Spring 2024 Non-Credit Courses

Courses Starting in January through May

Three times a year – spring, summer and fall – CT State Manchester’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development department offers a variety of professional development and personal enrichment non-credit courses. The courses may be offered online 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 in person at the Bursar’s Office.

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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Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

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Basic First Aid & CPR/AED for Adults/Children & Infants

This American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) First Aid and CPR training program is designed to equip participants with the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to respond to a wide range of medical emergencies. This comprehensive training covers basic first aid skills, such as responding to stroke, heart attack, diabetic reactions, fractures, sprains, allergic reactions, choking, bleeding, heat- and cold-related emergencies, shock, mental illness, poison and more. In addition, participants will receive training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults, children, and infants, as well as the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and Narcan. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive a two-year, nationally recognized ASHI certification. Please bring your lunch and a $10 check payable to the instructor for the certification card.
CRN 81920 | Fee: $150
1 Friday | 4/12 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
SSC Room L240
Instructor: Richard Siena, A.S., CT Police Academy Graduate

Art & 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 81770 | Fee: $125
2 Saturdays | 3/16-3/23 | 9 a.m.-12 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 81772 | Fee: $65
1 Saturday | 4/13 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
AST Room D211
Instructor: Richard Hoyer, MA, MFA

iPhone Photography

Learn how to get the most out of your iPhone features by shooting, editing and sharing photographs. That’s right, using only your iPhone, you will develop these photographic skills! Learn simple tips and tricks that will take your photography to the next level: how to adjust and edit photos, how to download photo apps and use them, and how to import, save and share photos. Please bring your iPhone to class.
CRN 81851 | Fee: $65
1 Saturday | 4/27
9 a.m.-12 p.m.| AST Room D211

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 81988 | Fee: $40
1 Saturday | 4/27
10 a.m.-12 p.m. | LRC Room B144
Instructor: Jill Betts, MBA

Boating

Connecticut Basic Boating (On Campus)

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Body, Mind and Spirit

First Degree Reiki Training (On Campus)

It’s time to become the strongest member of your personal health care team. 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 capabilities of Reiki, Reiki principles, hand positions for healing both self and others, and receive an attunement to awaken one’s ability to utilize the energy. Participants will discuss the plentiful benefits of Reiki for both the client and practitioner, and will participate in a guided meditation to meet their Reiki Master Guide. This course includes two Reiki sessions: one as a recipient and one as a Reiki practitioner. Certificate and materials provided to each student. Please bring a blanket, pillow and your lunch to class.
CRN 81739 | Fee: $180
1 Saturday | 3/23
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 focus on healing, and will learn how to conduct a formal distance healing. Participants will also learn to how to create a Reiki Crystal Grid and will participate in a guided meditation to meet their shadow component. 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. Certificate and materials provided to each student. Please bring a blanket, pillow and lunch to class.
CRN 81740 | Fee: $199
1 Saturday | 4/20
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 techniques during this hands-on session. They will learn how to conduct a self-attunement and will participate in a past life regression. Certificate and materials provided to each student. Please bring a blanket, pillow and lunch to class.
CRN 81741 | Fee: $240
1 Saturday | 5/18
8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | LRC Room B144
Instructor: Dory Dzinski, MA

Computer Technology

Learn Basic Computer Skills (On Campus)

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. Keyboarding skills recommended. Students must use their NetID login credentials to use classroom computers (www.manchestercc.edu/net-id).
CRN 12345 | Fee: $250
4 sessions | Tuesdays and Thursdays | 4/2-4/11 ***CLASS CANCELLED***
1-4 p.m. | LRC Room B142
Instructor: George Pillar

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 82337 | Fee: $299
4 sessions | Tuesdays and Thursdays
4/30-5/9 | 1-4 p.m. | Online
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

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 82083 | Fee: $1,500
24 sessions | Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
2/12-4/8 (registration deadline 2/6)
6-9 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Staff

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. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. 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 82105 | Fee: $125
2 sessions | Tuesday and Thursday
3/12-3/14 | 6-9 p.m. | Online  ***CLASS CANCELLED***
Instructor: Kristin Violette

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. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. 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 82104 | Fee: $125
2 sessions | Tuesday and Thursday
3/26-3/28 | 6-9 p.m. | Online ***CLASS CANCELLED***
Instructor: Kristin Violette

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. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. 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 82106 | Fee: $299
4 sessions | Tuesdays and Thursdays
3/12-3/21 | 1-4 p.m. | Online ***CLASS CANCELLED***
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. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. 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 82107 | Fee: $275
3 sessions | Monday, Wednesday and Friday
4/15-4/19 | 1-4 p.m. | Online
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. Students should have Excel software installed on the computers they will use for the online training. 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 82108 | Fee: $275
3 sessions | Monday, Wednesday and Friday
4/8-4/12  | 1-4 p.m. | Online
Instructor: John Hilditch, MS

Computer Technology offerings may be added throughout the semester. Check back periodically for updates.

