Spring 2023 Non-Credit Courses

Courses Starting in January through May

Three times a year – spring, summer and fall – MCC’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development department offers a variety of professional development and personal enrichment non-credit courses. The courses may be offered on-line or on campus and are designed to meet the varying educational needs of the community.

Below please find the list of current offerings. Specifications such as prerequisites and equipment needs are contained in each course description.

Some non-credit courses qualify for veterans’ benefits and/or SNAP funding. For more information about veterans’ benefits, contact Veterans Services at 860.512.3375. For more information about SNAP funding, visit the SNAP web page.

To Register: Submit an online Non-Credit Registration Form. Once registered, students will be emailed a confirmation with payment instructions. Students may pay online, by mailing a check/money order, or by calling our Bursar’s Office to pay with a credit card.

Allied Health

Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) Hybrid

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Pharmacy Technician Certification & Internship (Online)

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Phlebotomy Technician (On Campus) SNAP Eligible

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Introduction to Medical Cannabis (Online)

This online course provides introductory knowledge about cannabis, as well as detailed information about how medical cannabis is practiced in Connecticut. This class will explore approved medical conditions and how cannabis can be used to treat them. A variety of topics, including state laws on medical marijuana, the chemical composition of cannabis, how it plays a role in human physiology, and pharmacology will be covered. Topics include the history of cannabis use and its prohibition in the US from legal and cultural perspectives; the state of the cannabis industry in the US from legal, regulatory and policy perspectives; the endocannabinoid system: how and why cannabis works; the pharmacology of cannabis; all about terpenes; potential therapeutic effects; the adverse effects of cannabis; dosage forms of medical cannabis; understanding dosing and absorption; the drug interacts and consumer safety; and substance use disorders and intoxication. Students completing this training will receive a certificate of completion that will include CEUs for professional development. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.
CRN 10898 | Fee: $159
1 Wednesday | 3/29 (registration deadline 3/22)
4-8 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Thomas Crouse, PharmD

Dementia Care Certificate (Online)

This online course will focus on methods practiced across the senior-care industry to care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Training will cover a wide variety of techniques taught by professionals like Teepa Snow, Dr. Cameron Cam and LiveWell (formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Resource Center of Connecticut). Education provided in this course will cover how to recognize when someone has a cognitive impairment, how to approach individuals living with cognitive impairment, and strategies to encourage and promote continued independence in the community. Students completing this training will receive a Dementia with Friends certificate (https://dementiafriendsusa.org/),which will include CEUs for professional development. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.
CRN 10897 | Fee: $109
2 sessions | Wednesday and Thursday
3/8-3/9 (registration deadline 3/1) | 5-7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Taylor Lajeunesse, CDP, CMDCP

Boating

Connecticut Basic Boating

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Motorcycle Safety Education Program (ConRep)

The Basic Rider Course (BRC) is designed to help individuals with little or no riding experience, as well as those with some riding experience, to achieve a better understanding of what is involved in operating a motorcycle. The BRC begins with the development of the fundamental riding skills of turning, shifting and braking, and expands these basic skills into more advanced street-riding techniques.

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Body, Mind and Spirit

First Degree Reiki Training (On Campus)

Awaken your dormant healing abilities in this day-long course. Learn a thorough history of Reiki from its ancient origins to its adaptation to the modern office, hospital and daily life. Participants will learn about the chakra system, Reiki principles, hand positions for healing, and attunement to awaken one’s ability to heal. Participants will also discuss the benefits of Reiki for both the client and practitioner. This course includes two Reiki sessions: one as a recipient and one as a Reiki practitioner. Please bring a blanket, pillow and your lunch to class.
CRN 10972 | Fee: $175
1 Saturday | 3/18
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | LRC Room B144
Instructor: Dory Dzinski, MA

Second Degree Reiki Training (On Campus)

