

Have you ever been told you have a great voice? From audio books and cartoons to documentaries, commercials and more, this class will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Learn 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 our teacher. For more information, please visit https://voicecoaches.com/.

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Course will be held in Administration Building, Room 107

Creative Voice Development, Instructor

Getting Paid to Talk
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Tuesday, 5/18
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ZCOM-010 600 10 seats left $19

Instant Italian

This dynamic course will teach you how to express yourself comfortably in Italian. You’ll learn practical, everyday words. You’ll read, hear and practice dialogues based on typical situations that you’re likely to encounter if you plan to vacation in Italy. The dialogues and follow-up exercises of each lesson will teach you to communicate in Italian in a wide variety of settings. You’ll be surprised by how quickly and easily you can learn many useful expressions in Italian.

Instant Italian
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Online, 2/10 - 4/2 ZILC-061 600 15 seats left $115
Online, 3/17 - 5/7 ZILC-061 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/14 - 6/4 ZILC-061 602 15 seats left $115

No Excuses! Writing & Selling Your Book

John Grisham scribbled notes on a legal pad between court sessions. 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? 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. One-on-one consulting with the instructor about your project after the course eliminates any excuses preventing you from realizing your publishing dreams. Course fee includes a $15 materials fee. This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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Pauline Bartel, Instructor

No Excuses! Writing & Selling Your Book
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Saturday, 5/8
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ZCOM-019 600 12 seats left $65

Spanish for Law Enforcement

With more and more Spanish-speaking people living in the United States every year, learning the Spanish language is becoming ever more important. In the law enforcement field, mastering basic Spanish will give you more skill to handle situations involving Spanish-speaking individuals. Adding Spanish skills to your resume can also open doors to new job opportunities.

Spanish for Law Enforcement
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Online, 2/10 - 4/2 ZILC-070 600 15 seats left $115
Online, 3/17 - 5/7 ZILC-070 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/14 - 6/4 ZILC-070 602 15 seats left $115

Speed Spanish

Imagine yourself speaking, reading and writing Spanish. Now you can! This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish, pronto. You’ll learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, you’ll be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish. ¡Qué bueno!

Speed Spanish
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Online, 2/10 - 4/2 ZILC-063 600 13 seats left $115
Online, 3/17 - 5/7 ZILC-063 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/14 - 6/4 ZILC-063 602 15 seats left $115

Wipe Your Feet Before You Step All Over Me!

If you hate your haircut, do you tell the stylist? If your car still thunks after the mechanic “fixed” it, do you go back? If your neighbor throws a loud party, do you complain? If you answered “no” to these questions, you could be a people-pleaser, and you could benefit from this lighthearted session to help you build assertiveness skills and stop being a doormat. Through discussion, role-play (optional participation), and eye-opening exercises, you’ll walk away with an action plan to start standing up for yourself. This course is facilitated by a recovering people-pleaser who understands the challenges of learning to be more assertive and is ready to help you on your journey. This course is taught remotely via Zoom.  You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.

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Karen DeBonis, Instructor

Wipe Your Feet Before You Step All Over Me!
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Thursday, 2/11
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZSPI-222 600 11 seats left $15

Writing for Online Blogs, Magazines & Websites

You don’t need a journalism degree or previously published articles to write for an online blog, magazine, or website. Some opportunities offer exposure, while many pay well – $1 a word and more. In this fast-paced session, you will learn how to find ideas, sources, and more than 1,000 opportunities that pay; conduct interviews and create interesting content; protect your copyright; write query letters; and then use this credibility to sell other articles or even your self-published novel. Course fee includes $5 materials fee. This course is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. 

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LeeAnne Krusemark, Instructor

Writing for Online Blogs, Magazines & Websites
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Wednesday, 3/10
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ZCOM-084 600 14 seats left $25

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