 

Family, Finance and Consumer Issues

Estate Planning (Online)

Life circumstances can change in an instant. If they do, are you prepared? In this course, you’ll learn about wills, trusts, powers of attorney (POA), and healthcare directives. You’ll walk away understanding what these documents are for, and what you need to do to create yours. Even if you have already created an estate plan, learn if you should have your existing documents reviewed and updated. All students will receive an easy-to-understand estate planning guidebook written by our attorneys. Please note: This course will be taught as a webinar (listen-only with a chat feature to ask questions) through the law firm’s online platform. Registrants will be emailed further instructions and a link to the webinar one to three business days prior to class.
CRN 81882 | Fee: $20
1 Tuesday | 3/12
6-7 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Attorneys from Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri

Understanding Trusts: Are They Right for You? (Online)

What exactly is a trust, and what can a trust do for you? You’ve heard about the different types – revocable, irrevocable, special needs, discretionary, testamentary, and tax trusts. In this course, we’ll demystify trusts and explain how a trust could be suitable for you. Topics to be discussed include: minimizing or avoiding taxes, protecting assets from potential ex-spouses and creditors, keeping public benefits for loved ones, providing for a beneficiary who is disabled or has special needs, and how avoid probate court. Whether you are new to trusts or understand them well, this course will benefit you. Following the course, all students will receive an easy-to-understand trusts guidebook. Please note: This course will be taught as a webinar (listen-only with a chat feature to ask questions) through the law firm’s online platform.  Registrants will be emailed further instructions and a link to the webinar one to three business days prior to class.
CRN 81880 | Fee: $20
1 Tuesday | 3/19
6-7 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Attorneys from Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri

Planning for Long-Term Care: Protect Your Assets (Online)

Connecticut’s long-term care costs are the second highest in the nation. You’ve likely heard horror stories of people losing their homes to pay for care. Attend this session to learn how you can protect assets with a carefully orchestrated plan. You’ll walk away understanding how you can properly protect your life savings. You’ll also learn about Medicaid and how it can help you pay for long-term care costs, Medicaid’s confusing rules, what it takes to apply, who can help you complete an application, and much more will be discussed. We’ll also cover strategies to protect your money if an unforeseen crisis arises. Following the course, all students will receive an easy-to-understand Medicaid and planning for long-term care guidebook. Please note: This course will be taught as a webinar (listen-only with a chat feature to ask questions) through the law firm’s online platform. Registrants will be emailed further instructions and a link to the webinar one to three business days prior to class.
CRN 81881 | Fee: $20
1 Tuesday | 3/26
6-7 p.m. | Online
Instructor: Attorneys from Czepiga Daly Pope & Perri

Interest Rate Opportunities and the Fed (On Campus)

Interest rates have been low and now are higher. Will they keep going up or head down? What opportunities are there when they move? How can you profit from this? In this class, we will discuss the opportunities that exist for your safe money, emergency money and lazy money. There are many attractive rates right now, and they might not be there forever. There are many interesting product options from banks, insurance companies and investment companies. What about CDs, annuities and money markets? Interest rates, the Fed and inflation have all come together to create new tools. Find out how to choose the best tools in the toolbox. We will discuss a broad variety of them so you can get the best rate for you.
CRN 81890 | Fee: $20
1 Tuesday | 5/7
3:30-5 p.m. | SSC Room L240
Instructor: Frank Germano, CFP®

Language

Introduction to Conversational Spanish (On Campus)

Learn basic conversational Spanish grammar and vocabulary, including greetings, formal vs. informal language and when to use each, the alphabet and pronunciation, and other fundamentals. Simple sentence structures will be taught and practiced. The goal of this course is focused more on conversational skills than memorization of grammatical rules. Some aspects of the Spanish culture will also be discussed. The instructor provides all instructional material to students.
CRN 81886 | Fee: $345
12 sessions | Mondays and Wednesdays
2/26-4/3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | SSC Room L240 ***CLASS CANCELLED***
Instructor: Raul Moeremans, MA