Building on First Degree Reiki Training (or if you’ve taken Reiki with a different instructor), this course introduces the first three ancient, sacred Reiki symbols that are used to discover the root of one’s problems, as well as to heal through distance and assist in the gentle release of emotions. Participants will also learn to create a sacred space, use meditation to connect to one’s guides, and learn how to construct and use a crystal grid. At the end of the course, students will incorporate the Reiki symbols to give and receive a full Reiki session and to send a distance healing as a second degree Reiki practitioner. Please bring a blanket, pillow and lunch to class.
CRN 10973 | Fee: $199
1 Saturday | 4/22
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | LRC Room B144
Instructor: Dory Dzinski, MA

Reiki III: Master (On Campus)

Building on First Degree Reiki Training and Second Degree Reiki Training (or if you have taken these levels with another instructor), this course teaches Reiki practitioners about three additional sacred Reiki symbols to access healing on a spiritual level. Participants will use and receive advanced psychic healing during this hands-on session. Please bring a blanket, pillow and lunch to class.
CRN 10974 | Fee: $225
1 Saturday | 5/13
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | LRC Room B144
Instructor: Dory Dzinski, MA

Computer Technology

A+ Certification 220-1101 and 220-1102 Exam Preparation (Online)

CompTIA A+ certifications are internationally recognized, vendor-neutral certifications that validate the latest skills needed by today’s computer support professionals. This course will prepare you for the following certification exams: A+ 220-1101 which prepares you to be an entry-level IT professional. This designation covers the installation, configuration and maintenance of personal computers, laptops, and printers; as well as the principles of physical and TCP/IP networks. A+ 220-1102 covers the installation and configuration of operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux. This course addresses security, cloud computing fundamentals, operational procedures and the basics of networking and security/forensics. Emphasis will be placed on properly and safely diagnosing, resolving common hardware and software issues with correct documentation. The course also covers the basics of virtualization, desktop imaging and deployment while following professional operational procedures to troubleshoot and assemble components based on customer requirements. Prerequisite: Knowledge of hardware and operating systems recommended. Curriculum is included in course fee, and includes the electronic texts, hands-on labs and practice exam. The A+ 220-1101 or A+ 220-1102 exams are included in the cost of the course. Students must pass both the 220-1101 and 220-1102 exams to be certified. The course instructor will inform students about the exam application process. A+ test centers are found at www.prometric.com. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.

CRN 11023 | Fee: $2,500
24 sessions | Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
3/13-5/8 (registration deadline 3/1) | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: Peter Rinsland, MSc IT

Project Introduction (On Campus)

Learn the major features of Microsoft Project, the world’s most popular project management tool. Students will learn how to develop project plans and define tasks and resources. Students will detail, track and report the progress of projects. Skills learned in the course include creating task lists, durations, phases; linking tasks, documenting tasks and project plans; setting up resources, capacity, cost pay rates and documenting; assigning resources to tasks, scheduling and applying cost resources to tasks; sharing your plan, Gantt charts, timeline views and reporting; tracking progress on tasks, project baselines, task completion percentage; and troubleshooting time, schedule, cost, resource and scope of work problems. Recommended related course is Project Management: All the Essentials. Coursework will cover skills found in Project versions 2016, 2019 and 365. Students must use their NetID login credentials in order to use classroom computers (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id). Prerequisite: Basic Windows, keyboard and mouse skills, with some exposure to Microsoft Office helpful.
CRN 10951 | Fee: $299
2 sessions | Wednesday and Friday
5/31-6/2 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | LRC Room B142
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Adobe Photoshop CC: Introduction (On Campus)

Learn how to use the most powerful image-editing software available, Adobe Photoshop. Improve your photographs using Photoshop’s non-destructive color adjustments and retouching capabilities inside Photoshop and Camera Raw. Topics include layers, selections and using color and transparency in blend modes; adjusting images to improve quality/suitability for intended publication; advanced image editing; and design, web and print skills with compositing, color management and type controls. Through demonstration and hands-on exercises, you will create exciting and amazing images using some of this program’s limitless capabilities. Students must use their NetID login credentials in order to use classroom computers (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id).
CRN 10953 | Fee: $299
4 Thursdays | 4/6-4/27
1-4 p.m. | LRC Room B142 – THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Instructor: Kathleen Smits, MA

Adobe Acrobat DC: PDF Files, Formats and Forms (Online)

