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* Real Estate
* Selling on eBay

* Business
* Careers - Career Assessment, Resumes, Interviews, LinkedIn, Job Search Techniques
* Social Media - FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn
* Elder Law
* Voice-Overs
* Home Staging

Scroll down. The classes are NOT listed in chronological order.

Also check out the computer / technology section for the Microsoft Office, iPhone, iPad, Websites with Wix, Photoshop Elements, Cyber Security, and Google Docs classes.


eBay ~ Day and Evening


How to Sell Items on eBay
You have used or collectible items that you'd like to try selling through eBay but aren't sure how to get started. This class can help. You'll learn how to set up accounts with eBay and PayPal and how to price and prepare the right items for sale. You'll also discover how to list your items to increase your chances of a sale, how to work with buyers, how to ship your items, and how to deal with any problems that arise. Technology journalist and eBay seller Lance Whitney will show you the tricks and techniques for successful selling on eBay. Lance Whitney is a technology journalist and the author of the book Teach Yourself Visually LinkedIn. He has also written a book on Windows 8. He currently writes for TechRepublic, ZDNet, PCMag, and other technology sites. Previously, he was a system administrator 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)
Thur., 7/22 from 1 to 3 p.m.; live, interactive instruction via Zoom


Buying and Selling On eBay
Prerequisite: Basic computer and Internet skills. Class 1 will cover all the basic information about eBay: setting up an account, understanding all the terms used, reviewing eBay fees, and purchasing items. Class 2 will focus on selling: evaluating your own items, determining the starting price, and shipping. Instructor Eileen Burton will bring in her own item to demonstrate the actual process of selling by putting it up for sale on eBay. She has taught numerous classes about eBay using experience gained from selling items there from her collectibles business. She also shares her years of extensive experience by teaching courses in iPhone, iPad, genealogy and related subjects.

2 sessions (4 hours) $ 79 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 63)
Available Fall 2021. Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call (203) 431-2812.


Careers/Job Search ~ One on One Sessions


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
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.

Fri., 7/30 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 8/6 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 8/13 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 8/20 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 8/27 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 9/24 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/1 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/8 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/15 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/29 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 11/5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 11/12 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 11/19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 12/3 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 12/10 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 12/17 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 1/7 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 1/14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 1/21 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom

Fri., 1/28 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom



Job Search and Interview Techniques ~ 1 on 1
Covers topics such as: 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 -- (including one on one practice) -- 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 Session $ 49
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.

Fri., 7/30 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 8/6 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 8/13 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 8/20 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 8/27 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 9/24 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/1 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/8 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/15 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/22 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 10/29 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 11/5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 11/12 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 11/19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 12/3 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 12/10 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 12/17 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 1/7 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 1/14 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom
Fri., 1/21 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom

Fri., 1/28 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Zoom



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. Lance Whitney is a technology journalist and the author of the book Teach Yourself Visually LinkedIn. He has also written a book on Windows 8. He currently writes for TechRepublic, ZDNet, PCMag, and other technology sites. Previously, he was a system administrator 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)
Available Fall 2021. Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call (203) 431-2812.


Introduction to LinkedIn
This class will show you the steps needed to create a LinkedIn profile to promote your professional achievements. Whether you already have a profile that you started but never completed or you need help creating one, this course will offer the knowledge you need to succeed with LinkedIn. Beyond creating your profile, you will learn how to build your network by connecting with other professionals. We will also cover the steps for posting updates, following other people, asking for recommendations, and joining specialized groups. Lance Whitney is a technology journalist and the author of the book Teach Yourself Visually LinkedIn. He has also written a book on Windows 8. He currently writes for TechRepublic, ZDNet, PCMag, and other technology sites. Previously, he was a system administrator with Ciba Specialty Chemicals. He's taught a variety of continuing education courses at Ridgefield Continuing Education for several years.

Available Fall 2021. Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call (203) 431-2812.


