Continuing Education

Professional Development

Family Development CredentialTM (FDC)

Frontline workers in health, education and human services agencies are offered training in the approach that emphasizes the strengths and resources of families to empower them for long-lasting change.

This 90-hour interactive course and portfolio development leads to the Family Development Credential ™ (FDC) awarded by the University of Connecticut upon successful completion of the course, portfolio and an examination. This 15-week program is offered twice a year at the beginning of March and the beginning of October. The spring 2014 schedule is Fridays, March 7-June 27, 10 am- 5pm. Tuition is $950; the fee for the credentialing exam is $250. For additional information and permission to register, call Phyllis Rafti, Program Coordinator, at (718) 960-8512.

In-Demand & Green Careers

COS01: Introduction to Cosmetology

Cosmetology is not only about hair care; it’s about one’s total appearance.  In this course, you will learn about the principles of hair design, nail care and facials.    Learn how to properly treat scalps before shampooing and conditioning hair.  Learn to cut and style hair, mix and apply color, braid hair and work with wigs and extensions.  Practice skin care and learn to remove unwanted hair, perform facials and apply makeup.  Lastly, learn to conduct manicures and pedicures, apply nail tips, wraps and gels.  By completing this course you will be able create exciting enhancements to one’s total appearance.  Hours: 30, Tuition:  $3,150

Dates:  (M, W) 8/4, 8/6, 8/11, 8/13, 8/18, 8/20, 8/25, 8/27, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

PRI01: Professional Residential Integration

This course is for those with an interest in digital smart home integration. By working with our professional instructors in both a hands-on and lecture environment, participants will learn the skills of the trade on an industry-standard level. Participants will go over the integration of electronic equipment in a home that can all be wirelessly connected to one control device. Some of these devices include audio, video, lighting, air conditioning, and alarm systems.  Topics in this course will include how to install a home theater, operating your smart home controller, and troubleshooting/maintenance of your smart home system.  Students will walk away from this class with the ability to use the skills they have learned in their own homes or in a new job. 32 Hrs., Tuition: $2645

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

LOC01: Fundamentals of Locksmithing

Fundamentals of Locksmithing will provide students with an understanding of locksmith techniques and skills. Students will be introduced to tools and equipment used by master locksmiths for everyday job assignments. Topics covered during class include learning residential locks, key blank identification, and how to duplicate and cut keys.

Students will learn about pin tumbler locks, how cylinder system works, and how to re-pin locks. A master locksmith will guide students through situations such as what to do in the case of a car or house lockout, provide a brief review of store/high security locks, and will cover lock servicing and repairing methods. Hands-on assignments will provide students with the practical application to real life scenarios. This course will give students the skills to self install residential locks and self troubleshoot common situation. 32 hours, Tuition: $2,645

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

ALM01: Residential Alarm Systems and Surveillance including CCTV

This Course includes hands-on labs and classroom training in Electronic Security, Fire detection, Alarm Systems and Surveillance systems. Students will have the opportunity to perform a Complete Installation while learning Costing, Programming, Layout, and a variety of Peripherals.

Through various hands-on labs students will gain working knowledge of the following applications:

User and Programming Functions
Control Panel Programming
Detection including: Glass Break, C02, Smoke, H2O, Temperature and Motion.
Demonstrate the best practices of Hardwiring verses Wireless applications including IR & RF.

Using a Hands-on approach, students will work on a variety of industry non-specific equipment, hook up the devices to each other, and operate the monitors, cameras, DVRs etc and will gain experience creating the cables needed for this industry. They will understand the parts of the basic camera including but not limited to:

Lens, Iris, auto iris, focal length, CCD chip, power input, video output and how to mount and adjust different style of cameras. The students will have a basic understanding of light & lighting and how it interacts with the CCTV system. They will be familiar with the terms, infrared, Day/Night cameras back light, LUX, blooming and burn-in, as well s where the light source should be in relation to the camera's field of view. Students will hookup and operate a DVR and learn appropriate terms and formats.

Programming shall include an explanation of all programming locations in the panel as well as actual programming. User programming shall include master code, user code, guest code, deleting codes explanation of installer code and its limitations, as well as the attributes commands for access levels and key fob to user assignment..Tuition: 2,645, 32 hrs

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

ALM02: Alarm Course for New York State Certification

This highly intensive course is provided specifically for alarm technicians and alarm installers, or for anyone employed in the alarm industry. In this eighty-one hour program, participants will learn everything they need to qualify for New York Department of State certification. Program instructors are certified by New York State and they will address topics including: fundamentals of fire alarm systems; household fire warning equipment; inspection, testing and maintenance; electrical and building codes; and practices for initiating circuits. Hours: 81, Tuition: $2,645

Dates: TBA, Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm

CDL01: Commercial Drivers License A & B New York State Commercial Drivers License Training.

