Professional Growth & Technology
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Professional Growth & Technology

Jefferson offers a variety of workshops for professional growth and career training. The College also works with area employers and development organizations to build customized training opportunities for workforce initiatives.

Program details and registration information

CDL Class A Accelerated Training Program

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof. Participants must complete the DOT physical and a drug test as prerequisites for admission.

Enroll now in a CDL A training program with National Tractor Trailer School partnered with Jefferson Community College.

September 6, 2022 – October 10, 2022 – Lowville, NY

This program will prepare you for an exciting, challenging and rewarding career in transportation and logistics. The classroom and lab phase consists of CDL A permit preparation, DOT safety/rules/regulations, and logbook training. 225 hours training with 118 hours in the classroom and 107 hours of behind-the-wheel training. The behind-the-wheel phase consists of all required backing maneuvers and road rides throughout the Watertown, NY area on a 10- speed manual transmission, which allows students to be qualified to drive an automatic or manual tractor-trailer without any restrictions. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be eligible to take the CDL A license exam. CDL A licensed drivers are qualified to drive a tractor-trailer, dump truck, straight truck, snowplow, and more. Program graduates are qualified for job placement in the North Country.

Lowville Class:
September 6, 2022 – October 10, 2022

Classes Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuition: $7,870.00 (all-inclusive price)
Note: After passing their New York State CDL Skills test, the student will be responsible for paying the license fee directly to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Register by requesting an application at ksather@ntts.edu.

For more information, admissions requirements, and to apply now contact Kimberly Sather, Program Development Director National Tractor Trailer School, at 315-410-2207 or ksather@ntts.edu.

Deadline to apply: August 30, 2022

September 6, 2022 – February 16, 2023 – Watertown, NY

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof.

This program will build upon students’ existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer software and hardware in order to present fundamental concepts and techniques that technicians use every day on the job. Upon completing this course, students will gain the essential skills and technical expertise necessary to install, upgrade, configure, troubleshoot, optimize, repair and perform preventative maintenance on basic personal computer hardware and operating systems. This course is designed to fully prepare students to sit for and pass the CompTIA A+ (Core 1 and Core 2) Certification exams. Students are eligible for an optional externship with a local employer after successful course completion.

Course Contact Hours: 150 hours

Cost: $3,177 (Textbooks and exam voucher included)

Funding Sources

Funding is available through The WorkPlace for qualified individuals. Call 315-786-3651 for more information.

MyCAA funding may apply. (Traditional Army tuition assistance, GI bill funding and traditional college financial aid does not apply).

Watertown Class:
September 6, 2022 – February 16, 2023

Tuesdays and Thursdays

6:00pm – 9:30pm

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

Food Venture Bootcamp

SUNY Jefferson Community College and the Watertown SBDC invite you to join us for this interactive online training program. This 12 session Food Venture Bootcamp course, put on by the Food Venture Network, is designed for existing food entrepreneurs - from micro business on up - including producers, restauranteurs, chefs and other food based businesses that are ready to take their business to the next level. In this live (via Zoom) course you will acquire the skills needed to develop a product prototype and business plan, be ready for meetings with buyers and distributors and learn how to perfect your “elevator pitch”.

Taught by food industry professionals, including chefs, product developers and retail and foodservice buyers, this course will enable you to turn your idea or small scale production into a full-fledged business. There is a competitive admission process, and preference will be given to existing SBDC clients in the food industry who are ready to launch their “Made in Northern New York” product this year!

Cost: Fully grant funded. No cost to participant.

Participant must be SBDC client. To become a SBDC client register here: Client Enrollment Form (SBA 641).

Lowville Class:

July 11, 2022 – August 17, 2022

Mondays and Wednesdays,  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Registration deadline is June 10, 2022. Register online.

Questions? Email sbdc@sunyjefferson.edu or call 315-782-9262.

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received the COVID-19 booster, when eligible, and provide proof.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Home-Based Child Care Training program provides participants with the knowledge, skills, and support to become in-home childcare providers. Lewis County, Jefferson County, the Community Action Planning Council (CAPC), Jefferson Community College (JCC), and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) have collaborated to design and launch this innovative program. The program is provided at no cost to participants through the generous sponsorship of Lewis and Jefferson Counties.

Your child care provider career starts at Jefferson

The Home-Based Child Care Training program is designed to prepare you to become a home-based child care provider. At the conclusion of the program, participants are expected to have gained NYSOCFS approval to operate a home-based child care program and will have earned a Certificate of Completion from JCC. This certificate signifies competencies in early childhood education and small business management.

PROGRAM BENEFITS

Let us help you start your own home-based child care business!

