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This page contains classes that could be of interest to people interested in Real Estate as well as business, starting a business, looking for a new career, elder law, and home staging. Scroll down. The classes are NOT listed in chronological order.

Also check out the computer section (you'll need to go back to the main index) for the Microsoft Office and Photoshop Elements classes.



Real Estate
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Real Estate Principles & Practices
This course meets the minimum requirements as set forth by the Connecticut Real Estate Commission and Department of Consumer Protection for application to take the sales associate exam. Students must attend 60 hours of class (20 sessions) per the State of Connecticut regulations. We are offering 66 hours. Led by Terry Hastings with guest instructors who are experienced, licensed brokers and sales associates. Terry Hastings has taught Real Estate Principles and Practices in Ridgefield for over ten years. He is now with Total Mortgage Services, LLC. In 2014 he received the Five Star Mortgage Professional Award from Connecticut Magazine. He was previously with Hamilton Ladd Home Loans and has over 20 years prior experience in Real Estate sales and management with Weichert, Realtors and Prudential, Fitzgerald & Hastings. Nick Davis is an experienced REALTOR®, now Brokerage Sales Manager of William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty, previously with Weichert, Realtors. Lonnie Shapiro, GRI, CRS, Ridgefield REALTOR® for over 30 years, now with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ridgefield, is co-author of the Connecticut issue of How to Make Your REALTOR® Get You the Best Deal.

$ 449 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 371) includes both texts

21 Sessions; 60 hour course (allows for 1 absence). Weather dates (hopefully none) will be added to the end of the session.
Starts Wednesday, February 6, details to follow.
Meets on Monday and Wednesday, with a Tuesday or Thursday added on weeks with Monday or Wednesday holidays or for a quiz.

Mondays:
Tuesdays:
Wednesdays:
Thursdays:
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School

Please phone (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for information or to register.



Real Estate Brokers License

In order to qualify for a Connecticut Broker license, the Connecticut Real Estate Commission requirements are as listed at http://www.ct.gov/dcp/site/default.asp Then click on Licenses for details. Both applicant for the Sales Associate Exam and the Broker Exam must complete the 60 hour class listed above.

The next session starts Wednesday, September 26 (per schedule above). Please phone (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for information or to register.


Voice-Overs

Voice-Overs . . . NOW is YOUR Time!

In what
could be the one of most enlightening 2 hours you’ve ever spent, this class will show you how YOU could actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos and more! This is a business that you can handle on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with practically no overhead! This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for! Instructor James Seawood, a New York based voice talent and teacher. He has brought his signature sound to commercials for a myriad of brands and organizations including Nike, Army West Point, The City of Charlotte, Cholula Hot Sauce and MGM Las Vegas Casino.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon.,
3/4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


eBay

Buying and Selling On eBay
Prerequisite: Basic computer and Internet skills. This class can help you: buy old or new items with confidence; convert household clutter to cash; start an on-line eBay business; sell items to downsize a collection. In this two-part class Eileen Burton will unravel the mysteries of eBay by sharing her knowledge and expertise acquired from years of buying and selling on this popular site. The first two-hour class will be devoted to all the basics and the second class will cover in detail all the steps to sell an item – from photographing it to listing it on eBay – by actually putting something up for sale. Instructor Eileen Burton has taught numerous classes about eBay using experience gained from selling items there from her collectibles business. She also shares her results of extensive research by teaching courses in iPhone, iPad, genealogy, and related subjects over a period of many years with Continuing Education.

4 hours $ 69 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 63)
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Thur., 3/7 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Careers/Job Search

Career Assessments ~ One on One
In the session, assessments will be provided based upon: Myers-Briggs Type, Holland Type, Values, Skills Card Sorts, Fields of Interests, and questions from NYU Career Coaching classes. The results help to clarify and prioritize what most interests you, and might suit your type, interests, talents, strengths and skills. Career assessments will not tell you which is the one perfect career for you, but point to a mix of career opportunities to explore. Bibliography of top career and business books and online resources also supplied. One-on-one sessions are available most Friday afternoons or other days/times. Bibliography of top career and business books and online resources also supplied. Instructor Linda Keefer has completed the course work for NYU’s Career Assessment and Development Certificate. She currently works privately with individuals on career assessments. She also attended the four day LifeLaunch program at The Hudson Institute in Santa Barbara, California.
1 Session $ 85
Register for one specific date listed below. Other days/times can be scheduled.
Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.
Tue., 2/26
from 7 to 9 p.m.; Veterans Park School
Thur., 2/28 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Veterans Park School
Thur., 4/25 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Veterans Park School
Tue., 4/20 from 7 to 9 p.m.; Veterans Park School



Resume Assistance
This one on one session focuses on how to analyze your background and job history to determine the resume format that best highlights your accomplishments and skills. We also discuss what should be in your cover letter - who should it go to - how should you follow up. Instructor Glenna McNally has over 30 years experience in Executive Recruiting and Human Resources Consulting and is owner of GM Career.

