HCC Non-Credit Courses: What You Want… When You Want It…Where You Want It…

BRIDGEPORT – Housatonic Community College’s Continuing Education department next semester is offering courses that give you what you want, when you want, where you want it.

In addition to its mix of traditional classroom courses, the department is offering online courses covering how to start your own business, Introduction to Dreamweaver, Introduction to Flash, and Web Design I. The courses can be “taken” anywhere there is a functioning computer and an Internet connection.

 “Continuing Education courses offer students an alternative to the credit-course, degree/certificate model,” said Debbie Kuchmas, director of workforce and non-credit programs. “These courses are designed for people who need to strengthen their background as soon as possible to qualify for a promotion or a job change.”

 These courses give students a level of flexibility missing from classroom courses, she said. “With online courses, students have the opportunity to access the course at any time from anywhere they can access the Internet and not have to travel to the college’s main campus in Bridgeport or satellite locations,” she said.

The online courses are just  four of some 60 course s being offered next semester in areas such as accounting/business, computers, education, food and beverage, journalism and writing, languages, medical, real estate, recreation and sports and fitness. Course tuition  typically ranges from $99 to $699, excluding texts and materials.

Students taking CE do not have to wait for the start of a new semester, she said. These courses have rolling start dates throughout the year.

The courses being offered include:

  • How To Start Your Own Business. This course will cover writing a business plan, where to go for financial assistance, setting up a business federal tax ID, managing a business, and marketing a product or service.  The 10-week course, taught by Laurel Quinones, is being offered Monday, Feb. 22, through Friday, April 30. The fee is $129.
  • Introduction to Dreamweaver. In this class, students will receive a comprehensive introduction to using Dreamweaver CS3 to create websites. The course will cover how web pages work, how to create and manage websites, how to add graphics and links to pages, and how to create rollover images. A software application for Dreamweaver CS3 is required (CE will provide a list of vendors where software can be purchased). The ten-week course, taught by Jose Labrador, is being offered Monday, March 1, through Friday, May 7.  The fee is $199.
  • Introduction to Flash. This introductory course will cover creating web pages or web page components that contain text, graphics, and animation. Student must have a valid e-mail address.  The software application for Flash CS3 is required (CE will provide a list of vendors where software can be purchased). A textbook is required at an additional cost.  The ten-week course, taught by Laurel Quinones, runs Monday, March 1, through Friday, May 7.  The fee is $199.
  • Web Design I. This course introduces activities related to website development, including the identification of information objects; the creation of flow diagrams; the use of templates, layouts, multimedia, and hyperlinks; navigational efficiency; text creation; and the appropriate use of maps, and menus. The ten-week course is being offered Monday, March 1, through Friday, May 7.  The fee is $199.

    For more information about the courses, contact Continuing Education at 203-332-5057.