  • Become a Home-Based Child Care Provider within four months
  • Free training (Health & Safety, Red Cross, Small Business Workshops, & Family Policy Handbook workshop)
  • Child care Stipend available to help you attend workshops and one-on-one meetings
  • Earn 3 College Credits at JCC by taking Introduction to Early Childhood
  • Program Coordinator assigned to provide individual mentorship through the program
  • SBDC Advisor assigned for one-on-one business counseling
  • CAPC Regulator assigned to provide guidance on NYSOCFS approval
  • Access free supplies to help you start your new business
  • Access to a Child Care Providers closed Facebook group

Training Program Kickoff Meeting

Attend a kick-off meeting where you’ll receive information on program partners, program team members, program details, syllabus, and schedule.

Note: The OCFS application that is required to apply for a childcare program license includes a background check.

Program requirements for Home-Based Child Care Training

Business Requirements (16 non-credit hours) Non-Credit Hours
SBDC Module 1: Business Basics 2
SBDC Module 2: Marketing 2
SBDC Module 3: Liability & Insurance 2
SBDC Module 4: Accounting 2
SBDC Module 5: Transitioning to Entrepreneurship 2
JCC Family Policy Handbook Workshop – Part I  3
JCC Family Policy Handbook Workshop – Part II  3
Health and Safety Requirements (20 non-credit hours) Non-Credit Hours
CAPC Health & Safety Training 15
Red Cross First Aid & CPR Training  5
Early Childhood Program Requirements (3 credit hours)   Credit Hours
ECD - 101 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education 3

Total Non-Credit hours 26
Total Credit hours 3

PROGRAM ADMISSIONS

Cost: Grant funding coverages full cost of program. Funding available to residents of Jefferson County or Lewis County.

Step 1: Complete Program Intake Form when registration is open. 
Step 2: Complete the NYS Division of Child Care Services Child Day Care Orientation (2-hour online course).
Orientation Link: https://ocfs.ny.gov/programs/childcare/providers/cdc-orientation.php
Step 3: Request an OCFS Application upon completing the NYS Division of Child Care Services Child Day Care Orientation
Step 4: Attend Program Kick-Off Meeting to finalize admissions.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • Total program participant time commitment is approximately 30 hours, or 1-5 hours per week including independent work over the course of 6 months.
  • Non-credit and credit training schedule TBA.
  • Training is available virtually and in person at the Lewis County Education Center and JCC Campus.

Admission is closed for cohort II. Check back for updates on future programming.

Interested? Complete the interest form to get updates on future programming!

Learn about the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Home Processing Exemption, which allows individuals to build a business to make foods such as certain baked goods, jellies, or snack mixes.

Cost: Fully grant funded. No cost to participant.

Lowville Class Date Options:
July 14, 2022, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
August 23, 2022, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu.

SHRM-CP/SRHM-SCP Certification Preparation Course

September 8, 2022 – Watertown, NY, JCC Campus

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received the COVID-19 booster, when eligible, and provide proof.

This SHRM-CP/SRHM-SCP Certification Preparation Course uses the SHRM Learning System, the preferred study resource, to help you learn and apply HR knowledge and competencies to real-life situations, and prepare for SHRM certification. This noncredit pre-certification preparation course does not guarantee success on the exam but it does reflect the general body of knowledge that is tested. It is also appropriate for any individual interested in HR advancement or a professional new to HR with limited experience or formal education in the field.

Content will consist of training in Behavioral and Technical Competencies as outlined in the SHRM Learning System.  Attendance and open class discussion is required. However, there will be a large amount of practice assigned online. This course will require a great deal of reading and study time independently.  In addition to study time, you will log on to the learning center for pre/post evaluations for each functional area (www.learnhrm.partnerrc.com) and take all pre and post assessments for each module. There will be a final exam very similar to the certification test question outline.  This entire preparation course is considered to be an excellent study basis for the SHRM- CP/SCP exam.  Students wishing to sit for the exam are responsible for registering and meeting qualifications for the exam in accordance with SHRM guidelines outlined in the certification handbook.

2022 SHRM Learning System will prepare you to sit for the exam during the December 1, 2022 – February 15, 2023 testing window.

Watertown Class: Room E-117, Continuing Ed Bldg.
September 8, 2022 – December 8, 2022
Thursdays, 5:30p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
No class: November 24, 2022
FLEX Course (FLEX means option for in person or virtual attendance)

Cost: $1,395 (textbooks included)

Registration deadline is August 31, 2022.

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

August 22, 2022 – January 25, 2023 – Lowville, NY

Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received the COVID-19 booster, when eligible, and provide proof.

The HVAC Level 1 program is designed to introduce students to the HVAC (heating and air-conditioning systems) technology. Topics include mathematics related to HVAC, basic electricity, heating, cooling, air distribution systems, basic copper and plastic piping practices, soldering and brazing, and basic carbon steep piping practices. HVAC Technicians install, maintain and repair many different types of HVAC systems. The purpose of this program is to prepare students to perform entry-level HVAC maintenance and repair tasks in residential and commercial environments. This course is designed to prepare students to pursue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 Core and 608 Small Appliances (Type 1) Certification. Students are eligible for an optional externship with a local employer after successful course completion.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 608 Core and 608 Small Appliances (Type I) Certification

Course Length: 140 Hours

Lowville Class, Lewis County Education Center:

Mondays and Wednesdays
August 22nd 2022 – January 25th 2023
6:00pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $3,000 (textbooks and exam voucher included)

Funding Sources

Funding is available through The WorkPlace for qualified individuals. Call 315-786-3651 for more information.