Explore the Acrobat DC interface and learn the many ways to customize it to suit your needs. Create Adobe PDF files from Word, Excel, emails or web pages while maintaining formatting and fonts. Use a variety of tools to edit, combine pages, place graphics, import and export content, and assign security. Create electronic forms for easy, secure distribution, collaboration and data collection. Create interactive text fields, check boxes, drop-down menus and more. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: Basic Windows, keyboard and mouse skills; word processing experience recommended.
CRN 10943 | Fee: $299
4 sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays
4/24-5/3 | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

QuickBooks: Introduction (Online)

Discover the most effective methods for accomplishing essential business tasks and customizing QuickBooks. We will explore best practices for tracking finances, managing payroll, processing invoices, controlling inventory, managing sales and expenses, and maximizing the software’s other features. Topics include getting started; how to properly set up your accounts, customers, jobs, and invoice items quickly; following the money; how to track everything from billable time and expenses to income and profit; keeping your company financially fit with methods to examine budgets and actual spending, income, inventory, assets, and liabilities; spending less time on bookkeeping and learning how to use QuickBooks to create and reuse bills, invoices, sales receipts, and timesheets; finding key info fast using QuickBooks’ search and find functions, as well as the vendor, customer, inventory and employee centers; and moving data between QuickBooks, and other programs. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisites: Basic Windows, keyboard and mouse skills.
CRN 10925 | Fee: $299
4 sessions | Wednesdays and Fridays
3/22-3/31 | 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Cindy Averill, BS

Accounting I: A Practical Focus to Financial Accounting (Online)

In this hands-on course, you will be introduced to the accounting cycle of a service company, emphasizing basic accounting concepts focusing on the recording of transactions and the preparation of financial statements. Topics include the steps of the accounting cycle; transaction analysis; journal entries; statement creation; specific accounting concepts relating to current assets, long-term assets, and current liabilities; and payroll. Students will build a company’s accounting system and download and manipulate their data into an Excel spreadsheet. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.
CRN 10926 | Fee: $599
10 sessions | Wednesdays and Fridays
4/12-5/12 | 6-9 p.m. – THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Instructor: Cindy Averill, BS

Excel Introduction (Online)

This course is designed for people new to spreadsheets and for self-taught users who wish to expand their knowledge. Using the new version of this renowned spreadsheet software, students will learn to recognize the main areas of the Excel worksheet and workbook; enter, edit and delete data; create basic formulas and functions, including SUM, AVERAGE, MAX and MIN; enhance the presentation of workbook data; create, display and manipulate simple charts; work with multiple worksheets; freeze titles and add comments. Coursework will cover skills found in Excel versions 2016, 2019 and 365. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. Students who do not have the software installed on their training computer: go to http://supportcenter.ct.edu/service/Office365.asp to gain access to Office 365. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.
Two sections to choose from:
CRN 10923 | Fee: $110
2 Wednesdays | 3/1-3/8 | 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Violette
CRN 10935 | Fee: $110
2 Thursdays | 4/6-4/13 | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Excel Intermediate (Online)

This course builds on the basic concepts and skills of Excel Introduction to provide more advanced tools for analysis and presentation of complex, realistic data in Microsoft Excel: how to manage complex workbooks, build more complex functions, use data analysis tools, make an impact with powerful chart and presentation features, and collaborate with other users. Topics include managing workbooks, named ranges, tables, summarizing data, pivot tables, presentation features, advanced charts and collaboration. Coursework will cover skills found in Excel versions 2016, 2019 and 365. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. Students who do not have the software installed on their training computer, go to http://supportcenter.ct.edu/service/Office365.asp to gain access to Office 365. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: Excel Introduction, or permission of instructor or computer coordinator.
Two sections to choose from:
CRN 10924 | Fee: $110
2 Wednesdays | 3/15-3/22 | 6-9 p.m.
Instructor: Kristin Violette
CRN 10937 | Fee: $110
2 Thursdays | 4/20-4/27
1-4 p.m. | Online
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Excel Advanced (Online)

