Non-credit Courses

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.

Summer 2022 Non-credit Courses

Below please find the list of current offerings. Specifications such as pre-requisites and equipment needs are contained in each course description. PLEASE NOTE: Summer Excursions in Learning Children’s programs will not be offered this year.

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.

Professional Development

Personal Enrichment

Professional Development

Computer Technology

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Foundations (Online)

AWS Cloud Foundations is intended for students who seek an overall understanding of cloud computing concepts, independent of specific technical roles. It provides a detailed overview of cloud concepts, AWS core services, security, architecture, pricing and support. All course content is developed and maintained by AWS to ensure the learning reflects current services and best practices. Required for the online section: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of computers is preferred.

CRN 20205 | Fee: $845
6 sessions | Tuesdays and Thursdays
8/16-9/1 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Jayson Ferron


***NEW*** Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Architecting (Online)

AWS Academy Cloud Architecting covers the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on AWS. The course is designed to teach solutions architects how to optimize their use of the AWS Cloud by understanding AWS services and how they fit into cloud-based solutions. Although architectural solutions can differ depending on the industry, type of application, and size of the business, this course emphasizes best practices for the AWS Cloud that apply to all of them. It also recommends various design patterns to help you think through the process of architecting optimal IT solutions on AWS. Throughout the course, students will explore case studies that showcase how some AWS customers have designed their infrastructures and the strategies and services that they have implemented. Finally, this course provides opportunities for students to build a variety of infrastructures through a guided, hands-on approach. Required for the online section: Internet access and computer. Microphone and webcam needed for live audio/video training using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of computers is preferred.

CRN 20208 | Fee: $1,574
10 sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays
8/1-8/31 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Peter Rinsland, MSc IT


Computer Boot Camp (On Campus) – SNAP EligibleCOURSE CANCELLED

Do you feel you are being left behind in the technology revolution? It is never too late to learn. This course will acquaint you with the computer terminology and devices that help manage information today. You will gain insight into computer hardware and the Microsoft Windows operating system. In addition, you will learn how to use the basic word processing functions of the popular Microsoft Word program. You will also learn how to use the Outlook email program and the best search techniques on the Internet. Registered students are eligible for free Windows software. Keyboarding skills recommended. Students must use their NetID login credentials in order to use classroom computers (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id).

CRN 20194 | Fee: $250
4 sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays
6/1-6/13 (starts on a Wednesday)
6-9 p.m. | LRC Room B141
Instructor: George Pillar, MS


Excel Introduction (Online) COURSE CANCELLED

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.

CRN 20199 | Fee: $99
2 Thursdays | 6/2-6/9
6-9 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Kristin Violette


Excel Intermediate (Online) COURSE CANCELLED

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.

CRN 20200 | Fee: $99
2 Thursdays | 6/16-6/23
6-9 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Kristin Violette


***NEW*** Google IT Support Certificate (Online) COURSE CANCELLED

The Google IT Support Certificate is designed to prepare learners for roles in IT support. Certificate graduates who also pass the CompTIA A+ certification exams will earn a dual credential from CompTIA and Google. Upon completion of the Google IT Support Certificate, program graduates will understand the core concepts to all IT Support jobs, including troubleshooting, customer service, networking, system administration, operating systems, and security. Know how to assemble a computer, write effective support documentation, route paths and subnets, manage device software, and more. Dive into working with Linux, Cloud Computing, and Command-Line Interfaces. Our IT Support Certificate prepares learners for in-demand jobs such as: Technical Support Specialist, Data Center Technician, IT Help Desk, IT Technician, IT Support Specialist, Computer Support Specialist, and IT Assistant. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.