Take the next step towards a successful career in commercial transportation with our Commercial Driving License training course with road training lessons provided locally in the Bronx. Upon completion of the course, students will have the ability to take the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles driving permit tests for both CDL Class A and B. Students will receive up to 41 total hours of instruction with up to 25 hours of "hands on training" behind the wheel of an 18 wheel tractor trailer and passenger bus. The following subjects will be covered during this course: pre-trip vehicle inspection including engine/cab inspection and external inspection; proper driving procedures; and vehicle control air brake usage. Prerequisites for hands-on road training include completion of a D.O.T. Medical Card by a qualified health care professional and the successful passing of the written permit tests offered at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Testing fees for both the written tests and skills test are not included in the tuition.

41 hours with schedule to be determined by the coordinator.


Tuition: $ $4,490

  • (F) 6/6 – 9/5/14
  • (F) 6/20 – 9/19/14

Tuition: $4,975

  • (F) 7/11/14 – 10/10/14
  • (F) 7/25/14 – 10/24/14
  • (F) 8/8/14 – 11/7/14
  • (F) 8/29/14 – 11/21/14
  • (F) 9/12/14 – 12/12/14
  • (F) 9/26/14 – 12/26/14
  • (F) 10/10/14 – 1/9/15
  • (F) 10/24/14 – 1/23/15

Orientation begins at 8:00am

CDL02: Manual Transmission & Double Clutching for the Experience Commercial Driver

Licensed, qualified drivers with experience in automatic transmission tractor trailers or box trucks need to stay one step ahead of the pack. Developing a skill to drive manual transmission tractor trailers, including dual clutch, is essential to remaining competitive in today’s economy. In this 34-hour course, you will receive: an 8-hour permit class preparation lecture; 3 hours of tool box safety and instructions; 15 hours of individual one-on-one driving lessons; 9 hours of safety instructions. If you want to learn how to back up with left/right backs, how to alley dock, how to perform serpentine maneuvers, and how to couple/uncouple, then this course is for you. Vehicles are provided for all driving lesson. To enroll you must be over the age of 21, have a valid driver’s license, have no major driving violations, and pass the DOT medical examination prior to the beginning of class. Students are responsible for all DMV fees. Tuition: $3,900.

  • 34 Hours with schedule to be determined by the coordinator
  • Certificate/Designation: Transportation


  • (F) 7/11 – 8/15/14
  • (F) 7/25 – 8/29/14
  • (F) 8/8 – 9/12/14
  • (F) 8/29 – 9/26/14
  • (F) 9/12 – 10/17/14
  • (F) 9/26 – 10/31/14
  • (F) 10/10 – 11/14/14
  • (F) 10/24 – 11/28/14

Orientation begins at 8:00 am

CDL03: Defensive Driving for the Commercial Driver

Driving defensively is one thing.  Driving in dangerous weather conditions is another.  Commercial driving skills must be of the highest caliber to travel on roads ravaged by unpredictable weather.  Participants completing this course will be able to better navigate through torrential rains, snowstorms, ice storms, and heavy fog. Our skilled driving instructor will provide failsafe strategies for coming out of a skid on black ice as well as safely negating any effects of hydroplaning.  By completing the course, you will be eligible for a ten percent discount off your auto insurance. Hours:  16, Tuition:  $3,500

Dates: TBA, Times: 8:00am – 4:00pm

DDR10: How to Be a Defensive Driver

Driving a motor vehicle is one thing.  Driving in dangerous conditions is another.  Defensive driving skills must be of the highest caliber to travel on roads ravaged by unpredictable weather or populated by unscrupulous drivers.  Participants completing this course will be able to better navigate through poor road conditions and unexpected situations. Our skilled driving instructor will provide failsafe strategies for coming out of a skid, braking with precision accuracy, and safely negotiating the open road.  By completing the course, you will be more skilled in your ability to maintain control of your vehicle in less-than-adequate road conditions. Hours:  18, Tuition:  $2,645


  • (Su) 9/14, 9/21/2014, Times: 8:00am – 4:00pm
  • (Su) 9/28, 10/5/14, Times: 8:00am – 4:00pm

CDL04: Commercial Drivers License A & B State of Connecticut Commercial Driver License Training

State of Connecticut Commercial Driver License Training.

