Westfield State to offer six non-credit courses in the fall

WESTFIELD—The College of Graduate and Continuing Education at Westfield State University will offer six non-credit courses throughout the fall semester including professional courses, SAT prep, and art and exercise classes among others.

Human Resource Certification

Human Resource Certification Preparation Program meets Thursday evenings, September 7 through December 14, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Square One building located at 1095 Main Street in Springfield. It is offered in partnership with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

An intensive 36-hour course, the Human Resource Certification Preparation Program is designed primarily to prepare those students seeking certification as a Certified Professional or Senior Certified Professional. Program content is updated annually to reflect legislative changes and new HR developments. As a result, SHRM Learning System participants consistently beat the national pass rate on certification exams.

The total cost of this course is $1,215.

Tai Chi

Taught by local Tai Chi instructor Lenny Burlingame, this course aims to promote personal development physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.  Through eight highly interactive sessions, participants in this course will learn techniques and practices meant to improve flexibility, balance, muscle tone, joint mobility, and mental awareness.

Tai Chi will be held on Wednesday nights, September 27 through November 15 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on campus in the Catherine Dower Center for the Performing and Fine Arts Room 190. The cost of the course is $120.

Beginner/Intermediate Watercolor

Taught by local artist and teacher Peg Considine, this course will teach the fundamentals and unique qualities of watercolor painting by exploring a variety of techniques and design principles.  Over the course of six sessions, participants in this course will become more confident and adventurous painters through demonstrations, individual instruction, and experimentation.

The course is $140 and is held on Thursday nights September 28 through November 2 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on campus in the Catherine Dower Center for the Performing and Fine Arts Room 274.

Phlebotomy Technician

Taught in partnership with Condensed Curriculum International, this program prepares students to collect blood specimens from clients for the purpose of laboratory analysis. Classroom and lab work includes terminology, anatomy and physiology, blood collection procedures, specimen hands-on practice, and training in skills and techniques to perform puncture methods. Students who complete this program will have the opportunity to pursue the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) Phlebotomy Technician Exam.

The cost of this program is $1,799.00 which includes the required textbooks and materials. It meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights, October 3 through December 14 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on campus in Wilson Hall Room 319.

SAT Blitz

The SAT Blitz is offered during the academic year to prepare students to reach the test date of their choice at peak performance. The multi-week format of the SAT Prep Course leads to greater opportunities for learning and interaction with instructors.

The SAT Blitz course for high school students meets Sundays from October 8, through October 29, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Wilson Hall Room 316. The cost of the course is $499.

Voiceover Foundations

Taught by actor and voiceover artist Mike Jablon, this course includes techniques designed to offer a foundation in the world of voiceover.  Participants will build their self-confidence as a voice actor, working with live equipment while getting instant feedback from an industry professional. Participants will also receive an MP3 recording of one of their pieces at the end of the program.

The course costs $120 and meets on Tuesday and Thursday nights, November 7 through November 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on campus in Wilson Hall Room 405.

For more information, contact Brandon Fredette at (413) 572-8033 or

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