CRN 20202 | Fee: $1,250
150 hours asynchronous virtual lessons
50 hours instructor review and support available Thursdays
6/30-10/20 | 6-9 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Peter Rinsland, MSc IT


Microsoft Office: MCC Certificate (Online) – SNAP Eligible COURSE CANCELLED

Increase your employability with this intensive 36-hour course and receive a Microsoft Office: MCC Certificate on completion. This hands-on course will include practice time on Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook. Students will learn the basics of all Office programs, including merges, tables, graphics and sharing documents in Word; formulas, data management, formatting and printing in Excel; database creation, criteria in queries, report and form design, grouping data and establishing relationships in Access; creating slide shows, importing from Word, adding tables/graphics, animation and advanced formatting in PowerPoint; and email management, creating folders, adding signatures/attachments, scheduling appointments with others, organizing contact lists and creating/updating tasks in Outlook. Coursework will cover skills found in Office versions 2016, 2019 and 365. Students should have Office 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. Students will be contacted with further instructions one to three business days prior to class. Prerequisite: basic knowledge of Windows and keyboarding/mouse skills.

CRN 20197 | Fee: $975
12 sessions | Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
6/6-7/1 | 6-9 p.m. | Online
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS


PC Maintenance and Repair (On Campus) – SNAP Eligible COURSE CANCELLED

Why pay for expensive upgrades when you can learn how to do them yourself? Practice RAM, expansion cards and peripheral device installations in a hands-on course with real parts. Learn how to configure drivers and troubleshoot your Windows operating system. You will learn how to reformat a hard drive, partition it and load Windows. Discover how to add new peripherals including printers and scanners. Learn how to download and install driver updates from the manufacturer’s website. Additional topics include troubleshooting basics, researching errors online, hardware trends, buying a new PC (pre-built vs. custom) and standards for monitors, hard drive sizes, ports and optical drives. Additionally, viruses, spyware, surge protectors and backups will also be discussed. For the beginner through intermediate PC user. Students are eligible to receive free Windows software. Students must use their NetID login credentials in order to use classroom computers (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id).

CRN 20195 | Fee: $250
4 sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays
6/15-6/27 (starts on a Wednesday)
6-9 p.m. | LRC Room B141
Instructor: George Pillar, MS


Programming Basics: Foundation for C++, Java, and Python (On Campus)

This course is a structured approach to program logic and design using fundamental programming concepts. A thorough understanding of logic theory, programming structures, and algorithm design techniques is necessary for efficient programming. C++, Java and Python are used to demonstrate these common programming concepts. Students must use their NetID login credentials in order to use classroom computers (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id). Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Windows, and keyboard/mouse skills. No prior programming experience and knowledge is needed, beginners are welcome.

CRN 20196 | Fee: $350
3 sessions | Monday and Wednesdays
8/17-8/24 (starts on a Wednesday)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. | LRC Room B142
Instructor: George Pillar, MS


Web Design: MCC Certificate (Online) – COURSE CANCELLED

Build new skills to start or advance your career as a web developer. Topics covered start with the core areas of HTML and CSS and move on to the use of other desktop tools for web design, ending with exposure to web content management systems. Your Web design portfolio at the end of this certificate program will include published websites that showcase your front-end designs and your cross-platform experience with multiple toolsets. Students who successfully complete this program will be awarded the Web Design: MCC Certificate. The following web design tools are used in the program: HTML5 + CSS3, Web Design Principles, Website Builders Using Wix, Website Content Management Systems (CMS) Using WordPress, and Building Dynamic Website. 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, mouse and web browser skills.

CRN 20198 | Fee: $750
10 Fridays | 6/10-8/12
6-9 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Meba Teferra


Introduction to Grant Writing (Online)

This course will cover tips for writing effective grant proposals and becoming a grant writer. Learn how to get started or, if you have started, how to continue and finish. The parts of the Connecticut Common Grant Application form will be reviewed, including cover letter, cover page, statement of need, project description, budget and narrative, organizational information and appendix. In addition, basic research methods, cultivation of contacts and meeting funders will also be discussed, as well as how to cope with rejection and what to do next. Grant reporting will be looked at briefly. Students will be given many online resources to use to support grant writing, job researching, demonstrating need and additional learning opportunities. There will be a half-hour lunch break included. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer; microphone and webcam needed. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.