Take the next step towards a successful career in commercial transportation with our Commercial Driving License training course.  Upon completion of the course, students will have the ability to take the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles driving permit tests for both the CDL Class A and B.  Students will receive instruction that includes online learning and up to 25 hours of "hands on training" behind the wheel of the 18 wheel tractor trailer and the passenger bus. The following subjects will be covered during this course: Pre-trip vehicle inspection including engine/cab inspection as well as external inspection; driving with proper driving procedures; and vehicle control air brake usage.   Prerequisites for “hands on” road training include: a valid Connecticut State Driver’s License; being 18 years old or being over 21 years old if driving interstate; being able to drive a stick shift; having a clean driving record; completing a medical exam; and successfully passing the written permit tests CDL Class A/B at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. Testing fees for both the written tests and skills test are not included in your tuition. Fee: $4,475 

Dates: TBA, Orientation begins at 8:00 a. m.

CDL05: On the Road to Commercial Driving

This online course will help you begin your career in commercial driving in New York State. Participate in 16 hours of online instruction to prepare you to take the CDL Class A/Class B permit exam. Learn the principles of pre-trip inspection including the steps required for the engine/cab, and for the external trailer including the undercarriage. Become familiar with all vehicle systems including those for suspension, fuel, lubrication, cooling electricity and brakes. Learn the principles of speed management, space management, night driving, driving in extreme conditions, hazard perception, and emergency maneuvers. Gain insight into conducting preventive maintenance, diagnosing and reporting malfunctions, handling cargo and documenting cargo for transportation. Once you have completed these online modules, then you will be able successfully take and pass the New York State permit exam for the commercial driver license. Please note that this course does not include vehicle driving. Hours: 16, Tuition: $1,200

DATES: TBA, Orientation begins at 8:00 a.m.

ATR100: Career Oriented Automotive Repair- Dent Removal

Do you want to find a job at an auto body shop? Or finally get rid of that dent in the side of you own vehicle? This Paintless Dent Removal course will teach you how to remove dents of different sizes and depth, allowing you to perfect the technique with hands-on training. You will learn how to read a dent by using different lighting and measuring techniques, as well as the different ways to remove it, including: locating the access points; stripping a car and accessing the dent from behind; and physically massaging the dent until it disappears. Learn a trade and a profession, so you can work on your own car to minimize repair costs, or find a job in a trade that is in high demand in today’s industry. Tuition: : $2,625, 24 hours

Dates: TBA , Times: 8:00am - 4:00pm

ATR102: Career Oriented Automotive Repair – Automobile Mechanic

Do you want to find a job as an automobile mechanic? Or would you just like to know how to conduct minor repairs on your own vehicle? In either case, this course will provide you with the skills to begin a career as an auto mechanic or take good care of your own car. You will learn how to troubleshoot systems and determine the correct procedures for repairing them. You will learn to change fluids and check tire pressure, repair suspension systems and brakes, and conduct routine tune-ups. Learn to replace switches and belts, valves and other parts. Use hydraulic systems in an actual garage to raise automobiles in order to gain underneath access. You will also learn how electronic components are now interconnected throughout today’s modern cars and trucks. Safety features will be covered and it is required that students bring their own safety goggles to each class session. Tuition: $2,625, Hours: 24

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

LTO01: Lift Truck Operations

This course is for anyone looking to gain experience operating Lift Trucks.  All who attend will receive a well-rounded experience by learning to operate Fork Lifts, Skid Steers, and Aerial Lifts.  Students will also receive OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) training, ensuring that they learn to operate each machine correctly and safely.   Topics covered include proper truck inspection, height and weight capacity, and maintenance techniques to help students learn required information about the machines they are working with.  Our experienced certified instructor will also cover the specific control features of each machine and the variety of actions they can perform.   Upon completion of this 24 hour course, students will walk away with professional experience and an OSHA certification. 24 Hours, Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

TIG01: Welding and other Advanced Techniques

This class is for students interested in taking their welding skills to the next level.  Students will have the unique opportunity to work with our professional instructors in a hands-on environment, with a focus on tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding.  Students will design, outline, and complete their own projects during this 24 hours course.  The class will begin with a safety training on how to appropriately operate a TIG welder and continue with lessons on Shielded Metal Arc welding, techniques, and theory.  It’s important to arrive for class wearing proper clothing (jeans and long sleeves) because the sparks will fly. 24hrs, Tuition $2625

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm - 10:00pm

MIG01: MIG Welding and Metal Fabrication

This three day course will provide you with a basic understanding of the different principles and techniques used in MIG welding. Professional welders will teach you the proper maintenance, how to operate the machinery, and the different applications it can be used for, including brazing and soldering. You will learn cutting techniques, the different types of wires that are used, and how to manipulate the controls. By the end of the course, you will have the ability to join a wide range of different types of metals together. For safety reasons, please note the mandatory attire before attending the class: Long sleeve shirt and are required, as well as avoiding certain fabrics including synthetic, polyester, and loose fabrics. Steel-toed work boot should be worn, and glasses should be worn instead of contact lenses. Tuition: $2,625, 24 Hours