Excel Advanced builds on the concepts and skills of Excel Introduction and Excel Intermediate courses to provide advanced tools for solving real-world problems in Microsoft Excel: lookup and decision-making functions, auditing and error-handling, array functions, date and text functions, importing and exporting, what-if-analysis and macros. Topics include logical and lookup functions, advanced formulas, auditing, arrays, importing and exporting, power pivot, analysis, macros and forms. Students should have Excel 2016, Excel 365 or Excel 2019 installed on the computer that they will be using for the training; there are many of the same features in these versions. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: Excel Intermediate, or permission of the instructor or computer coordinator.
CRN 10939 | Fee: $110
2 Thursdays | 5/4-5/11 | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Excel Data and Functions (Online)

This comprehensive course on data handling will ensure that you are tapping the full power of Excel. Students will learn how to use a pivot table to analyze numerical data in detail and query in many user-friendly ways; subtotal and aggregate numeric data, summarize data by categories and subcategories, and create custom calculations and formulas; expand and collapse levels of data to focus results; and filter, sort, group and conditionally format the most useful and interesting subset of data enabling you to focus on just the information you want. Learn how to present concise, attractive and annotated online or printed reports. Students will expand on the information gained and concentrate on an in-depth exploration of pivot table manipulation to deliver useful data and effective slicer crafting to allow rapid underlying data filtration and report creation for designers and end users. Coursework will cover skills found in Excel versions 2016, 2019 and 365. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. Students who do not have the software installed on their training computer: go to http://supportcenter.ct.edu/service/Office365.asp to gain access to Office 365. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: Excel Introduction or equivalent knowledge. Knowledge should include writing simple formulas and functions, understanding charts, basic data sorting and filtering.
CRN 10945 | Fee: $299
4 sessions | Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
5/5-5/12 (starts on a Friday) | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Excel Pivot Tables (Online)

Students will learn how to use a pivot table to analyze numerical data in detail, and query in many user-friendly ways; subtotal and aggregate numeric data, summarize data by categories and subcategories, and create custom calculations and formulas; expand and collapse levels of data to focus results; filter, sort, group, and conditionally format the most useful and interesting subset of data enabling you to focus on just the information you want. Learn how to present concise, attractive and annotated online or printed reports. Students will explore preparing tables, reports, slicers, timelines and other dynamic elements for use as effective visual communications tools. Students will cover advanced topics like slicers, calculated fields, creating multiple pivot tables from one, nested formulas, subtotaling and result visibility, underlying pivot table data, report views, advanced charting and queries. Coursework will cover skills found in Excel versions 2016, 2019 and 365. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. Students who do not have the software installed on their training computer, go to http://supportcenter.ct.edu/service/Office365.asp to gain access to Office 365. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisites: Excel Introduction or equivalent knowledge. Knowledge should include writing simple formulas and functions, understanding charts, basic data sorting and filtering.
CRN 10947 | Fee: $275
3 sessions | Monday, Wednesday and Friday
5/15-5/19 | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Excel Dashboards (Online)

Excel dashboards provide an organized way to view and report large amounts of changing data in real time. This course covers the mechanics of constructing dashboards and further explores the components learned in Excel Data and Functions course. Students will learn the mechanics of constructing dashboards and how to import and manipulate data, employ functions, insert charts, fabricate pivot tables and create interactive filters. Nested functions for formulas, pivot charts, pivot tables, recording macros and interactive filters are covered and the course explores some aesthetic dashboard design elements, such as identifying important information and determining appropriate visual presentation formats for optimal communication. Dashboard visual element configuration, screen visual element protection, and publishing dynamically linked Excel dashboards to other applications like PowerPoint will be explored. Additional topics include visual element control, timelines, labels, dashboard security, dynamic data source linking, and publishing dashboards or other Excel elements. Coursework will cover skills found in Excel versions 2016, 2019 and 365. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. Students who do not have the software installed on their training computer, go to http://supportcenter.ct.edu/service/Office365.asp to gain access to Office 365. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisites: Excel Data and Functions course, Excel Pivot Tables course or equivalent knowledge. Students must also have prior knowledge of functions, formulas, sorting and filtering, pivot tables, pivot charts and slicers.
CRN 10949 | Fee: $275
3 sessions | Monday, Wednesday and Friday
5/22-5/26 | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Microsoft Forms Introduction (Online)