CRN 20189 | Fee: $105
1 Friday | 7/15
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Beverly Salzman, MS, MBA


Beginning Grant Writing Workshop (Online)

Are you ready to begin writing a grant? This sequel course to Introduction to Grant Writing will use the Connecticut Common Grant Application form to practice writing elements of a grant and provide a supportive environment to write the sections of the Common Grant Application, with plenty of opportunities for peer and instructor review. Students will need agency information and a project to fund. The application can be fictional, if the student just wants to practice. Students will leave class with a draft grant proposal. There will be a half-hour lunch break included. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer; microphone and webcam needed. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.

CRN 20190 | Fee: $105
1 Friday | 7/29
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Beverly Salzman, MS, MBA


Pharmacy Technician Certification and Internship (Online) – SNAP Eligible

Course Overview: In partnership with the CT Pharmacist Association, this 134-hour Pharmacy Technician Certification Board recognized course is an educational training program that prepares students for entry-level Pharmacy Technician positions in community, hospital, or long-term care pharmacy settings. The Pharmacy Technician prepares medications under the direction of a pharmacist. This course prepares students for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB) national certification exam. The course consists of 84 virtual classroom hours (attendance is taken) and 50 hours of additional independent classwork.

Course Completion: For successful completion of this course, students must earn a minimum grade of 70, and miss no more than three classes. After the third absence, a student is no longer eligible to pass the course or to sit for the PTCB exam. Logging into a class more than 30 minutes late or logging out more than 30 minutes before class end will count as an absence.

Certification Exam: The PTCB exam fee is included in this course. After receiving a passing grade, the student’s exam application will be submitted to PTCB and paid for by the college. Anyone convicted of a felony is evaluated on a case-by-case basis by PTCB to take the exam. For more information visit www.ptcb.org and https://home.pearsonvue.com/ptcb/onvue.

Course Supplies: Internet access and computer with a microphone and webcam. Strong math skills including knowledge of single variable algebra are required. The course fee includes the Pharmacy Certified Technician Training Manual, 14th edition, the Calculations Workbook, 5th edition, and the PTCB exam fee. Once registered, students will be contacted with a date and time to pick up their books.

Optional Internship/Shadow: Students can participate in an optional, 80-hour Hartford Healthcare internship. Interns will gain experience working under the direction of pharmacy staff in one of HHC’s eight hospital or community locations across the state. To be considered, students must have a passing grade in the class with no missing assignments, show proof of immunizations, pass a drug test and background check (additional $72) and provide proof of health insurance, and be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and received the most recent COVID-19 booster. Students participating in the internship may be considered for employment opportunities in the Hartford Healthcare system. There may be an additional cost for parking at some facilities.

CRN 20188 | Fee: $1,600
28 virtual sessions | 9 weeks | Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
6/6-8/10 (registration deadline 5/31; does not meet 7/5) | 6-8 p.m. | Online (LRON)
Instructor: Diane Pacitti, PhD, RPh


Real Estate Principles and Practices (Online)

This required course for real estate licensing provides clear explanations of modern real estate practices and a working knowledge of real estate in Connecticut. Property owners, buyers, sellers and anyone interested in pursuing real estate careers or operations will find this course beneficial and rewarding. Students must attend at least 60 hours (excluding the exam on the final session) and pass the course with a score of 70 or better to earn a Certificate of Completion, which is required in order to sit for the State Salesperson exam. A student can miss only one session and still satisfy 60 hours of attendance. Hours cannot be made up by attending another Real Estate course. The Salesperson Application fee of $80 and the State Exam fee of $65 are not included with this course. Please note: This course requires a high degree of commitment to successfully complete. Required texts: Modern Real Estate Practice, 20th Edition (ISBN 9781475463729) and CT Real Estate Practice and Law, 15th Edition (ISBN 9781475499230), Dearborn Publishing, available from MCC Bookstore (call to confirm hours at 860-645-3140) or through www.dearborn.com/bookstore. Recommended/optional texts: Guide to Passing the PSI Real Estate Exam, 8th Edition (ISBN 9781475487251), and recommended for students whose native language is Spanish, The Language of Real Estate, 8th Edition (ISBN 9781475484915). 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 20191 | Fee: $499
17 sessions | Tuesdays and Thursdays
6/7-8/4 (does not meet 8/2; exam 8/4)
5:30-9:30 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Marc Vallen, JD