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

MFW01: Metal Fabrication for the Skilled Welder

This course is designed specifically for welders that are experienced with MIG and TIG welding tools, processes and techniques, and that are ready to apply their skills to more creative tasks in fabrication. Students will learn the sophisticated techniques for bending a variety of metals into multiple shapes and sizes. They will work with cutting tools to fabricate structures according to a design established at the beginning of class, thereby guiding the refinement of skills from start to finish. Small assemblies will be created by teams of students in the class and once each small section is finished, each module will be joined into a larger, completed piece. For safety reasons, please note the mandatory attire before attending the class. Long sleeve shirt and pants are required. Students must avoid certain types of clothing including synthetic, polyester, and loose fabrics. Steel-toed work boots should be worn, and glasses should be worn instead of contact lenses. Hours: 24, Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

EPP01: Electrical Principles and Practices

Electrical Principles and Practices is an introductory course focusing on electrical wiring in residential, commercial, and industrial applications. This interactive course begins with key electrical concepts in which participants will become familiar with common types of voltage, circuits, and codes. Mathematic principles as well as applications will be used throughout the course to calculate air resistance and energy usage. Students will learn how to: work with cables; solder wires; replace plugs, fuses and circuit breakers; wire switch and light circuits; cut, strip and prepare proper connections; and evaluate systems to eliminate energy waste. Skilled instructors will enforce precautions to ensure that all hands-on work will be done safely and effectively. After successfully completing the course, students will be able to use their acquired electrical skills in their everyday lives or use their knowledge as a first step toward entering an electrical field. Hours: 32, Tuition: $3,150, 10 sessions.


  •  (M, W) 8/18, 8/20, 8/25, 8/27, 9/3, 9/8, 9/10, 9/15, Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

(M-Fri), Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

  • 9/1/2014 - 9/12/2014
  • 10/06/2014 - 10/17/2014
  • 11/03/2014 - 11/14/2014
  • 12/01/2014 - 12/12/2014
  • 1/05/2015 - 1/16/2015
  • 2/02/2015 - 2/13/2015

EPP02: Electricity Skills: Focus on The Kitchen

It’s one thing to construct a room to house a kitchen; it’s another to wire it properly to guarantee effective and safe operation.  Electricity, and methods for directing it according to code throughout a home or workplace, is not an easy task.  In this course, you will learn to assess the requirements for electrical service specifically for a kitchen, and run wires accordingly.  Learn to install the types of electrical outlets specifically to accommodate large appliances.  Learn to install recessed and other appropriate lighting..  Since water is a strong conductor of electricity, it is critical that electricity and water do not come in contact.  You will focus on making certain that wiring will be allocated specifically as to not interfere with plumbing features.  Once you have completed the course, you will be able to safely wire any kitchen facility. Hours: 32, Tuition: $2,645

Dates: (Tu, Th) 9/9, 9/11, 9/16, 9/18, 9/23, 9/25, 9/30, 10/2, Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

OBE01: Working with Backhoes and Excavators

Through lecture and hands-on activities on an active construction site, you will develop the skills that you need to work with heavy machinery. Learn from our expert instructors how to operate a backhoe for digging and for loading materials into trucks. Operate an excavator to dig, conduct heavy lifting, and grade landscapes. This intensive introduction to construction machinery will provide you not only with the operational skills, but the safety measures required for using heavy equipment. In addition, you will learn procedures for troubleshooting, maintenance, and inspection. Appropriate clothing will be required including steel-toed shoes, long sleeved shirts and pants. Hours: 24, Tuition: $2,625, 3 sessions

Dates: TBA, Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

OBE02: Working with Backhoes and Excavators and Payloaders – Level II

This course is for those students that have taken the “Working with Backhoes and Excavators” course and wish to upgrade their comfort level with operating heavy equipment. Continue to focus on operating a backhoe for digging and loading. Then, operate a payloader in lifting, moving, placing and stacking materials in storage areas and vehicles. Additional safety features will be reinforced. Please remember that proper clothing, including steel-toed shoes, long sleeved shirts and long pants are required during the class. Hours: 24  Tuition: $2,625

Dates: (Su) 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, time: 8:00am – 4:00pm

LOC02: Advanced Locksmithing

This course is designed specifically for those students that have completed Fundamentals of Locksmithing. By using the tools and following the safety procedures of the initial course, students will be introduced to more advanced levels of techniques and technology. Topics covered include working with key less entry locks as well as electromagnetic locks. Students will also learn how to duplicate keys for more sophisticated locks, become familiar with a wide array of industrial locks, repair common problems in popular locks, plus take apart locking systems in automobiles and put them back together. Students will learn from a master locksmith and receive practical, hands-on instruction that will enable them develop skills required to prepare for a profession in locksmithing. 40 hours, Tuition: $2,645.

