NORTH CREEK - Classes began at SUNY Adirondack just last week and with the new semester comes some innovative continuing education opportunities in North Creek. SUNY Adirondack will be offering three non-credit classes in North Creek this semester, beginning Sept 21.
In May, SUNY Adirondack representatives, including continuing education director Patti Carte, met with Johnsburg supervisor Sterling Goodspeed and Gore Mountain Region Chamber president Dave Bulmer to explore the possibilities of a relationship between SUNY Adirondack and North Creek.
"This has been over a year in the making," said Goodspeed. "It is the perfect opportunity for ACC to bring their programming within the blue line and still utilize state of the art facilities."
The committee decided to offer classes this fall that target the needs of small business and entrepreneurs with hopes of expanding the program to offer team building and customer
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service programs as well adventure sports classes for credit in the future.
"We felt that offering flexible training classes that apply to the people living and running businesses in that area would be most effective," said Carte. "If the non-credit program goes well this fall, we hope to expand as soon as the spring semester."
Courses being offered in North Creek this fall include Social Media for Small Businesses, taught by Bill Green Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Johnsburg Central School; Get Found on Google: Strategies for Search Engine Optimization, taught by Mark Parfitt Wednesday, Oct. 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Johnsburg Central School; and Better Business Writing, taught by Judith Harper Tuesdays, Sept. 21 through Oct. 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Tannery Pond Community Center.
Tuition costs ranges from $50 to $100 depending on the individual class. There is still time to sign up for all of these classes.
Harper, a Johnsburg resident and SUNY Adirondack professor, looks forward to seeing the relationship develop and being a part of the trial.
"There are a number of excellent class offerings," she said. "And do to limited advertising, we need to get the work out and encourage people to sign up."
Goodspeed is confident this first step will be the beginning of a solid relationship between the college and the village of North Creek.
"It is a win-win for all involved - ACC will expand their programming while North Creek receives more exposure and utilizes some of their facilities," he said
For more information or to sign up for a class, call 743-2238 or visit www.sunyacc.edu/ContinuingEd.