Real Estate Principles and Practices Review Course (Online)

Before you sit for the CT Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Exam, review the knowledge and skills you learned in Real Estate Principles and Practices. We will review the following topics: property ownership, passage of title, financing, closings, agency and contracts, as well as practice questions and math concepts. The emphasis of the course will be preparing for the State exam. The textbooks that will be used are the same three texts required for Real Estate Principles and Practices. This course is approved for three continuing education hours by the CT Real Estate Commission. 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 20192 | Fee: $60
1 Thursday | 8/11
5:30-9:30 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Marc Vallen, JD


Personal Enrichment

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

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. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer; microphone and webcam needed. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.

CRN 20206 | Fee: $25
1 Thursday | 7/21
6:30-8 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Jill Betts, MBA


Interior Design Basics: “Redo” Your Kitchen and Bath (Online)

Are you considering updating or remodeling your kitchen or bathroom? These rooms are two of the top real-estate value bumps to a residential property. Whether you are considering a simple, budget-friendly refresher or a full remodeling, either project yields both monetary and aesthetic value to your home. Join us for a basic overview — including topics such as budget, materials and labor — of how to begin the planning process of upgrading your kitchen or bathroom. Required for this online course: Internet access and computer; microphone and webcam needed. This course will be taught using Webex. The instructor will contact students with further instructions one to three business days prior to class.

CRN 20207 | Fee: $25
1 Thursday | 8/18
6:30-8 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Jill Betts, MBA


iPhone Video Editing Using iMovie (On Campus) COURSE CANCELLED

Whether you’re using a Mac or an iOS device, it’s never been easier to make movies. In this class we will be using iMovie, a video editing program for iPhones, iPads and Macs. It is a great program for creating short videos for education and social media. We will look at how you can shoot video with your iPhone and edit in iMovie on a Macbook Pro. Learn to create videos with clips, titles, music and effects and share movies via Messages or by posting on popular social media sites like Facebook and YouTube. Students must use their NetID login credentials in order to use classroom computers (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id).

CRN 20201 | Fee: $99
2 Wednesdays | 6/15-6/22
6-9 p.m. | LRC Room B142
Instructor: Richard Hoyer, MA, MFA


***NEW*** Bruce Springsteen: The Music and the Message (On Campus)

From the 1970s to the present day, millions of people around the world have been inspired by the music of Bruce Springsteen. During first four sessions of this class, participants will examine in detail the lyrics and music of the “The Boss.” We will discuss the characteristics of the songs and albums that have made Springsteen’s music so meaningful to so many people. Following the four-session classroom presentation, three films will be viewed in entirety and discussed: Springsteen on Broadway, Springsteen and I, and Western Stars. Our examination of Springsteen’s music will interest both experts on Springsteen’s music and newcomers.

CRN 20193 | Fee: $65
7 Tuesdays | 6/28-8/9
7-9 p.m. (6/28-7/19); 7-9:30 p.m. (7/26-8/9)
VIL 6 Room V162
Instructor: Stephen Armstrong, MA


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 20203 | Fee: $105
2 Wednesdays | 7/13-7/20
6-9 p.m. | 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 20204 | Fee: $55
1 Wednesday | 8/3
6-9 p.m. | AST Room D211
Instructor: Richard Hoyer, MA, MFA


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.