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

RPV01: Repairing High Performance Vehicles

In this hands-on course, you will learn the basics of high performance vehicle repair. Fuel systems will be featured including carburetors and electronic fuel injection. Engine maintenance will be covered including procedures for changing fluids and adjusting intake and exhaust valves. You will learn about cooling system maintenance and methods for repairing drivetrains. Suspension systems will be reviewed as well as a vehicle frames including steel tube, pressed steel and aluminum frames. You will learn about tire construction, hydraulic brakes and exhaust systems. Finally, the basics of keeping your vehicle clean and detailed will be covered. Upon completing the course, you will have the ability to troubleshoot and repair most high performance engines. 24 Hours, Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

RPV02: Advanced High Performance Vehicle Repair

In this follow-up course to “Repairing High Performance Vehicles,” you will take your newly acquired skills one step further by disassembling and reassembling a high performance vehicle, while restoring it in the process. Learn to break down the vehicle into component parts, clean each part, inspect the components for damage and overuse, conduct necessary repairs, and determine which parts require replacement. Components for tearing down include the engine, the fuel and exhaust systems, the transmission, wheels and brakes, and electronics. Once each part has been thoroughly cleaned and restored, the vehicle will be reassembled and prepared for use. By completing this twenty-four hour course, you will have developed the necessary skills to restore most high performance vehicles. Hours: 24, Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Times:6:00pm – 10:00pm

RPV03: High Performance Vehicles: Electrical Systems

With skills in repairing high performance vehicles in hand, you will now delve more deeply into the vehicle’s electrical and electronic systems. Today’s high performance vehicles are comprised of sophisticated components that you need to master in order to successfully troubleshoot and repair them. Sometimes even the smallest electrical glitch can lead to a major problem and is not always easy to find, unless, of course, you are trained to look for it. Learn to read diagrams and practice using testing gear on multiple electronic components. Determine how to analyze the effectiveness of battery systems, and perform assessment of the ignition and fuel injections systems. Discover how to repair electronic components and install new wiring. Upon completing this course, you will have a well-rounded ability to effectively maintain and repair electrical systems in most of today’s high performance vehicles. Hours: 24, Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Times:6:00pm – 10:00pm

RSE01: Repairing and Maintaining Small Engines

With the variety of two- and four-stroke engines at use today, there is a continuing demand for technicians to coordinate repairs and oversee operations. Having the skills to maintain and repair small engines can be helpful both professionally as well as at home. In this hands-on, highly interactive course, learn the basics of internal combustion engines and the safety standards needed to operate them successfully. Discover how engines work and the systems that keep them moving: compression systems; fuel systems; governor systems; electrical systems; and cooling and lubrication systems. Learn about multiple-cylinder engines and develop the skills to troubleshoot performance problems and generate failure analyses. Once you have completed this course, you will have the skills and ability to repair any small engine. 24 Hours, Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Time: 6:00pm– 10:00pm

RET01: Retirement Planning

Planning for one’s retirement is often neglected until the last minute when one should be prepared well in advance for those last days on the job. Retirement planning is not just about getting finances in order; it’s about preparing for the type of life you want for yourself and your family. Are you prepared for the later years once work has come to an end? If not, then this on-line course is for you, designed to help you take steps toward a financially sound retirement. Learn how to select the best financial advisor. Decide how you will distribute funds from your IRA. Develop an understanding of the tax rules affecting your money before and after you retire. Once you complete this course, you will be comfortably in charge of your own retirement destiny. Hours: 32, Tuition: $1,900


  • (F) 8/15 – 9/12/14
  • (F) 9/19/14 – 10/17/14
  • (F) 10/17/14 – 11/14/14

Orientation begins at 8am

DIV01: Professional Diving & Photography – Documenting the Underwater Environment

As an experienced diver, it’s time to turn your attention to putting your diving proficiency to use by integrating photography into your portfolio of underwater skills.  In this course, you will learn how to dive with a purpose:  documenting the underwater environment in pictures.  Our instructor will help you decide upon which underwater camera would be best for you and the plusses and minuses that each offers.  In both the classroom and in open water dives, you will learn photographic principles and the features of the digital camera.  Practice camera set up and maintenance; gain knowledge of photographic composition of underwater shots; learn to use sunlight and artificial lighting underwater; and experiment with wide angle and macro lenses.  Above all, learn how to steady yourself and capture the image below the surface, whether marine life or structures that may be in need of maintenance.  Whatever your specific need, by completing this course you will be able to comfortably photographic the world below the surface of the sea. Tuition: $3,950

