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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 - (for Staging - scroll down)

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. Raymond Hastings is an experienced REALTOR® who has also taught many Real Estate classes throughout Connecticut for many years.  Jack Baldaserini is an experienced REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ridgefield, CT. Joe Monaco is an experienced broker in New York, previously with William Pitt Realty in Ridgefield, CT. 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

22 Sessions; 60 hour course (allows for 2 absences and a snow day)
Starts Monday, March 5

Mondays: 3/5, 12, 19, 26; 4/2, 16, 23, 30; 5/7, 14
Tuesdays: 3/27; 4/24; 5/15
Wednesdays: 3/7, 14, 21, 28; 4/4, 18, 25; 5/2, 9, 16
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)

Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call (203) 431-2812 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 Monday, March 5 (per schedule above). Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or call (203) 431-2812 for information or to register.


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
Thur., 9/28 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; Veteran's Park School
Fri., 9/29 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)
Other days/times available.
Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.



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., 11/17 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)
Fri., 12/1 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)
Other days/times available. Please call (203) 431-2812 or 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

Fri., 11/17 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)
Fri., 12/15 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)
Other days/times available. Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.



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., 12/8 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)
Other days/times available. Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.


Staging

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 Jean 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)
Wed., 10/11 from from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Preparing Your Home for the Market (or to Enjoy it Yourself)
Lonnie Shapiro, co-author of the Connecticut issue of How to Make Your REALTOR® Get You the Best Deal, presents a general discussion of what buyers see when they look at a house and the before and after benefits of staging. She has arranged a variety of guest speakers including professional stagers and a professonal organizer who will explain what you should start doing. There will be a panel discussion including a building inspector and an attorney who will provide more information on additional ways to prepare for your eventual sale. Instructor Lonnie Shapiro, GRI, CRS, Ridgefield realtor for over 30 years, now with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is co-author of the Connecticut issue of How to Make Your REALTOR® Get You the Best Deal.

Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com for Winter or Spring dates.


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! Most people go about it the wrong way. In this class, you will learn about a unique, outside the box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full or part-time careers out there! 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! And NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices like never before. This exciting and fun class could be the game changer you’ve been looking for! Instructor Bridget Renshaw is a voice-over artist, comedy writer and comedian. With eight years of experience in the voice-over industry, you’ve heard Bridget Renshaw’s voice in commercials, animations, voice dubbing, corporate videos, eLearning and video games. She has voiced many commercials for companies including Samsung, Audible, Transitions Lenses, Scholastic, Simple Skincare, and Classic Mazda. Spanish Telenovela English translations and character work on various video games, eLearning projects and animated videos are also common occurrences in Bridget’s day-to-day voice-over routine. Bridget loves to teach others and talk to people about following their passions in life, especially voice-over!

1 Session $ 31 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 24)
Mon., 10/2 from 7 to 9 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



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 CBS MoneyWatch, PCMag, and other personal technology websites and publications. He’s also written books on Windows 8 and social networks. Previously, he was a network administrator and software trainer with Ciba Specialty Chemicals. He’s taught a variety of continuing education courses at Ridgefield for the past several years.

2 hours $ 44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 35)
Thur., 10/12 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)

2 hours $ 44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 35)
Thur., 12/7 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)


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
Fri., 10/13 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)
Fri., 12/1 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)
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
Fri., 10/20 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)

Fri., 12/8 from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Venus Building (old high school)
Other days/times available. Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.


Pinterest Intro for Personal or Business Use - 1 on 1 Course
If you want an online file of images of your interests, hobbies or business products such as favorite recipes, fashions, home decor, wedding ideas, gardening, antiques, art history, or travel, Pinterest is the ideal visual and social media crowd-sourcing site. Pinterest intersects the visual and social media revolution and ranks just behind Facebook and Twitter as one of the most powerful social media sites with 25 million unique monthly visitors. Users are even allowed “secret boards” to pin family and travel photos. Group boards for multi-pinners can be created. Pinterest also allows businesses to create a “virtual storefront” to promote their businesses online, to connect with clients and to attract new clients. This class reviews how to set up your Pinterest profile, create boards, pin and share images, access others’ images via pins or via the web, and follow others with similar interests. Personal, business, and educational uses of Pinterest will be discussed. Instructor Linda Keefer uses her 85,000 Pinterest images for her interior design classes and has close to 35,000 followers on Pinterest. She works with small businesses to help them design their Pinterest profiles to develop relationships with clients and attract new clients. One on one sessions available most Friday afternoons or other days/times.
Available as a tutorial - Call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.


Elder Law Seminar


Protect Yourself with Trusts
Learn how to use Trusts to avoid probate, minimize estate taxes, preserve IRA funds, provide for disabled family members, protect assets from Medicaid, and protect your estate from your children’s creditors.  Plan and protect!   Preserve control over your affairs during incapacity, and avoid litigation and conservatorship.  Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: Wills, Revocable Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, IRA Trusts, Special Needs Trusts, Testamentary Trusts, Beneficiary Designations, 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). Register your care giver or an additional family member for a reduced price of $15 for each additional family member ($11 for Ridgefield residents age 62 or older, or disabled).


1 Session $ 29 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 22)
Wednesday, October 18 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.; East Ridge Middle School



Elder Law Strategies for Long Term Care and Asset Protection
Learn how to protect your home, savings and independence.  Elder Law attorneys Thomas E. Murphy and Michele F. Murphy of Danbury will address these urgent questions:  Should I transfer my house to my kids?  How can a trust protect my assets?  How can I use Medicaid (Title 19) for long term care?  How can I get income from Veterans Affairs?  How can I avoid probate?  Preserve your independence and quality of life, and avoid running out of funds.  Attorneys Murphy explain using trusts, annuities and asset transfers to protect your assets and income and qualify for  VA Aid & Attendance pension (up to $2,120/month) and Medicaid benefits (for home care or nursing home), and Probate Avoidance through Revocable Living Trusts. 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). Register your care giver or an additional family member for a reduced price of $15 for each additional family member ($11 for Ridgefield residents age 62 or older, or disabled).