1 Session $ 49
Fri., 12/14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the
Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change
Fri., 1/25 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the
Town Hall Annex
Fri., 2/1 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 2/22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 3/8 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 3/22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 3/29 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the
Town Hall Annex
Fri., 4/26 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 5/3 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 5/17 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the
Town Hall Annex
Fri., 5/31 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 6/21 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex

Other days/times available. Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.


Interview Skills Training – One on One Course
This course will help you master your interviewing skills. Learn how to prepare for an interview, how to handle difficult questions and negotiate compensation. You will learn how to highlight your experience, personality and strengths to potential employers. You will be able to practice your interviewing skills in a supportive environment. By improving your techniques and interview preparation you will feel more confident during job interviews. Instructor Louzette Dovaras has over 20 years of recruiting experience. Her strengths include corporate, IT and executive recruiting for national and international corporations. One on one sessions are available on other dates and times.

1 Hour Session $ 49

Wed., 11/28 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change
Fri., 12/7 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change
Other days/times available. Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.

2/8 or 3/15 or 4/5


Job Search Techniques – One on One Course
Identifying your target job market – companies where your background fits – how to contact and follow up – thinking outside of that box – cover letters – interviewing skills – who is in your network – how can you broaden that network – how NOT to rely solely on the internet. Instructor Glenna McNally has over 30 years experience in Executive Recruiting and Human Resources Consulting and is owner of GM Career.

1 Hour Session $ 49

Fri., 12/7 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change
Fri., 2/8 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 3/15 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 4/5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 5/10 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex
Fri., 6/14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex

Other days/times available. Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.


Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest


Using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter . .
Prerequisite: Basic computer and Internet skills. Sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter let you connect to and network with other people, both personally and professionally. Learn what these sites offer, how to set up your accounts and profiles, how to promote yourself, and how to join groups and contribute to virtual communities. Instructor Lance Whitney is a freelance writer for Time, AARP Magazine, PC Magazine, and other websites and publications. He’s written books on Windows 8 and LinkedIn. Previous, he was a system administrator and trainer with Ciba Specialty Chemicals. He’s taught a variety of continuing education courses at Ridgefield Continuing Education for several years.

2 hours $ 39 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 31)
Fri., 12/14 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.;
Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change


Introduction to LinkedIn – One on One Course
This one on one session will walk you through the necessary steps to create a LinkedIn
profile that will show your professional achievements. Whether you already have a profile that you started but never completed or if you need help creating one, this course will give you the knowledge you need to succeed with LinkedIn. Learn how to make connections with other professionals who share your same interests by connecting with individuals as well as specialized groups. Instructor Louzette Dovaras has over 20 years of recruiting experience. Her strengths include corporate, IT and executive recruiting for national and international corporations. One on one sessions are available on other dates and times.

1 Hour Session $ 49
Wed., 11/7 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change
Fri., 11/16 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change
Wed., 12/5 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change
Fri., 12/14 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change

Other days/times available. Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.



Using LinkedIn for Your Job Search – One on One Course
This one on one session will show you how to use LinkedIn for job searching and building your own career development strategy. LinkedIn is one of the main sources that Recruiters use to find candidates to fill their openings.  You will learn how to enhance your profile so recruiters will notice you. Learn how to set up alerts to target specific types of jobs or jobs at particular companies where you would like to work.
Instructor Louzette Dovaras has over 20 years of recruiting experience. Her strengths include corporate, IT and executive recruiting for national and international corporations. One on one sessions are available on other dates and times.

1 Hour Session $ 49
Wed., 11/14 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change
Fri., 11/30 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change

Wed., 12/19 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change
Other days/times available. Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.



