Winter/Spring 2019 Offerings: Certificate Programs

Our non-credit online certificate programs can help you launch a new career or advance in your current position.

Basic Training for Wedding Planners
This online course is designed to provide any aspiring wedding planner with the basic information and practical training needed to establish a career in the wedding industry. Master Planner Taia Younis will teach you her system for planning, designing and coordinating weddings. Course modules related to business include topics such as starting a wedding planning business, creating service packages, and building vendor relationships. Modules on planning and design cover the “how-to” of providing day-of coordination and full-service planning services; creating wedding budgets and timelines; wedding design basics; and more. Each module is accompanied by downloadable tools and templates for the student’s future use. 3.6 CEUs
NOTE: This course requires a Hudson Valley username and password. Computer Accounts Important Information
61072
$595
Online Course Dates, 2/5 - 5/10
Taia Younis, Instructor

Paralegal Certificate
This intensive, nationally-acclaimed program is designed for beginning and advanced legal workers. You will be trained to assist trial attorneys, interview witnesses, investigate complex fact patterns, research the law and assist in preparing cases for courtroom litigation.The instruction is practice-oriented and relates to those areas of the law in which legal assistants are in most demand.

The online paralegal course is split into two parts: Introduction to Paralegal Studies and Advanced Paralegal Concepts. All registered students will be enrolled in both sections, which will be completed consecutively. Introduction to Paralegal Studies provides the foundation for paralegal study. During the seven-week course, you will gain an understanding of the American legal system and learn how you can be of assistance in the exciting field of law. Coursework is equivalent to 45 class hours of study.

Advanced Paralegal Concepts takes over where the introduction leaves off. In this seven-week course, you will learn the advanced skills of legal research and writing, formal and informal advocacy, and appellate procedure. Coursework in the advanced course is equivalent to an additional 45 class hours of study. This is an accelerated course. While there are no prerequisites, you will be expected to complete a significant amount of homework and you can anticipate spending an average of 12 hours per week reading and completing writing assignments.

Successful graduates of this program will be awarded a certificate of completion. To receive the certificate, you must pass six quizzes and successfully complete five legal document writing assignments. 8.4 CEUs

Please note: paid access to the Westlaw online legal library is offered through the Center for Legal Studies and is strongly recommended to complete the second part of the course. Students have access to Westlaw at Hudson Valley Community College while on campus. Textbooks that accompany the instruction of this course are available for purchase in the college’s bookstore or through the Center for Legal Studies at (800) 522-7737.

Paralegal Certificate Course: Additional and Important Information
60177
$1,395
Online Course: 3/11 - 4/26 & 5/6 - 6/21

60178
$1,395
Online Course: 5/6 - 6/21 & 7/1 - 8/16

PET EDUCATIONAL TRAINING SERVICES

Know you want to work with animals but aren’t sure which pet program to choose? Please contact the course instructor Mary Lynn Gagnon at m.gagnon@hvcc.edu.

Mary Lynn, the owner of Pet Estates Inc. and Merry Lynn Kennels, and has been a successful pet business owner and leader in the pet business field for more than 24 years.

Pet Education Certificate Program
The Pet Education Certificate course offers a variety of resources to help begin or enhance your career working with animals, including but not limited to pet sitting, kennel work, daycare, training, working for a veterinarian and other animal-related fields. Topics include pet health and illness, communication, basic hygiene for pets, and even writing a resume and preparing for an interview. In order to successfully complete this program and be eligible for a certificate, you must successfully complete the online course, complete a pet First Aid/CPR class and complete at least 100 hours of internships at an approved animal care facility within six months of the end of the course. 11.8 CEUs
NOTE: This course requires a Hudson Valley username and password. Computer Accounts Important Information
60246
$400
Online Course, 2/7 - 4/4

60564
$400
Online Course, 3/15 - 5/10

P.E.T.S. Basics of Grooming School
This is an introductory course to prepare you for a career in the grooming business. It is also beneficial to pet owners who wish to advance their knowledge in pet hygiene. Prerequisite: Pet Education Certificate course. In order to successfully complete this program and be eligible for a certificate, you must successfully complete the online course, complete a pet CPR/First Aid class, and complete at least 20 hours of internships at an approved animal care facility within six months of the end of this course. 4.7 CEUs
NOTE: This course requires a Hudson Valley username and password. Computer Accounts Important Information
60245
$400
Online Course, 4/4 - 5/9

Pet CPR and First Aid
Whether you are a pet owner or just a pet lover, this class will provide critical knowledge that could help save a pet’s life. Students will need to purchase at least one textbook as part of the online portion of this course; approximate textbook cost is $20. 0.4 CEUs
NOTE: This course requires a Hudson Valley username and password. Computer Accounts Important Information
60248
$86
Online Course, 2/20 - 3/13

60409
$86
Online Course, 4/3 - 4/24

Starting a Pet Business
In order to stand out in the pet industry today you need to think outside the box and do your research. This course will save you time and money by giving you the tools to do it right the first time. You will be guided to free resources to start your business. The course includes a 30-minute personal phone consultation with Pet Estates Inc. owners Don or Mary Lynn Gagnon.
NOTE: This course requires a Hudson Valley username and password. Computer Accounts Important Information
60247
$86
Online Course, 2/8 - 3/1

60566
$86
Online Course, 4/5 - 4/26

Tools and Techniques for the Professional - Entering a Client’s Home Safely with a Pet in the Household
Professionals (police, firefighters, pet sitters, nurses, etc.) will get the training and tools they need to help keep them safe when entering a home with pets. Topics covered include canine aggression and reading body language, how to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation involving dogs, and more. 0.2 CEUs
NOTE: This course requires a Hudson Valley username and password. Computer Accounts Important Information
60561
$205
Online Course, 4/18 - 5/9

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Fax: (518) 629-8103

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Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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