Dates: (Tu, Th) 8/26, 8/28, 9/4, 9/9, 9/11, 9/16 , Times: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

DIV02: Advanced Professional Diving

Now that you’ve gotten your feet wet by completing “Essentials of Professional Diving,” it’s time to take your skills to the next level. With your PADI certification in hand, you can register for this advanced level course. Learn Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED), together with the First Aid skills you will need to address rescue diving emergencies. In addition to the classroom training you will receive, and following instruction spent in the pool to build more precise technique, you will spend significant time in open water to further enhance your diving ability. Over a series of days you will participate in ten complete dives. You must present your PADI certification before the class begins, and each student must provide their own masks and fins. The course will be conducted by certified dive instructors. Hours: 50, Tuition: $3,950

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

CRP01: Building Skills in Carpentry

How many times have you looked at new construction and said to yourself, “I wish I could have done that.” Well, now you can! Learn the essential skills of carpentry needed to construct walls, ceilings and floors. Our professional instructor will introduce you to the tools of the trade, both manual tools such as various hammers and saws, to electrical tools including power drills. Gain knowledge about wood frame construction for building walls. In addition, learn to professionally install flooring, doors and windows. Become adept at hanging sheetrock walls and ceilings as well as follow steps for applying joint compound and sanding seams to make them paint-ready. In addition, discover how to estimate the amount of materials needed based on measurements and available budgets. Once you’ve completed this course, you can start a career in carpentry and handle those home improvement projects that you have always dreamed about completing. Hours: 40, Tuition: $2,645

Dates: TBA Time: 6:00pm– 10:00pm

CRP02: Fundamentals of Woodworking

This course prepares students with basic skills in the field of woodworking.  At the completion of the course, participants will be able to use the tools of the trade to create professionally designed and crafted items of furniture and cabinetry.  Our professional instructor will guide students to safely use hand saws, power saws and electric miters to cut, shape and bend wood.  Since not all wood behaves the same way, students will learn about the various kinds of wood and their properties.  In building a class project, students will use fasteners, adhesives and clamps to join cut wood then apply veneer.  In addition, participants will learn about the different types of finishing paints and stains to complete their project. Hours:  40, Tuition:  $2,645

Dates: TBA , Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

CRP03 Advanced Building Skills in Carpentry

With the skills you learned in “Building Skills in Carpentry,” you are now ready for more challenging construction projects. In this course, you will design and build a small structure – a miniature house. Starting with the floor as a footprint, you will frame out walls and build a pitched roof with ceiling beams over the completed structure. In addition, you will construct a front entrance and several windows. Afterward, you will apply siding to the structure, use a brake press to bend aluminum for capping exposed wood, and learn about the value of insulation. Internally, the structure will be framed into small rooms and sheetrock will be applied, finished, and painted. Lastly, you will install three different types of flooring: hardwood, ceramic, and vinyl. After completing this course, you will have the skills to tackle complex carpentry projects both in the home and on the job. Hours: 32, Tuition: $3,150

Dates: (Tu, Th) 8/5, 8/7, 8/12, 8/14, 8/19, 8/21, 8/26, 8/28, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

CRP04: Carpentry Skills: Focus on The Kitchen

As a fledging carpenter, you will want to apply your skills to specific projects in the home and workplace.  This course is designed specifically to hone your skills for carpentry work in the kitchen.  Learn to take accurate measurements and frame out the room based not only on available space, but on projected installation of closets, appliances, cabinets, skylights, plumbing and electrical and heating systems.  Discover methods for using sophisticated tools to guarantee a level environment, install adequate flooring to hold appliances, and plan for suitable entry ways. Hang doors for entrances and closets, install windows and discuss methods for proper ventilation.  Once finished, you are ready to run the electrical wiring and piping to make the room ready for use.  Hours:  32, Tuition: $2,645

Dates: (Tu, Th) 8/12, 8/14, 8/19, 8/21, 8/26, 8/28, 9/2, 9/4, Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

PMB01: Plumbing Fundamentals

In this highly interactive, hands-on course, you will learn to piece together many different types of pipe made from steel, cast iron, plastic and copper.  Learn from a stilled craftsman how to safely use power tools and hand tools.  Discover procedures for working in tight, poorly lit spaces.  Gain understanding of plumbing systems, standards in the industry and plumbing codes.  In this forty-hour course, learn in depth how a home plumbing system works and how a plumbing network is integrated from water input to evacuation through a sewer line.  At the conclusion of the course, you will have the skills necessary to make general plumbing repairs for the kitchen and bath, as well as be able to install simple plumbing systems in the home. Hours:  40, Tuition:  $2,645