Do you have a need to create a survey, course evaluation form or quiz? If so, Microsoft Forms provides an easy way to create, share and review simple forms of those types. This class will introduce you to Microsoft Forms, and together we will create a form that shows all of the types of input controls available, another that will show you how to use branching to show certain inputs based on choices the user makes and, finally, a form that allows you to quiz your audience. We will also discuss how to control access to your form, how to review the inputs from your users, and how to export the input from your users to Excel for further analysis. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: Familiarity with Excel recommended.
CRN 10941 | Fee: $75
1 Thursday | 5/18 | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Access Introduction (Online)

Learn the new features of Access and enjoy how much faster you can build databases in this program. Start with learning how to create tables, along with the laws of field definitions, create a simple data entry form, filter records with queries and print the data to a report. Coursework will cover skills found in Access versions 2016, 365 and 2019. Students should have Access software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. Students who do not have the software installed on their training computer, go to http://supportcenter.ct.edu/service/Office365.asp to gain access to Office 365. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: Basic Windows, keyboard and mouse skills.
CRN 10930 | Fee: $110
2 Thursdays | 3/9-3/16 | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Access Intermediate (Online)

Using application objects, create a multi-table database containing a relationship and learn the significance of relationships in databases. Create select queries, data entry forms, navigation forms, sub-forms and discover how form layout is similar to report layout. Use built-in tools to find and replace data, import data and more. Understand the use of templates. Coursework will cover skills found in Access versions 2016, 2019 and 365. Students should have Access software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. Students who do not have the software installed on their training computer, go to http://supportcenter.ct.edu/service/Office365.asp to gain access to Office 365. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: Access Introduction, or permission of instructor or computer coordinator.
CRN 10932 | Fee: $110
2 sessions | Tuesday and Thursday
3/28-3/30 | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Python Introduction (Online)

Python is a general-purpose, high-level programming language whose design combines remarkable power with very clear syntax. Its standard library is large and comprehensive. Python allows you to create complex applications easier than most programming languages. Students will learn the following concepts and programming tools including data types, control statements, functions, lists and tuples, dictionaries and sets, and file operations. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisites: basic knowledge of Windows, and keyboard/mouse skills. Basic programming knowledge and experience is recommended.
CRN 10918 | Fee: $599
6 sessions | Tuesdays and Thursdays
5/30-6/15 | 1-4 p.m. | Online
Instructor: George Pillar, MS

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL* 163: ESL Structure I – Non-Credit (Hybrid)

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ESL* 149: ESL Pronunciation Workshop – Non-Credit (On Campus)

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Music

Female Singer/Songwriters: 1970-2023 (On Campus)

In this course, we will analyze a number of amazing female songwriters that have sung and performed in the last 50 years. We will be listening to and analyzing performers that you may know (Carole King, Tracy Chapman and Tori Amos) with many others that may be new to you.  We will study both their music and what their lyrics say about the role of women in society and society in general. Both musical folks and non-musical folks are invited to attend. This five-session class will start off with three sessions of classroom presentation and end with the viewing and discussion of two films, to be announced.
CRN 10899 | Fee: $65
5 Tuesdays | 3/28-4/25  – NEW DATES: 4/4-5/2
7-9:30 p.m. | VIL 5 Room V151
Instructor: Stephen Armstrong, MA

Photography

Using Your Digital SLR (On Campus)

This class will focus on the specifics of using a digital SLR and will answer many of the questions on how to get the most out of your camera. Topics will include choosing the proper file format and resolution, compression, lenses, white balance, color space, exposure compensation, saturation and contrast controls. Classroom presentations and hands-on experience will help you to learn about your camera and the use of the RAW file format. Students will learn how to use Adobe Photoshop to download images and process RAW files, as well as essential tools for processing digital photographs. Students should bring their own digital SLR camera to class. Students must use their NetID login credentials in order to use classroom computers (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id).
CRN 10975 | Fee: $110
2 Saturdays | 3/25-4/1 | 9 a.m.-noon
AST Room D211
Instructor: Richard Hoyer, MA, MFA

