Non-Credit Classes Offered Through Continuing and Professional Education Touch on Variety of Topics

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- The Continuing and Professional Education staff at SUNY Orange announces six new enrichment courses that headline the College’s fall non-credit offerings.

The news classes include “Botanical Drawing,” “Flower Pressing and Preserving,” “Introduction to the Stock Market,” “Tarot 101: Introduction to the Tarot,” “Medicare 101” and “Zoonotic Diseases: When Animal Diseases Spill Over to Humans.”

For information on the College’s full array of fall non-credit offerings--which include classes in adult basic education, career preparation, business and professional development, healthcare, computers, technology and science--please contact the CAPE Department at (845) 341-4890 or visit

Following are descriptions of the classes:

Botanical Drawing: Sept. 22, 6 p.m.; Devitt Center for Botany and Horticulture, Middletown campus; 1 session
Illustrate colorful Fall leaves and berries using color pencils. Review drawing basics: form, tone and color; become familiar with drawing materials; observe your subject; and do a tonal drawing before finishing it with color.

Flower Pressing and Preserving: Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m.; Devitt Center for Botany and Horticulture, Middletown campus; 1 session
Learn effective methods of selecting, picking, conditioning, and sectioning of flowers, as well as artistic effects and pressing methods. Taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener.

Introduction to the Stock Market; Sept. 21 & 28, 6 to 9 p.m., Harriman Hall Room 101, Middletown campus;; 2 sessions
Participants will learn the fundamentals of investing, basic terminology, evaluating and minimizing risk through diversification, and how to understand market news and financial information. Each student will learn through an individual case study.

Tarot 101: Introduction to the Tarot: Thursdays, Sept. 1 through Oct. 6, 6 to 9 p.m.; Tower Building Room 309, Newburgh campus; 6 sessions
You don’t have to be a medium to read the Tarot cards. Tap into your intuition and a willingness to trust your gut reactions. Learn basic meanings of the 78 cards and do readings with other class members. To participate, you will need to purchase the Rider Waite Deck and bring a pen and pad.

Medicare 101: Oct. 15, 10 a.m.; Harriman Hall Room 201, Middletown campus; 1 session
Medicare 101: Nov. 15, 6 p.m.; Kaplan Hall Room 207, Newburgh campus; 1 session
Do you need to better understand Medicare and how it works? Learn how and when to enroll, learn about insurance options, Medicare Parts A,B,C and D, Prescription Drug Plans, Supplement Insurance, and Medicare Advantage Plans. Instructor has an MBA, MS and is a Licensed Agent.

Zoonotic Diseases: When Animal Diseases Spill Over to Humans: Oct. 6 & 13, 7 p.m.; Kaplan Hall Room 207, Newburgh campus; 2 sessions
Zoonotic diseases are the number one group of animal diseases that has been responsible for millions of human deaths worldwide: SARS, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and MERS are examples. Future forecasting is key to prevention, and new techniques will be examined. For animal owners, agricultural workers, nurses, vet techs, public health professionals and others. The instructor is a registered nurse with master’s degrees from Long Island University and New Institute of Technology, and is a member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

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