1 Session $ 29 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 22)
Wednesday, November 15 from 6:30 to 8:00 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., 10/18, 25 & 11/1 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Venus Building (old high school)


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


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 $ 82 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 65)
Mon., 9/25 & 10/2 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)


4 hours $ 82 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 65)
Tue., 11/28 & 12/5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon; Venus Building (old high school)


Web Sites

Web Site Basics 1 on 1 Course

Prerequisite: Good Internet, word processing and file management skills.
Students will gain a useful background into the structure of web pages. We will learn about HTML, the software behind a site, view some basic HTML code (HyperText Markup Language) and to see how a web page is created. We will learn about key words, Google Analytics, SEO (search engine optimization), how to obtain a domain name, locate web hosting space. Finally, use of ftp (file transfer protocol) to transfer your files to the Internet will be demonstrated. Instructor Peggy Bruno, a certified teacher, has trained adults in computer applications for many years. She has developed computer courses and trained thousands of adults in computer applications over a 25 year period. She previously worked in corporate marketing and information services. She has also taught Microsoft Office at the community college level. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Available as a tutorial -
Call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to schedule.


Internet

Internet Basics for Beginners
This introductory course begins with an overview, followed by the concepts and terminology needed to get you googling and searching the web for specific information, as well as to download information and pictures. Also covers email (gmail) attachments, save, and print. Prior use of the mouse and knowledge of the keyboard is required. Bring your email password with you. Instructor Andrea Ragusa is a professional educator with 12 years teaching and 20 years administration experience. She enjoys working with seniors and currently teaches and coordinates computer classes at the Wilton Senior Center. She lives in Wilton with her husband Anthony and her dog.

2 hours $ 44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 35)
Thur., 9/28 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)



Outlook

Outlook 2013 for Windows Intro
Prerequisite: Basic word processing skills. Learn to create and edit email; use signature and formatting to customize email; attach images and files to email; create and manage folders; create and edit contact lists (address book) and calendars. Instructor Peggy Bruno, a certified teacher, has trained adults in computer applications for many years. She has developed computer courses and trained thousands of adults in computer applications over a 25 year period. She previously worked in corporate marketing and information services. She has also taught Microsoft Office at the community college level. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Michigan. Instructor Lizabeth Doty, a professional educator for over 35 years, has trained students in business applications including word processing and database/spreadsheet management as well as courses in office procedures. She is a Ridgefield resident and is currently Wilton’s Coordinator for Senior Activities. She holds a BS and MA from New York University and an MA from Holy Apostles College, and a NY Superintendent's Certification.
2 hours $44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $35) (+$4-5 mtls.)
Please email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com or phone (203) 431-2812.

2 hours $44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $35)
Wed., 10/11 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)



iPhone

iPhone Quick Start
iPhone Quick Start will help you quickly gain confidence in using your new iPhone. The class focuses on the fundamentals: phoning, Internet, messaging, FaceTime, apps, and use of the camera and in addition offers tips for advanced use. For users of iPhone 5, 6, 6 plus, 7 and 7 plus. Please bring your iPhone, Apple ID and password to class. 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.

2 hours $ 44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 35)
Thur., 9/28 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; Venus Building (old high school)

2 hours $ 44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 35)
Thur., 10/26 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)


Get the Most Out of Your iPhone
Just bought an iPhone, but want to get more out of it? This class will show you the ins and outs of Apple’s popular smartphone. Bring your iPhone to our wireless classroom and see how to use e-mail, calendar, maps, and other basic programs. Learn how to take photos and videos, listen to music and podcasts, and organize your apps. We’ll also look at Apple’s App Store where you can download a wide variety of apps, both free and paid. Please bring your iPhone, Apple ID and password to class. Instructor Lance Whitney is a freelance writer for CBS MoneyWatch, PCMag, and other personal technology websites and publications. He’s also written books on Windows 8 and social networks. Previously, he was a network administrator and software trainer with Ciba Specialty Chemicals. He’s taught a variety of continuing education courses at Ridgefield for the past several years.

2 hours $ 44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 35)
Fri., 11/17 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)



iPad

iPad Quick Start
iPad Quick Start will help you quickly gain confidence in using your new iPad. The class focuses on the fundamentals: Internet, messaging, FaceTime, apps, and use of the camera and in addition offers tips for advanced use. Please bring your iPad, Apple ID and password to class. 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.

2 hours $ 44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 35)
Wed., 9/27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)

2 hours $ 44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 35)
Tue., 11/14 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon; Venus Building (old high school)


Get the Most Out of Your iPad
Just bought an iPad and want to get more out of it? This class will show you the ins and outs of Apple’s popular tablet. Bring your iPad to our wireless classroom and see how to use e-mail, calendar, maps, and other core programs. Learn how to take photos and videos, listen to music and podcasts, and organize your apps. We’ll also look at Apple’s App Store where you can download a wide variety of apps, both free and paid. Please bring your iPad, Apple ID and password to class.
Instructor Lance Whitney is a freelance writer for CBS MoneyWatch, PCMag, and other personal technology websites and publications. He’s also written books on Windows 8 and social networks. Previously, he was a network administrator and software trainer with Ciba Specialty Chemicals. He’s taught a variety of continuing education courses at Ridgefield for the past several years.

2 hours $ 44 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 35)
Fri., 1/26 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; Venus Building (old high school)