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What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic? Do you have new interests you’d like to explore? Are there skills that could make things better in your day-to-day life?

Maybe you’d like to learn to sail a boat, raise chickens, become a certified notary public, or enhance your resume with skills in Excel or Wordpress. Maybe you want to take control of your finances, master Japanese, or take brilliant landscape photos.

For all of these needs and many more, the folks at Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC) have solutions. “We’ve learned some new tricks,” says Jaclyn Stevenson, the college’s marketing and communications director. “We hit a stress point in spring 2020 trying to figure out how to reconfigure classes. Then, as we looked at our offerings and strengths, we began to find the silver lining.”

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Over the last year-and-a-half, C-GCC, a campus of the State University of New York located in Hudson known for its career and transfer programs, has been expanding its noncredit courses and training programs to better meet the lifelong learning and enrichment needs of residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The result is a curated blend of in-person and online courses that, as Stevenson says, means “You can do what you want, when you want, at your own pace.”

C-GCC’s course catalog now includes a long list of fresh ideas driven by community engagement that leverage the wonders of the Hudson Valley in new ways. “We’re really excited to be building partnerships with Olana, area libraries, and local businesses, and we’ve added a bunch of new courses that we think will help people in the community widen their own new horizons,” says Stevenson. “The offerings really run the gamut, and it seems to be working.”

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For example, this October, you can go “On the Trail of the Hudson River School,” diving deep into the work of the region’s renowned 19th-century painters, followed by a guided hike of the majestic locations that inspired them. Pair that with a photography or painting course and you’re well on your way to your new avocation.

Wish you’d learned how to buy cars and houses and do your taxes and invest wisely back in high school? There are upcoming courses for that. Think it might be fun to spend October reading and analyzing classic ghost stories and ghost story culture? C-GCC has that too. Want to start a micro-business or online store? You’re only one class away.

“We’re excited about the new ways we’ve been finding to bring learning to the community, new partnerships we’ve formed, and the growth we’ve experienced,” Stevenson says. “For our noncredit courses, the quality is just as exciting as the quantity.”

For more information about the expanded offerings at Columbia-Greene Community College, call (518) 828- 4181 x 3342 or visit.

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