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm

PMB02: Plumbing and Tiling Skills: Focus on The Kitchen

It’s time to run the pipe.  If you think of how much you’ve had to spend on plumbing in the past few years, you’ve probably wondered how you could have saved a bundle if you did it yourself.  In this course, you will be able to develop those skills to complete the plumbing in a kitchen at a professional level.  Learn to assess how much material you will need given the size of the room.  Learn to cut pipe, decide appropriate angles, fit pipe and hook up the sink, dishwasher, and water feed line to the refrigerator.   Afterwards, attach sheetrock in preparation to finishing the room, tile the walls around the sink, and tile the floors.  Once the adhesive has hardened, discover the most expeditious ways to apply grout to complete your finished room. Hours: 32, Tuition:  $2,645


Dates: (Tu, Th) 10/7, 10/9, 10/14, 10/16, 10/21, 10/23, 10/28, 10/30, Time: 6:00am – 10:00pm

TEL01: Fundamentals of Telecom Part I, Mon.-Fri. 5pm-9pm

The field of Telecommunications has become more sophisticated than ever before with almost instantaneous changes in technology driving it forward. In this online course, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of this exciting field. Beginning with Telephony, they will gain insight into the Public Switched Telephone Network, analog circuitry, Plain Ordinary Telephone Service (POTS) and Signaling System 7 (SS7). Telecom Equipment will be covered in detail including switches, PBX vs. Centrex, Voice VPNs and the roll of call centers. Lastly, students will learn about the telecommunications industry itself gaining knowledge about telecommunications providers, PSTN Switching Centers Before Competition, Accessing Interexchange Carriers and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECS). Hours: 40, Tuition: $2,645


  • August 4 – August 15, 2014
  • 8/4/2014 - 8/15/2014
  • 9/1/2014 - 9/12/2014
  • 10/6/2014 - 10/17/2014
  • 11/3/2014 - 11/14/2014
  • 12/1/2014  - 12/12/2014
  • 1/5/2015 - 1/16/2015

TEL02: Fundamentals of Telecom Part II, Mon.-Fri. 5pm-9pm

This follow up online course to “Fundamentals of Telecom Part I” take the concepts learned in the first course to the next level. Students will dive deeply into digital communications learning the difference between analog and digital systems, understanding voice digitization and voice reconstruction, digital carrier systems, and digital circuit voice applications, data applications, and video. Participants will then turn their attention to transmission systems and work with time division multiplexing, T1 basics, framing and channels, pulses and repeaters, fibers and cables, and international digital hierarchies. Hours: 40, Tuition: $2,645


  • August 4 – August 15, 2014
  • August 18 – August 29, 2014
  • 8/18/2014 - 8/29/2014
  • 9/15/2014 - 9/26/2014
  • 10/20/2014 - 10/31/2014
  • 11/17/2014 - 11/28/2014
  • 12/15/2014 - 1/04/2014
  • 1/19/2015 - 1/30/2015

TLL01: Tiling Skills

To bring out the beauty in the home, many choose ceramic tiles to adorn walls and floors, typically in bathrooms and kitchens. In this course, you will learn the process, and develop the skills, to lay tile. Discover how to select tile based on the area to be covered. Determine which materials are most appropriate for the job you are to perform. Distinguish between the different types of adhesives and grouts. Working with a skilled craftsman, learn the tricks of the trade to create a level, properly spaced tiled floor and wall. Once tiles are held in place, learn the correct procedures for applying grout and subsequently polishing and finishing the job. After completing this course, you will be able to tile kitchen and bathroom floors and walls at a professional level. Hours: 24, Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Times: 6:00pm – 10:00 pm

HEA01: Home Energy Efficiency Auditor.

This class equips students with the theoretical and practical tools needed to carry out and benefit from their own home energy audit. After surveying general principles of energy, students will progress systematically through all aspects of residential usage and conservation, including insulation, fenestration, HVAC and lighting, as well as health and safety issues. The classroom textbook is comprehensive and lab sessions allow hands on experience with the most important real-world situations. By course conclusion, students should be able to use their new skills to make energy-efficient and conservation-minded improvements on their own.

Dates: TBA

SLR01: Residential Solar Design and Installation.

Course includes hands on labs and classroom workshops and a build of a simulated roof installation connected to a grid.