Advanced Digital SLR (On Campus)

Advanced photographic topics relating to digital SLRs will include improving images with Adobe Photoshop CC, as demonstrated by the instructor; focusing on exposure and image quality-control in a variety of challenging lighting situations, including creative use of on-and off-camera flash units; color correction; masking techniques; nondestructive editing; and learning through instructor demonstration how to use Photoshop to explore the digital imaging workflow. Some elements of Adobe Camera RAW will also be covered. Students should have their digital SLR camera handy. Students must use their NetID login credentials in order to use classroom computers (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id).
CRN 10976 | Fee: $55
1 Saturday | 4/15 | 9 a.m.-noon
AST Room D211
Instructor: Richard Hoyer, MA, MFA

MCC Photo Walk (On Campus)

Take a photo walk with your camera around the MCC campus, inside and outside, while you learn about camera controls and work hands on with aperture, shutter speed, exposure settings, and more. Learn to eliminate distractions, use line and texture, and employ the rules of thirds to create dynamic photographic compositions. There will be opportunities to ask technical and creative questions and learn the skills and techniques you need to improve your photography. Open to all levels of experience. Please bring a camera to class. Students must use their NetID login credentials in order to use photo-editing software in the classroom (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id).
CRN 10977 | Fee: $110
2 Saturdays | 4/29-5/6 | 9 a.m.-noon – THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
AST Room D211
Instructor: Richard Hoyer, MA, MFA

Real Estate and Interior Design

Real Estate Principles and Practices (Online)

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Interior Design Basics: Updating your Home’s Color Palette (On Campus)

Are you looking for an easy, cost-efficient way to update the interior spaces in your home? If so, color is a great option. By refreshing the color palette in your home, not only will this enhance or update your interior look, but specific color choices will also allow your space(s) to reflect a particular emotion, feeling or style. We will review some of the ways in which color can be used effectively in your home and discuss some of your desired goals by sharing pictures of potential project spaces.
CRN 10885 | Fee: $30
1 Saturday | 3/25
10-11:30 a.m. | LRC Room B144 – THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Instructor: Jill Betts, MBA

Interior Design Basics: Accent Your Home (On Campus)

Style is in the details. Explore ways to create a visually appealing space that is both a retreat and a reflection of who you are with virtually any budget. Spaces to be discussed include gathering/relaxation spaces (i.e. family room, living room, bedroom, basement, dining room). Participants should come prepared to talk about a space they have in mind and email a picture of that space to the instructor at least one week prior to class start: JBetts@mcc.commnet.edu
CRN 10886 | Fee: $30
1 Thursday | 5/18 (registration deadline 5/11)
6:30-8 p.m. | LRC Room B144 – THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Instructor: Jill Betts, MBA

Skills for the Workplace

Introduction to Grant Writing (Online)

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Beginning Grant Writing Workshop (Online)

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Financial Literacy: Knowledge that Pays for Itself (On Campus)

How do you feel about your financial future? Better yet, are you comfortable making financial decisions that may impact your future? There are a lot of individual choices and scenarios to consider when making decisions about your financial goals or your retirement. Understanding loans, investments and interest rates is essential to success as well as goal setting. We will cover the question “How can I make better decisions with my money?” Whether you’re just starting your career or nearing retirement in the next few months, this course can help you prepare. We will cover how to make smarter investment decisions as well as smarter expense decisions; these skills apply in everyday life. This course will help you make better spending choices, develop a financial plan, understand where many others make mistakes, and get more comfortable with the many investment options you have with your savings. Specific topics to be covered include understanding stocks, bonds, interest rates and credit cards, and reflecting on your own self-control as it concerns your individual spending habits. We also dive into how to pick a mutual fund, personal taxes and their impact on decisions, personal insurance products, and more.
CRN 10963 | Fee: $295
3 Tuesdays | 5/2-5/16
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | LRC Room B144
Instructor: Paul Howard, MBA

Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination: What it is, How it Works, and How to Apply It! (On Campus)