Using Instagram and Pinterest
Prerequisite: Basic computer, mobile and web background.
Let’s go Social with Instagram and Pinterest! Learn how to share your pictures with Instagram and how to interact with the network. Discover with Pinterest how you can save and organize your favorite web contents in sharable boards, so you can do even more of what you love. Instructor Valentina Vallinotto is bi-lingual with a degree in Engineering. She has been in IT and training for 20 years and specializes in IT Change Management, particularly Mac and Google. She is also an Adventure Travel Consultant focusing on the European Alps and Tanzania.
2 hours $ 39 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 31)
Thur., 11/15 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.;
Town Hall Annex - Note Location Change


Staging / Downsizing

Home Staging
A house is usually your largest investment. When it’s time to sell, you want to have prepared your home to generate the quickest sale at the highest price. Join us for a lively, informative, class where you will learn how home staging not only helps you realized a higher sales price, but can also make your life less stressful as you go through the home sale process. Instructor Jeanne Rowella has over 30 years experience in real estate marketing, home staging and re-design. After 10 years as a retail store, she closed the store in May 2017 and brought The Gilded Nest business in house! Her focus is on Home Staging Consultations, as well as Interior Decorating, Re-upholstery, Slip-Covers, Pillows, Window Treatments, and Sourcing Vintage Furniture (and custom painting it), etc.
1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Please phone (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for Winter/Spring 2019 dates.



Elder Law Seminar

Elder Law Strategies: How To Keep Medicaid From “TAKING IT ALL”
Whether you are planning for your future long term care or confronting a loved one’s current long term care, you can structure your legal documents, assets and income to use Medicaid’s technical rules for you instead of against you. Some rules create opportunities that can be carried out over time, and others that can be implemented within a month. By knowing those rules, you can protect your assets and income from future Medicaid (Title XIX) exposure and even stop current Medicaid asset depletion. Learn how to develop the optimal plan whether you face long term care down the road or right now. Topics to be covered include: asset and income limits, spousal protections, converting exposed assets to exempt assets, avoiding transfer-of-asset penalties, use of trusts and annuities, targeted spend-down, qualifying despite being over-asset or over-income, and avoiding liens and recoveries. Instructors Attorney Thomas E. Murphy received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a career in corporate management.  He then graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree and a Certificate in Health Law and Policy.  Instructor Attorney Michele F. Murphy, RN, MSN earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University, and her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law.  Both Attorneys Murphy are also accredited attorneys with Veterans Affairs, and are frequent lecturers on Elder Law and Estate Planning.

Register your care giver or another family member for a reduced price of $15 for each additional family member ($11 for Ridgefield residents age 62+, or disabled).

1 Session $ 29 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 22)
Wed., 3/27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School

Elder Law Strategies: Protect Yourself with Trusts
Avoid depleting your funds on long term care, and preserve your independence and quality of life. Attorneys Murphy will explain using Asset Protection Trusts to protect your resources and qualify for VA Aid & Attendance pension (up to $2,229/month) and Medicaid benefits (for home care or nursing home). Also learn how to use Revocable Living Trusts to avoid probate, minimize estate taxes, preserve IRA funds, provide for disabled family members, avoid conservatorship, and protect your estate from your children’s creditors. Plan and protect! Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, pros and cons of transferring assets, Medicaid and VA Aid & Attendance payment of long term care, and new laws regarding Powers of Attorney and Access To Digital Assets. Instructors Attorney Thomas E. Murphy received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a career in corporate management.  He then graduated cum laude from Pace University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree and a Certificate in Health Law and Policy.  Instructor Attorney Michele F. Murphy, RN, MSN earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania, her Master of Science in Nursing from Yale University, and her Juris Doctor from Pace University School of Law.  Both Attorneys Murphy are also accredited attorneys with Veterans Affairs, and are frequent lecturers on Elder Law and Estate Planning.

Register your care giver or another family member for a reduced price of $15 for each additional family member ($11 for Ridgefield residents age 62+, or disabled).

1 Session $ 29 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 22)
Wed., 5/22 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School


Bookkeeping

Basic Bookkeeping/Accounting
This class is ideal before you take an accounting course. No accounting knowledge is required. You will learn about double entry bookkeeping/accounting. Learn the basics: accounts receivable, payables, journal entries, expenses, revenues and chart of accounts. Master double entry accounting and learn how quickly you can retrieve financial information from accounts like cash balance, sales for the month, and paid bills. Learn key accounting terms to help you tackle accounting software programs (QuickBooks) to manage a business with ease. Instructor Laura Jonassen has a BBA and 12 years experience in accounting in both the public and corporate sector. Continued my career in non-profit and spent 6 years as the controller for Marymount College. She is currently teaching part time through the Putnam County School District. A materials fee of $7 to 9 is payable to the instructor at the first class.


3 Sessions $ 71 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 53)
Wed., 9/26; 10/10 & Mon., 10/22 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School
NOTE: Date changes


QuickBooks and Other Accounting Software

Accounting Software ~ Online
QuickBooks for Windows and PeachTree
Accounting software classes available online include: Peachtree Accounting 2009; QuickBooks versions 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and classes in QuickBooks Payroll and QuickBooks for Contractors. Visit ed2go.com/ridgefield