Course topics and labs include:
Introduction to Photovoltaic systems
Solar design and installation
Principles of Photovoltaics
Fundamentals of Photovoltaics
System Sizing
Solar Programs
Rebates programs (Federal, State, and Township)
Sample Systems
Adapting the Mechanical Design
Roofing and Panel demo
NEC & System Inspection, Maintenance , Monitoring
Safety & Troubleshooting
Workshop-Solar Panel Installation
Workshop-Balance of System Installation
While there will be and overview of battery technologythis course is focused on grid-tied (Green) energy solution. Tuition: $3195.00, 40 hrs

Dates: TBA

GMR01: Fundamentals of Generator Maintenance and Repair

In this hands-on course focusing on generator maintenance and repair, you will develop skills that can be used either personally or professionally on the job. Learn from expert instructors the many aspects of generators from those used in residential environments, to those used commercially and for recreational purposes. In addition, you will learn the terminology associated with generators, electrical circuitry, carburetor functionality, and the principles for operating equipment safely. Hours: 24   Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Time:  6:00pm – 10:00pm

TGM01: Introduction to Turfgrass Maintenance

Successful recreational establishments rely upon a professionally maintained landscape to attract sports enthusiasts and other customers. These landscapes are most clearly recognized by their beautifully manicured turfgrass surfaces. Maintaining turfgrass, whether it be in a city park, soccer field, or university sports facility, has become a critical component to creating an appealing landscape. Turfgrass must be properly maintained, groomed and irrigated to accommodate sporting events and related activities. In this course, students will learn the proper care and feeding of the turfgrass surface. They will learn proper maintenance practices such as mowing, fertilizing, watering and pest control. In addition, budgetary issues will be reviewed in the context of maintenance requirements and corrective actions required following damage to the surface from poor use or natural causes. After completing this class, students will be able to properly assess effective turfgrass surfaces and perform the necessary tasks to professionally maintain them.
Hours: 24, Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

TGM02: Advanced Turfgrass Maintenance

With fundamental turfgrass maintenance skills in place, students may now turn their attention to advanced topics. Focus will be on administrative and managerial issues including designing shelters, security fences, lightning protection, and parking lots. In addition, students will dig deeper into the factors that can affect turfgrass surface health and maintenance including the impact presented by small animals, insects, algae and moss, weeds, nutrient deficiencies and environmental stresses. Equipment operation and repair will be reviewed as will the proper maintenance of irrigation systems including maintaining the water source, water quality, and irrigation system design. Taken with the introductory level course, this advanced course will provide a thorough understanding of the principles of turfgrass management.
Hours: 24, Tuition: $2,625

Dates: TBA, Time: 1:30pm – 5:30pm

TGM03: Professional Turfgrass Design

With an understanding of the effects of nature on turfgrass and a working knowledge of maintaining turfgrass surfaces, it’s time to consider designing and planning a recreational facility. In this course, students will learn to select diverse types of turfgrass for different facilities and the plusses and minuses of each variety. Students will study irrigation system installation in depth, create architectural plans, discover how to set up on-site nurseries, and study the principles for mowing to achieve a desired look for a desired purpose. Students will also look into the impact that surrounding areas have on recreational facilities including the presence of trees and bodies of water. Taken in conjunction with the Introductory and Advanced courses in Turfgrass Maintenance, this course will prepare you for a career in managing the surface areas of recreational facilities. Tuition: $2,625, Hours: 24

Dates: (Su, W) 9/3, 9/7, 9/10, 9/14, 9/17, 9/21, 9/24


Sunday Times: 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Wednesday Times: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

WPR01. Advanced Practices Toward Worker Productivity

You are in command of your own health, well-being and ultimately, your job performance. Now that you have experienced some basic methods to increase your flexibility, stamina and energy level, it’s time to take these procedures to the next level. Through a series of processes, you will learn how to balance your mood, calm and quiet your mind, increase your happiness, and genuinely improve your focus to be more productive in the workplace. Learn to avoid distractions and be able to determine those issues that you can control, those that you cannot, and the means by which to adjust your attitude accordingly. Once you have completed this course, you will be a stronger person and a more content, dynamic worker. Hours: 15, Tuition: $1300

Dates: TBA, Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

PMB03: Plumbing Skills

This course will introduce you to the craft of plumbing, one of the most highly in-demand and profitable trades around.  You will begin by studying plumbing systems and the importance associated with following building codes and industry standards.  The use of power tools and hand tools will be reviewed in detail prior to use with class projects.    The function and properties of each type of pipe, and methods for joining them, will be covered in detail:  cast iron; steel; copper; and plastic.  You will learn to join each type of pipe with the appropriate fittings and for specific purposes within the home or place of business.  A skilled plumber will provide expert instruction and projects will be designed to mirror kitchen, bathroom and basement installations.  After completing this course you will have the basic skills to troubleshoot, repair, maintain and install pipe and fixtures.
Hours: 32, Tuition:  $3,150


Dates: TBA, Time: 6:00pm – 10:00pm


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