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, 2/9 - 4/1 ZILC-111 600 15 seats left $115
Online, 3/16 - 5/6 ZILC-111 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/13 - 6/3 ZILC-111 602 15 seats left $115

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.

Please review vaccination and mask protocols for on-campus classes.

Course will be held in Administration Building, Room 106

Shannon Johnson, Instructor

American Sign Language
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Tuesdays, 2/22 - 5/10
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-067 600 0 seats left $79Section Full

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Beginner's Guide to Getting Published

If your goal is to become a published freelance writer by selling a magazine article, short story, poem, or even a novel to a traditional publisher, this comprehensive workshop will guide you to, then past the editor’s desk.

You will discover how to:

• become a published writer quickly

• submit manuscripts the correct way

• find the right publisher for your work

• write irresistible query letters

• determine when and how to get an agent

• 100 ways to make money as a freelance writer

If you really want to succeed, this step-by-step workshop is a must.

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 Getting Published
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Saturday, 3/5
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
ZCOM-031 600 17 seats left $45

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 by linking 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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Saturday, 3/5
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ZCOM-086 600 20 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. 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.

Beginning Conversational French
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Online, 2/9 - 4/1 ZILC-062 600 14 seats left $115
Online, 3/16 - 5/6 ZILC-062 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/13 - 6/3 ZILC-062 602 15 seats left $115

Break into Print with Nonfiction Articles

Have you dreamed of writing for “The Atlantic Monthly,” “Woman’s Day” or other national magazines? Have you wondered how writers get their work accepted by these prestigious publications? Wonder no longer. Learn the step-by-step process of researching, writing and selling nonfiction in today’s red-hot magazine market. Discover how you can translate one idea into dozens of articles (and collect multiple paychecks), get editors to call you when they need a feature, and experience the thrill of seeing your magazine article in print. Course includes a $15 materials fee.

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Pauline Bartel, Instructor

Break into Print with Nonfiction Articles
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Saturday, 3/5
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ZCOM-026 600 15 seats left $65

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. 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.

Conversational Japanese
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Online, 2/9 - 4/1 ZILC-060 600 15 seats left $115
Online, 3/16 - 5/6 ZILC-060 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/13 - 6/3 ZILC-060 602 15 seats left $115

Digging for Meaning in Motherhood

Motherhood, one of life’s greatest teachers, is a wellspring of personal growth, but sometimes we must dig to unearth her lessons. After our children have grown, we may develop a fresh perspective on the joy and heartache of the previous years. Using writing prompts, timed writing exercises, and excerpts from contemporary works of creative nonfiction, participants will mine their memories for their own truths of motherhood. Geared toward empty-nested mothers, but anyone who has mothered a child is welcome. No writing experience necessary. Facilitated by a memoirist and mother of 35 years. This class is limited to 10 students.

Please review vaccination and mask protocols for on-campus classes.

Course will be held in Williams Hall, Room 113

Karen DeBonis, Instructor 

Digging for Meaning in Motherhood
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Wednesday, 3/23
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ZCOM-056 600 10 seats left $15

English as a Second Language

There are 4 sections of ESL offered: Level I Reading and Conversation for ESL, Level II Reading and Conversation for ESL Level II, Grammar and Writing for ESL Level I and Grammar and Writing for ESL Level II.  New students should register for the ESL Placement test below.  There is no cost for testing. Students will be emailed a placement test to take online. Upon completion of the placement test, students will be placed in Level I or Level II. Full payment and a valid Certificate of Residence are required prior to the start of the first class. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course. The cost of the course is $25.  Scholarships are available. Textbooks may be required for your 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.

27 Sessions, Hybrid Course

Tues. & Thurs. 2/15 - 5/26, 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.

No class 3/14, 3/16 & 4/19

Classes will meet on campus 2/24, 3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/28 ,5/12 & 5/24

Irene Cruz, 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. 

27 Sessions, Remote Course

Tues. & Thurs. 2/15 - 5/26, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

No class 3/14, 3/16 & 4/19

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.

27 Sessions, Remote Course

Tues. & Thurs. 2/15 - 5/26, 10 a.m. - Noon

No class 3/14, 3/16 & 4/19

Nathan Bogardus, 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.

27 Sessions, Remote Course

Tues. & Thurs. 2/15 - 5/26, 3 - 5 p.m.

No class 3/14, 3/16 & 4/19

Shauna Anderson, Instructor

English as a Second Language
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ZESL-017 600 30 seats left $0

Explore 50 Different Self Publishing Options

Self-publishing is all the rage, but is it the best option for you? (participants must attend “Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published”) And, can you do both? You will discover the pros and cons of all the self-publishing options, including print-on-demand and e-book publishing, as well as Amazon options. You will leave with a rated description of 50 self publishing companies.

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

Explore 50 Different Self Publishing Options
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Saturday, 3/5
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
ZCOM-085 600 19 seats left $25

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.

March 3rd class is taught remotely via Zoom. You will need your Hudson Valley username and password to access the course.   Computer Account Information

May 16th class will be held on-campus. 

Please review vaccination and mask protocols for on-campus classes.

Course will be held in Administration Building, Room 106

Creative Voice Development, Instructor 

Getting Paid to Talk
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Thursday, 3/3
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
ZCOM-010 600 14 seats left $19
Monday, 5/16
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
ZCOM-010 601 14 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. 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.

Instant Italian
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Online, 2/9 - 4/1 ZILC-061 600 11 seats left $115
Online, 3/16 - 5/6 ZILC-061 601 14 seats left $115
Online, 4/13 - 6/3 ZILC-061 602 14 seats left $0

Introduction to Screenwriting for Television or Movies

In this comprehensive session, you will learn about special screenwriting terms and formats for television and the big screen. You will also learn how to plot a story, develop characters, and execute your work in the proper screenwriting format. You will discover the difference between a treatment, a spec script and a shooting script, and when to do each. And, you’ll get an inside look into the business of selling your script to agents and producers. Course includes a $5 materials fee.

The 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

Introduction to Screenwriting for Television or Movies
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Saturday, 2/26
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
ZCOM-041 600 16 seats left $25

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. 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.

Spanish for Law Enforcement
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Online, 2/9 - 4/1 ZILC-070 600 14 seats left $115
Online, 3/16 - 5/6 ZILC-070 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/13 - 6/3 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! 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.

Speed Spanish
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Online, 2/9 - 4/1 ZILC-063 600 9 seats left $115
Online, 3/16 - 5/6 ZILC-063 601 15 seats left $115
Online, 4/13 - 6/3 ZILC-063 602 15 seats left $115

Using Amazon's Kindle Direct to Self-Publish Your Book

Whether you’re looking to publish a paperback novel or short ebook now or in the future, this detailed tutorial will teach you step by step how to create an Amazon KDP account, format your manuscript and upload it to the platform, easily create a book cover from available templates, determine pricing and royalties, develop a sales pitch for your Amazon page, and write an Amazon author bio.

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

Using Amazon's Kindle Direct to Self-Publish Your Book
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Saturday, 3/5
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ZCOM-087 600 13 seats left $25

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 per 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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Saturday, 3/5
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
ZCOM-084 600 19 seats left $25

Writing from the Heart

The happy, memorable and heartbreaking happenings of your life can be transformed into extraordinary personal essays. Learn the step-by-step process for jumpstarting your creativity to unlock and capture the details of your experiences, structure your essay, create a first draft and revise your manuscript to a polished essay. Course includes a $15 materials fee.

The 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

Writing from the Heart
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Saturday, 4/30
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
ZCOM-020 600 12 seats left $65

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