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Gain Marketable Skills!

Interested in pursuing a new career path or updating existing skills? We offer a variety of diverse trainings aligned with current business and industry needs. Increase your competitive edge and improve your odds of acquiring that new job.

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Certified Production Technician (CPT) 

The purpose of the Certified Production Technician (CPT) program is to recognize through certification individuals who demonstrate mastery of the core competencies of manufacturing production at the front-line (entry-level through front-line supervisor) through successful completion of certification assessments. The CPT program raises the level of performance of production workers to both assist individuals in finding higher-wage jobs and help employers ensure their workforce increases the company’s productivity and competitiveness. The CPT program consists of four individual certificate modules: Safety; Quality Practices & Measurement; Manufacturing Processes & Production; and Maintenance Awareness.  andidates must earn the first four certificates to receive the full CPT certification. Individuals demonstrate their understanding of the core skills and knowledge through assessments based upon Manufacturing Skill Standards Council’s (MSSC) industry-defined, nationally-validated skill standards. This course will be held in hybrid model with online instruction supported by in-person classroom “hands on” practical lab experiences. The course is offered by SUNY Schenectady’s Office of Workforce Development and Community Education, in partnership with Key Bank and the Center for Economic Growth. For more information, please contact Danielle Sloan at 518-289-4467 or

Community Archaeology

Want to find a way to work or volunteer in the area? Explore opportunities available in archaeology by enrolling in a variety of individual courses or work toward a Certificate of Proficiency in Archaeology by completing six courses and acquiring 60 hours of lab and fieldwork.

Introduction to Craft Brewing

This course provides a basic understanding of brewing and distillation skills, working in a manufacturing environment, safety, and microbiology. Topics covered include: brewing science, beer maturation and storage, beer processing and packaging, quality and process control, plant safety and sanitation, malting, mashing, brewing, fermentation, finishing, and distillation basics. This course will consist of lecture and lab training in the classroom and at regional breweries. In addition to directed studies, students will enhance their brewing knowledge through assigned reading and writing exercises and visits to local breweries. The goal of this course is to provide a pool of trained, entry level brewers in the growing craft beer industry. This course is developed and overseen by regional breweries and distillers. For more information, please contact Maria Kotary at 518-595-1101, ext. 4 or Students must be 18 years of age or older. 


Build your career in healthcare and choose from a variety of settings including assisted living facilities, long-term care centers, rehabilitation facilities and patient homes. We offer a broad range of healthcare training including Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Community Health Worker (CHA), Home Health Aide (HHA), Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), EMT Refresher, Personal Care Assistant (PCA) and PCA Upgrade to HHA. 

Online Courses

We offer a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of our courses are led by expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known. Our online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient, and geared just for you. We offer on-line courses in a variety of topic areas such as Languages, SAT prep, Writing and Publishing, Technology, Computer Applications, Accounting and Finances, Media and Design, Pet certifications and much more.

Upright Career Bootcamps

Upright's Career Bootcamps teach adult learners the skills they need to enter a new career in tech. The purpose of these courses is to take students from beginner to employable. Career Bootcamps include Career Services and access to Upright's Employer Network.

  • Part-time.
  • Immersive courses for career outcomes.
  • Hands-on learning through projects, labs, and exerices

Upright Bootcamps Include:

Notary Public Review

Interested in becoming a Notary Public? This course prepares you for the NYS Notary Public exam and provides a comprehensive view of the Notary Public Office. 

Computer Software

Become more marketable in an office environment. Take individual courses or earn a Basic Computer Software Specialist Certificate with the completion of four courses in Windows, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

College Transition

Interested in attending college for the first time, retraining in a new field, or returning to college after a long absence? This comprehensive college support program is designed just for you! You’ll review and build skills in college-level reading, writing, and math required for course placement. Learn to navigate the college application, admissions, and financial aid processes. Start your educational journey with us!

CRHRA Strategic Credit Series

Having trouble finding those elusive strategic business credits for your Human Resources recertification? We partner with the Capital Region Human Resource Association (CRHRA) to offer seminars for Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Strategic credit.

Small Business

Interested in starting a small business or learning to move forward in the business world? These courses give you the knowledge you need. 

Supply Chain, Warehousing, and Logistics

Are you interested in a career in the field of logistics to pursue a job in a warehouse, distribution center, grocery store or moving company? These entry level positions work to store and distribute materials and products for shipment.

21st Century Career Readiness Credential

Want to give yourself an edge when applying for a job? Learn the practical and interactive soft skills employers are always seeking. This program gives you the tools needed to be competitive in the marketplace.