Rita Crundwell. Yale Medical Center. Winsted Board of Education. In the wake of such scandals and multi-million-dollar thefts, organizations have turned to forensic accounting to help them investigate what happened, and more importantly, help them to avoid similar fates. Local author, educator and forensic accounting expert, Stephen Pedneault, will introduce students to this ever-more-important field and share some of the methods used to prevent or uncover fraud and financial abuses. Pedneault will draw upon his 33 years of experience and share accounts of actual cases so students can connect theory to practice. This course is an eye-opener, and lessons learned could prove invaluable for anyone who handles finances.
CRN 10965 | Fee: $110
1 Wednesday | 5/3
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | LRC Room B144
Instructor: Stephen Pedneault, CPA, CFE

Business and Systems Analysis Introduction (On Campus)

This course is an overview of the main features of business and systems analysis as used in IT systems development. It covers the traditional aspects of analysis, including requirements elicitation, requirements analysis, and the “waterfall” approach to systems development. It also covers some of the newer aspects of analysis, including the Agile approach to systems development, product ownership, and data analytics. This course is appropriate for many different roles, for example, existing analysts, anyone performing analysis, those who work with analysts, or those who are considering becoming analysts or product owners. This course incorporates both lecture and hands-on activities.
CRN 10967 | Fee: $110
1 Thursday | 5/4
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | LRC Room B144
Instructor: William Marut, MBA

Project Management Essentials (On Campus)

Project management is a widely recognized discipline. It has become a key ingredient to ensuring successful, on-time and on-budget projects. You should attend this course if you have led a project or will lead one in the future. The course is also recommended for anyone who will be actively participating in a project. You will learn how to determine the scope, characteristics and success of a well-defined project; how to gather and document requirements; leadership essentials; what a work breakdown session is all about; and how to schedule, estimate and handle project closure.
CRN 10955 | Fee: $299
2 Wednesdays | 3/22-3/29
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | LRC Room B144
Instructor: John Lombardo, MBA

Leadership for Everyone (On Campus)

You don’t need an official title to be a leader in your organization. This course will explore the main characteristics of leadership with the goal of contributing value to your organization, whether you’re in a formal leadership position or not. We will review results leadership (leading with courage and a drive for results); people leadership (influencing others, coaching, building talent pools, speaking with impact, listening actively, building relationships and fostering communication); thought leadership (leading through change, supporting innovation and strengthening decision-making skills); and self-leadership (building trust, demonstrating adaptability, practicing self-development and fostering collaboration).
CRN 10957 | Fee: $299
2 Wednesdays | 4/12-4/19
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | LRC Room B144 – THIS CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Instructor: John Lombardo, MBA

Communication Without Limits: Remote Workplace Solutions – A Manager’s Guide (Online)

Remote work is forcing big changes in the way we work. Figuring out how to communicate effectively in this new landscape is a top priority for everyone. In this class, you will learn how to improve both the quality and frequency of communication with your team no matter where they reside. Participants will review, discuss, and test drive communication methods and strategies that will keep everyone connected in meaningful, effective ways. Some topics that will be covered include: managing your teams in the remote workplace; upgrading your remote work communications; five ways leaders can support remote workers; building relationships and maintaining connections across remote teams; remote work and its impact on staff relations;  and building connection across the remote environment and with disparate teams. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.
CRN 10969 | Fee: $110
2 Mondays | 5/1-5/8 | 9 a.m.-noon
Instructor: John Lombardo, MBA

Culture, Conflict and Communication in the Workplace (Online)

We all bring our own cultures to the workplace. That means we all have expectations about how to behave at work. Unfortunately, we often have different ideas about good and productive workplace behavior. We also have trouble talking about conflicts when they arise. This leads to gossip and low morale. Participants will learn to recognize cultural differences, acknowledge conflicts, talk about them in a non-defensive way and come to resolutions. Participants will learn and practice effective communication and conflict resolution skills. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training. This course will be taught using Webex. Students will be contacted with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.
CRN 10961 | Fee: $55
1 Friday | 4/28 | 1-4 p.m.
Instructor: Jane Fried, PhD, LPC

Writing, Publishing and Literature

More Great Books (On Campus) 