Elder Law Seminars



Elder Law and Estate Planning: Asset Protection Trusts and Revocable Living Trusts
Protect your assets, avoid probate and taxes, and preserve your quality of life. Asset Protection Trusts protect your resources from long term care. Revocable Living Trusts avoid probate and conservatorship. Retirement Plan Trusts protect your children if they get divorced or sued. Trusts give you protection and control. You say what goes in, what comes out, and who does what. Plan and protect! Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: comparison of Revocable Living Trusts and Irrevocable Trusts, pros and cons of probate, Medicaid and VA Aid and Attendance payment of long term care, the mechanics of how trusts work, and new laws regarding Powers of Attorney.

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. 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.

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. 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.

1 Session $ 29 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 23)
6:30 to 8 p.m.; live, interactive instruction via Zoom
Available Fall 2021. Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call (203) 431-2812.


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.

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. 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.

1 Session $ 29 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 23)
6:30 to 8 p.m.; live, interactive instruction via Zoom
Available Fall 2021. Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call (203) 431-2812.



Voice-Overs


Voice-Overs . . . NOW is YOUR Time!
In what could be the most enlightening ONLINE class you have ever taken, our instructor and professional voice coach will show you how you can actually begin using your speaking voice for commercials, films, videos, and more. Most people go about it the wrong way. In this introductory class, you will learn about a unique, outside the box way to break into this creative, fulfilling, and potentially lucrative industry. Voice-overs can be managed on your own terms, on your own turf, in your own time, and with minimal overhead! Whether you choose to pursue voice-overs part-time or full-time, this could be the game changer you have been looking for. In addition to online instruction, you will be given the opportunity to book a 1-on-1 script read and voice evaluation via telephone with your instructor for the following day. This class will be presented via Zoom, you will receive a link the 24 hours prior to the class. Instructor Nicole Porche built her career as a professional film, television, theater and voice-over actor by demystifying the casting process and illuminating the business side of pursuing a creative career. This native New Orleanian has starred in series on the major networks Lifetime, The Food Network and Spike TV. Her years of experience in the film industry has afforded her the opportunity to teach others. She has earned her credits as an Acting Coach, Casting Director, Producer and Film Director. She has been featured in Rolling Out and Celebrity Net Worth "The Richest". Nicole Porche is living her dreams by helping others figure out how to live theirs. Nicole built her career as a professional film, television, theatre, and voice-over actor by demystifying the casting process and illuminating the business side of pursuing a creative career.

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 25)
Sat., 10/2 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Annex


1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 25)
Wed., 10/27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Zoom



Real Estate


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. Tim Hastings is a realtor with Neumann Real Estate, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate in Ridgefield. Barry London is the Regional Vice-President of Weichert, Realtors Madison and Post's Ridgefield and Westport Offices, is a Director on the Ridgefield Board of Realtors, and is a member of the Weichert Directors and Multi-Million Dollar Clubs.

The next session will start when a consistent in person class scheduled can be developed. Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to be added to the notification list.

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

22 Sessions; 60 hour course (allows for 2 absences). Weather/make ups added to the schedule if needed.
Starts 2021.

Mondays: dates to be added from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: dates to be added from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Thursdays: dates to be added from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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


Want to Teach Real Estate?

Real Estate brokers, sales people, property inspectors, and appraisers - join our veteran instructors in teaching real estate to prospective sales people - Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for information.


Real Estate Brokers License

In order to qualify for a Connecticut Broker license, the Connecticut Real Estate Commission requirements are as listed at https://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 in 2021. Please phone (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for information or to register.


Home Staging

Please see the Interiors, Decor, Staging, Organizing, Downsizing, Remodeling, Building, and Antiques section.


QuickBooks and Other Accounting Software

Accounting Software ~ Online

QuickBooks for Windows and other software
Accounting software classes available online include: numerous versions of QuickBooks, classes in QuickBooks Payroll and QuickBooks for Contractors. Visit ed2go.com/ridgefield