MyCAA funding may apply. Traditional Army tuition assistance, GI bill funding and traditional college financial aid does not apply.

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

Registration deadline: August 15, 2022

Workshop participants will get an overview of the various lighting systems, growing media and temperature/humidity controls to consider on an indoor farm. Students will be able to observe the vertical hydroponics system onsite at the Lewis County Education Center, as well as learn about DIY systems that are cost-effective to build.

Cost: Fully grant funded. No cost to participant.
Lowville Class:
August 12, 2022, 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu.

Workshop participants will get an overview of controlled environment agriculture grow methods and investigate growing conditions that may affect plant health, like water quality (pH & EC), and pest management.

Cost: Fully grant funded. No cost to participant.
Lowville Class:
August 10, 2022, 3:30pm - 6:30pm

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu.

Workshop participants will learn how to differentiate between the different types of controlled environment agriculture (greenhouses, aquaponics, hydroponics, & aeroponics).Students will also have the opportunity to engage hands-on with the vertical hydroponics farm onsite at the Lewis County Education Center and grow their own vegetables using soil-based and hydroponic growing methods.

Cost: Fully grant funded. No cost to participant.
Lowville Class:
August 8, 2022, 3:30 - 6:30pm

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu.

Workshop participants will be introduced to the concept of precision agriculture, which “is a management strategy that gathers, processes and analyzes temporal, spatial and individual data and combines it with other information to support management decisions according to estimated variability for improved resource use efficiency, productivity, quality, profitability and sustainability of agricultural production.” The main focus of this workshop will be to introduce participants to how drones can be utilized in precision agriculture:

  • Check Crop Health
  • Livestock Management
  • Soil and field Analysis
  • Crop Fertilizing & Spraying

Cost: Fully grant funded. No cost to participant.
Lowville Class Date Options:
July 30, 2022, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
August 25, 2022, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu.

This is a 4-week, hands-on animal science course that integrates animal nutrition, digestive and reproductive system health, and parasite treatment and prevention. The focus of the program is to provide foundational veterinary science competencies that can be applied in the agricultural industry.  The class will include local farm visits so that students have the ability to apply their concept and theory knowledge, to the field.

Cost: Fully grant funded. No cost to participant.
Lowville Class: July 26, 2022 - August 20, 2022

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.; with one Saturday (Date TBA) on site workshop from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (on farm)

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu.

October 12, 2022 – Watertown, NY

Participants must take a COVID test prior to attending this workshop and be prepared to show proof that a test has been taken.

A notary public of the common law is a public officer constituted by law to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with general financial transactions, estates, deeds, powers-of-attorney, and foreign and international business.

Prepare to be a Notary Public:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the authority, duties and responsibilities of the Notary Public Office.
  • Topics include avoiding conflicts of interest, maintaining professional ethics, charging proper fees, handling special situations, when to defer to an attorney, and minimizing legal liability.
  • An 80 question practice exam is included.

Watertown Class:
Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Cost: $60

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

October 11, 2022, Watertown Class

Participants must take a COVID test prior to attending this workshop and be prepared to show proof that a test has been taken.

The ServSafe Certification is ideal for individuals who wish to prepare to take the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Exam. This one day 8-hour course will prepare your restaurant operation to meet state managed training requirements for foodservice personnel. This workshop will empower employees with the knowledge and skills they need to prepare and serve foods safely.

  • Gain necessary skills and knowledge to prepare foods safely
  • Tuition covers the cost of the ServSafe Essentials 7th Edition textbook, exam, and proctoring of the exam during the course.
  • The ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification exam is taken during the final 90-minutes of the course.
  • Sign up early as enrollment is limited.
  • Instructor Shaunna Arnold, Certified ServSafe Instructor through the National Restaurant Association, and Coordinator – Hospitality and Tourism Program, JCC

Watertown Class

Tuesday October 11, 2022

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Cost: Full funding is available. See full details below.

Tuition cost is $275 and includes the ServSafe Essentials, textbook, and exam, and proctoring of the exam during the course. Funding is available through The WorkPlace for qualified individuals. Call (315) 786-3651 for more information. Funding is also available through the Watertown Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for SBDC clients, or whose employer is a client. Email sbdc@sunyjefferson.edu for more information and to apply. (To become a SBDC client register here: Client Enrollment Form (SBA 641))

Register online or by requesting an application at ced@sunyjefferson.edu or at Jefferson, Extended Learning Center, building E.

Registration Deadline: September 26, 2022

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Contact Us

Workforce Development & Business Division
(315) 786-2233
ced@sunyjefferson.edu