Come join a community of avid readers in this popular series of book discussions led by MCC faculty and staff members. Offering a provocative mix of new and classic literature each semester, the course meets at two-week intervals to allow time for reading. Books are available at local and online bookstores and at most libraries. Copies will be also available in the MCC Library on a first-come, first-served basis; availability may be limited, depending on the book’s popularity or release date, so we recommend calling the MCC Library at 860-512-2880 to confirm.
CRN 10872 | Fee $25
6 Wednesdays | 2/15-4/26 (every other week)
3:30-5 p.m. | AST Room C203

February 15 – The Pharmacist’s Mate by Amy Fusselman
Considered a groundbreaking work of creative nonfiction upon its publication in 2001, Amy Fusselman’s The Pharmacist’s Mate is a memoir in fragments. Tracing her fertility struggles and her father’s death, Fusselman braids disparate personal threads—grief, guns, artificial insemination, AC/DC—with excerpts from her father’s journals, detailing his time at sea at the end of World War II. Told in a clipped style and fit to be read in a single sitting, The Pharmacist’s Mate renders Fusselman’s experience in a collaged form that is all her own.
Instructor: Andrew Sottile

March 1Out of a Clear Blue Sky by Kristan Higgins
From New York Times best-selling author and CT resident, Kristan Higgins comes a funny and surprising novel about Lillie, whose life falls apart when her husband decides to divorce her in order to find “joy” with a young, wealthy widow. In addition, Lillie’s only son leaves for college, and she becomes an “empty nester” on Cape Cod. She had loved her life as a wife, mother, and nurse mid-wife, always caring for other people. As she finds herself alone for the first time in her life, she becomes furious. She then becomes involved with her ex-husband’s new family, however, in ways she never thought possible. Out of a Clear Blue Sky is a novel with many layers and unique character development.
Instructor: Heather Styckiewicz

March 15Copenhagen by Michael Frayn
Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen is a play that dramatizes discussion between two physicists, real figures who were instrumental in the development of nuclear energy and the atomic bomb: Neils Bohr and Werner Heisenburg. The topics in the play compel readers to think about society’s relentless pursuit of “progress,” where there is often little pause given to what the effects might be on a community. The play stresses a question relevant to today: How should the scientific community communicate with the public? The atomic bomb and nuclear power are at the center of the play; however, Frayn invites readers to think more broadly about the impact of technology on an unstable society.
Instructor: Garrett Dell

March 29Dubliners by James Joyce
From Amazon: “James Joyce’s Dubliners is a vivid and unflinching portrait of ‘dear dirty Dublin’ at the turn of the twentieth century. These fifteen stories, including such unforgettable ones as ‘Araby,’ ‘Grace,’ and ‘The Dead,’ delve into the heart of the city of Joyce’s birth, capturing the cadences of Dubliners’ speech and portraying with an almost brute realism their outer and inner lives. Dubliners is Joyce at his most accessible and most profound…”
Instructor: Linsey Muldoon

April 12Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is one of Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi masterpieces, and the origin of the movie Bladerunner. The book is set in the aftermath of the fictional World War Terminus somewhere around the year 2021. The planet has become inhospitable for humans requiring mass immigration to Mars, where colonists use humanoid androids as labor to make the red planet hospitable. The story follows a couple of days in the life of Dick’s protagonist, bounty hunter Rick Deckard, as he hunts and ‘retires’ a dangerous group of androids who have escaped Mars to return to Earth and join human society. This book ponders questions about the nature of humanity, society, and religion while highlighting the need for empathy and connection in a world of isolation and paranoia.
Instructor: Adrienne Dowd

April 2621 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
As its title suggests, Yuval Noah Harari’s 21 Lessons for the 21st Century considers the many challenges we face in this century, ranging from the political to the technological. Harari provides suggestions on how we can best prepare for the future.
Instructor: Negussie Tirfessa and Gina Ocasion


How To Register

Submit an online Non-credit Registration Form. Once registered, students will be emailed a confirmation email with payment instructions. Students may pay online, by mailing a check/money order, or by calling our Bursar’s Office to pay with a credit card.

Questions? Email ceinfo@manchestercc.edu.