Business and Information Technology

Course Descriptions

Business Writing and Reports

20 hours, 2 CEUs, Non-Credit
Blended: Classroom / Online

Sharp writing skills pay off in an increasingly information-oriented workplace! This blended classroom/online course will help you brush up on the mechanics and structure of written communications and add a professional touch to your reports.

You will:

  • Review basic elements of clarity, grammar mechanics, word choice and report writing
  • Benefit from direct instructor feedback

Course Topics:

  • The Writing Process: Preparation, Organization, Writing and Revision
  • Grammar, Mechanics and Punctuation
  • Style and Clarity: Concise and Precise Writing Techniques
  • Correspondence for the Business Environment: Reports and Emails; Business Memos and Letters

The course begins and ends with classroom meetings and will have four weeks of online sessions in-between. Students will work independently on assignments, with access to the instructor for person-to-person interaction, both in the classroom and via email.

Prerequisites: Basic computer skills; previous experience using a word processing software program; a flash drive; the ability to submit assignments in MS Word or Word-compatible format; and proficiency using email to submit and retrieve class-related documents.

Required Textbook: Rules for Writers, 7th edition by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. ISBN-13: 9780312647360

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $380

Schedule: TBA

Startup Business Principles

30 Hours, 3.0 CEUs, Non-Credit
Classroom

We've partnered with the Troy Innovation Garage to offer this complete overview of the necessary steps in developing an idea and starting your own business. In addition, this course provides ample opportunity for hands-on application of core concepts with the Troy Innovation Garage, Gramercy Communications and their partners. This unique program allows you the opportunity to gain valuable experience by partnering with formative-stage companies on real world consulting projects, the chance to develop your own business models and start-up concepts, and an advanced knowledge and understanding of the business start-up process. At the conclusion of this course, you will have completed a detailed marketing plan and presentation for your business idea. This course will prove beneficial to both individuals and teams of entrepreneurs in any stage of business idea development.

Prerequisites: None

Textbook: Five suggested texts are used along with subscriptions to “Entrepreneur” and “Fast Company” magazines, as well as the Times Union and Albany Business Review. A complete list is available from WDI.

Location: Troy Innovation Garage, 22-24 Fourth St., Troy

Tuition: $600

Schedule: TBA

Introduction to Automated Web Testing

20 Hours, 2.0 CEUs

This 20-hour course, developed in partner with Albany Can Code, will train you to use open source (no cost) tools to write scripts and run tests to validate websites. The class covers element locators, XPath, CSS Selectors and other web content attributes. There is a focus on best practices in writing tests and an exposure to using Git to document test performance and results.

Those who successfully complete the course will have developed the skills for an entry-level position in a business based on web services. The practice with scripting and documenting tests with Selenium, Visual Studio, NuGet and Git will support your continued development in other testing toolkits, as desired. (ex. Groovy, Jenkins, Scala, Python)

The course covers:

  • Orientation to course and tool installation
  • Element identification, keyboard and mouse events, implicit and explicit waits (lecture and lab)
  • Script an application test (lecture and lab)
  • Run an automated test (lecture and lab)
  • Best practices: clean-up, repositories

Prerequisites:

  • Patient, methodical, detail oriented
  • Interested in software/web careers
  • Basic computer skills and use of a laptop with internet access (must be brought to class)
  • Satisfactory completion of Albany Can Code online application process

To apply: Applicants with an interest and motivation to work in the software field should apply online through Albany Can Code.

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus

Tuition: $400

Schedule: TBA

Security Guard Pre-Assignment 8-hour Training

8 hours, .8 CEUs, Non-Credit
Classroom

This is an 8 hour course required by New York State as the first step in obtaining a security guard registration card from the New York State Department of State. The course provides the student with a general overview of the duties and responsibilities of a security guard. Topics covered in this course include the Role of the Security Guard, Legal Powers and Limitations, Emergency Situations, Communications and Public Relations, Access Control, and Ethics and Conduct.

For answers to frequently asked questions about being a Security Guard in New York State, please visit: NYS Security Guard FAQ.

Prerequisites: Applicants must be 18 years of age and must not have been convicted of a serious criminal offense and must be a citizen or resident alien of the United States. A minimum of a 10th grade reading skill level in English is required.

NOTE: The passing of an examination and 100% attendance is required for successful completion of this course.

Students must bring one of the following forms of ID to the training:

  • A driver's license, US passport, government ID or military ID.
    OR
  • A social security card AND employer ID, student photo ID or other similar photo ID.

Location:  Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus OR 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy

Tuition: $85

Additional Fees: Students are responsible for additional fees and required filings as part of the security guard licensing application process.

Complaint Policy: If the school director, or co-director, is unable to resolve an issue with a student, the student may contact the NYS DCJS at (518) 457-4135.

Schedule: TBA

Security Guard On-The-Job 16-Hour Training

16 hours, 1.6 CEUs, Non-Credit
Classroom

This is a 16 hour course that must be completed within 90 days of employment as a security guard. The course provides the student with detailed information on the duties and responsibilities a security guard. Topics covered in this course include the Role of the Security Guard, Legal Powers and Limitations, Emergency Situations, Communications and Public Relations, Access Control, Ethics and Conduct, Incident Command System, and Terrorism.

For answers to frequently asked questions about being a Security Guard in New York State, please visit: NYS Security Guard FAQ.

Prerequisites: Applicants must be 18 years of age and have completed the Pre-Assignment 8-hour course. Applicants must not have been convicted of a serious criminal offense and must be a citizen or resident alien of the United States. A minimum of a 10th grade reading skill level in English is required.

NOTE: The passing of an examination and 100% attendance is required for successful completion of this course.

Students must bring one of the following forms of ID to the training:

  • A driver's license, US passport, government ID or military ID.
    OR
  • A social security card AND employer ID, student photo ID or other similar photo ID.

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus OR 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy

Tuition: $160

Complaint Policy: If the school director, or co-director, is unable to resolve an issue with a student, the student may contact the NYS DCJS at (518) 457-4135.

Schedule:
March 5 - 9, 2019
Tuesday and Thursday: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Security Guard Annual In-Service 8-Hour Training

8 hours, .8 CEUs, Non-Credit
Classroom

This is an 8 hour course that must be completed within 12 calendar months from completion of the 16 Hour On-the-Job Training Course for Security Guards, and annually thereafter. The course is structured to provide the student with updated and enhanced information on the duties and responsibilities of a Security Guard. Topics include the Role of the Security Guard, Legal powers and Limitations, Emergency Situations, Communications and Public Relations, Access Control, and Ethics and Conduct.

For answers to frequently asked questions about being a Security Guard in New York State, please visit: NYS Security Guard FAQ.

Prerequisites: Applicants must be 18 years of age and have completed the Pre-Assignment 8-hour and On-the-Job 16-hour Training Courses. Applicants must not have been convicted of a serious criminal offense and must be a citizen or resident alien of the United States. A minimum of a 10th grade reading skill level in English is required.

Students must bring one of the following forms of ID to the training:

  • A driver's license, US passport, government ID or military ID.
    OR
  • A social security card AND employer ID, student photo ID or other similar photo ID.

NOTE: The passing of an examination and 100% attendance is required for successful completion of this course.

Location: Hudson Valley Community College Main Campus OR 400 Jordan Rd., Rensselaer Technology Park, Troy

Tuition: $85

Schedule: TBA

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