By David Kohn
Director of Continuing and Professional Education

Photo: David KohnFor many residents of Orange County, education is a lifelong pursuit that extends far beyond receipt of a high school diploma or completion of an advanced degree program.
Continuing education can open doors to a new career field, lead to higher-paying job opportunities or boost self-confidence through personal enrichment.

The staff and faculty at SUNY Orange understand that Orange County residents have a wide array of interests and needs, so through our Continuing and Professional Education division we have developed a myriad of programs we hope will help folks fulfill their educational dreams and personal ambitions.

While we offer a multitude of professional certificate programs, workforce development classes and community enrichment courses that cater to individual needs, we also are a vital resource to local businesses, health care providers and nonprofit organizations striving to strengthen the viability and efficiency of their organizations.

Offering the public an inventory of community enrichment programs is a long-standing tradition of the College and a bedrock of SUNY Orange’s mission as a community college.
If you want to learn to play the guitar, you can do it at SUNY Orange. We can also help you become conversant in a foreign language, master your digital camera, conquer a computer software program, discover the joys of ballroom dancing or save money on your auto insurance with our defensive driving course. Additionally, we boast a strong and robust English as a Second Language program that has helped countless residents over the years.

If you are looking for a professional boost or a career change, certificate programs in real estate, insurance, pharmacy technician, medical office assistant and Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) training are just a sampling of what is available.

SUNY Orange is also a leader in workforce development, collaborating with the Orange County One Stop Career Centers in both Middletown and Newburgh to strengthen the capacity of individuals to secure employment, re-enter the workforce and remain employed.
While we prepare folks to enter the workforce, we are also committed to enhancing the efficiencies and productivity of existing workers throughout the county. Our Business Solutions and Professional Development division offers programs for all classifications of employees, from entry level through management to senior leadership.

In response to the needs of local businesses, we recently launched a program that assists them in Implementing a Customer-Centric Culture, and have enhanced our Supervisory Management and Service Excellence offerings. Our recent clients for these and other program offerings include Crystal Run Village; Keller Army Community Hospital; Occupations, Inc.; Crystal Run Healthcare; Elant; and Orange Regional Medical Center on the above-mentioned programs.

The healthcare industry is one of the fastest growing fields, and nowhere is that trend more noticeable than Orange County. SUNY Orange is committed to addressing the training and educational requirements of local healthcare providers by creating or adapting programs that will keep both employees and providers on the leading edge of their ever-changing field.

As we seek to aid businesses as they compete for their share of the marketplace, our Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management is an innovative tool for area nonprofits who now find themselves operating in an increasingly competitive environment.
Students of the Institute attend classes and special events that address relevant issues facing nonprofits, including enhancing business skills, recruiting volunteers, receiving funding and complying with a complex maze of legal requirements.

The Institute’s certificate program begins Jan. 25 with a course in Roles and Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards. It will be led by Dr. John D’Ambrosio, president of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce; and Glen Heller of Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, PLLC.

Here at SUNY Orange, we truly feel we have something to offer just about everyone in the county. To request a free course bulletin or for more information, please call Continuing and Professional Education at (845) 341-4890, or visit our web site at

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