Music

Music and Meaning in American Movies (On Campus)

During this course we will delve into the essential role music plays in movies. From creating specific moods to driving the plot, music is a crucial element of almost every film. In this course, we will analyze the critical role of music in movies by watching segments of some films without music and analyzing its impact. Our course will start with Spike Lee’s film “Do the Right Thing” and analyze the role of music in six specific films. If you are a movie lover, music enthusiast, or simply interested in this topic, we invite you to join us for this exciting and informative course.
CRN 81744 | Fee: $65
6 Tuesdays | 4/2-5/7
7-9 p.m. | VIL 5 Room V151
Instructor: Stephen Armstrong, MA

Real Estate

Real Estate Principles and Practices (Hybrid)

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Skills for the Workplace

Introduction to Grant Writing (Online)

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Beginning Grant Writing Workshop (Online)

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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 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 CT State Manchester 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 library at 860-512-2880 to confirm.
CRN 81869 | Fee $25
5 Wednesdays | 2/21-4/17 (every other week)
3:30-5 p.m. | AST Room C203

February 21Richard III, William Shakespeare – POSTPONED to February 28
Richard III is one of Shakespeare’s most beloved history plays that follows Richard III, the Duke of Gloucester, on his path from deformed, sidelined brother of King Edward IV to the throne of England. Richard uses brilliant schemes and machinations to secure his place on the throne and gleefully invites the audience into his confidence as he breaks the fourth wall. To get a fully immersive experience of Richard III, see The BBC’s miniseries The Hollow Crown (season 2) available on Amazon.
Instructor: Adrienne Dowd

March 6Notes from a Young Black Chef, Kwame Onwuachi (with Joshua David Stein)
This memoir weaves the threads of food, culture, identity, nation, race and family to offer a coming-of-age story that resists a linear path in favor of dream chasing, failing, and rebuilding. The text offers contemporary pop culture references drawn into historical conversations of migration, civil rights and liberation, along with recipes that mark the major turns in Onwuachi’s life. Notes is also the 2023-2024 CT State Manchester Common Read. Please visit the LibGuide for more information: https://library.ctstate.edu/manchester/notesyoungblackchef/1
Instructors: Gina Ocasion & Negussie Tirfessa

March 20Nothing to See Here, Kevin Wilson
Lillian and Madison were unlikely roommates and yet inseparable friends at their elite boarding school… [Years later] Lillian gets a letter from Madison pleading for her help. Madison’s twin step-kids are moving in with her family, and she wants Lillian to be their caretaker. However, there’s a catch: The twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way… Over the course of one humid, demanding summer, Lillian and the twins learn to trust each other – and stay cool – while also staying out of the way of Madison’s buttoned-up politician husband. Surprised by her own ingenuity yet unused to the intense feelings of protectiveness she feels for them, Lillian ultimately begins to accept that she needs these strange children as much as they need her – urgently and fiercely. Couldn’t this be the start of the amazing life she’d always hoped for? (from the jacket copy)
Instructor: Linsey Muldoon

April 3Theogony, Hesiod
Theogony is an epic poem that provides a comprehensive account of the genealogy and mythology of the major Greek gods and the creation of the cosmos. Written in the 8th century BCE, this work explores the birth and succession of the deities, tracing the lineage of the Titans and Olympian gods, including Zeus, and detailing their roles in shaping the world. The Theogony serves as a significant source for understanding Greek mythology and cosmogony, shedding light on the origins and relationships of the divine beings that populated the Greek pantheon. Note: Participants may read any translation, but Stanley Lombardo’s translation is recommended (ISBN 978-0872201798).
Instructor: Mary Lou Vredenburg

April 17The Greatest Short Stories of Anton Chekhov, Constance Garnett (translator)
An all-time great practitioner of short fiction, Anton Chekhov was a physician by trade. He once said, “Medicine is my lawful wife, and literature is my mistress.” In all cases, the human condition was a focal point for his work, which sadly was cut short when Chekov died in 1904 at the age of 44. His stories grapple with issues of love, friendship, loyalty and grief, and surely will be read for centuries to come. While participants are encouraged to read widely from this collection, our study and discussion for Spring 2024 will focus on two stories in particular: one of Chekhov’s most celebrated stories, “The Lady with the Dog,” and one of his lesser-known stories, “Misery.”
Instructor: Andrew Sottile


How 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 in person at the Bursar’s Office.

Questions? Email ceinfo@manchestercc.edu.