Advanced Skills for Driving Instructors (ASDI)
With the basics in hand, participants will now learn the procedures for instructing students in more advanced topics such as maintaining control of the vehicle while avoiding crashes and injury to pedestrians. Braking skills will be featured as well as the proper methods for driving through a skid. Participants will learn the methods for relaying concentration tips to their students and exercises for increasing reaction time. Throughout the entire course, students will train behind the wheel under the tutorship of a skilled professional.
(Su) 5/24, 5/31 (ASDI-1)
8:00am – 4:00pm
Advanced Defensive Driving (ADD)
This course is designed as a follow-up to Defensive Driving and will take the skills developed in the introductory course to the next tier. Operators of both passenger cars and commercial vehicles may take advantage of this course, but only after first attending a class in introductory Defensive Driving. Concepts learned on line are applied behind the wheel of a car and students will address more advanced levels of maneuverability. Emphasis will be placed on environmental issues caused by inclement weather. Various driving exercises will be implemented to test the students’ skills in reaction time and concentration.
(Su) 4/5, 4/12 (ADD-3)
8:00am – 4:00pm
Commercial Driving CDL A/B Combination Class (CDL)
As the trucking industry continues to grow, so does the need for qualified motor vehicle operators. With this course, you will be able to prepare to take the certification exams for the Class A and Class B Commercial Driver’s License. With the Class A CDL, you will be able to operate large tractor-trailer trucks, and with the Class B license, smaller trucks as well as busses. The course offers a combination of online instruction and hands-on driver training. In the virtual classroom, you will learn about the trucking industry and the manner in which large vehicles are operated. Learn about engines and transmission systems, braking systems and operating a vehicle in adverse conditions. Develop your knowledge base so that following the instructional portion of the course you can successfully pass the CDL permit exam. Once you have obtained the permit and completed a physical examination and background check, you can then take up to 25 hours of driving on the road to prepare for the road test. You will be eligible to take a total of two road tests. In order to apply for a CDL, you must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and possess no felony convictions.
Commercial Driving CDL A Class (CDLA)
As the trucking industry continues to grow, so does the need for qualified motor vehicle operators. With this course, you will be able to prepare to take the certification exam for the Class A Commercial Driver’s License. By earning the Class A CDL, you will be able to operate large tractor-trailer trucks. Once you have obtained your CDL permit and completed a physical examination and background check, you can then take up to 22.5 hours of driving on the road to prepare for the road test. You will be eligible to take a total of two road tests. In order to apply for a CDL, you must be at least 21 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and possess no felony convictions.
Dates: (Su) 12/18/2016 – 6/18/2017 (CDLA-1)
Times: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Defensive Driving (DD)
This course is designed specifically for people that need to “up their game” by becoming more experienced defensive drivers. Through a combination online and hands-on program, students will learn the essentials of what it means to drive defensively including how to maneuver vehicles through various environmental challenges and hazardous road conditions. Working side-by-side with an expert driver, students will operate a variety of vehicles and learn tips for increasing their concentration on the road, fundamental practices for avoiding skidding and hydroplaning, and maintaining car control.
(Su) 4/5, 4/12 (DD-3)
8:00am – 4 pm
Driving Skills for the Open Road (DSOR)
Through a combination of on-line and in-car learning, students will apply their driving skills and knowledge to a variety of roadways including urban, suburban, highway and country roads. Maneuverability along straightaways and hilly curves will test each driver’s mettle in tackling real world driving. Reaction time will be assessed by instructors and coaching will be provided to enhance one’s driving capabilities. The course will also offer instruction in methods for maintaining maximum vehicle performance in different weather conditions.
Saturdays and Fridays, September 3rd – October 28th, 2016 (DSOR-7)
Saturdays and Fridays, October 8th – December 2nd, 2016 (DSOR-8)
8:00am – 4:00 pm
Electrical Wiring: The Fundamentals (EWF)
In this hands-on course, students will review the theory and practices of electricity and develop the skills to install, maintain and repair electrical systems in homes and businesses. Working with an expert in the field, students will build upon a foundation of electrical principles to acquire knowledge of the standards of electrical measurement and the functions of circuitry. Participants will be able to install wire and cable, electrical boxes and panels, wall switches and electrical panels, breakers and arrestors, and a variety of lighting fixtures. Students will also learn how to install electrical heating systems, backup power supplies, and replace most common electrical components such as plugs and cords. When the course is completed, students will be able to use their new skills in the home or toward a career in the field of electrical work in residential, commercial and industrial environments.
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8/30, 9/1, 9/6, 9/8, 9/13, 9/15, 9/20, 9/22/2016 (EWF-1)
Times: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
First Gear to Commercial Driving (FFCD)
This course is designed specifically for the individual that wants to learn the information required to pass the written CDL exam in the State of Pennsylvania without taking driver training. Presented through an on-line platform, you will become familiar with requirements from vehicle inspection for both the cab and trailer to recognizing hazards on the open road. Learn to conduct preventive maintenance plus diagnose problems requiring repair. Dive into the mechanics of the various internal systems including brakes, fuel and lubrication, and suspension. Discover how electrical systems and electronic components are integrated into the vehicle and learn principles for handling cargo. Once you have taken this course then you will be prepared to take the State of Pennsylvania written permit exam for the commercial driver license. Because this is an online course, you will need to arrange for vehicle driving on your own.
Foundations of Automobile Consulting (FAC)
This course is for those interested in taking their product knowledge of automobiles and developing the skills to sell vehicles in the showroom and on the Internet. In a hybrid class of online and hands-on instruction, students will learn the fundamentals for conducting the sale. They will learn the basics of greeting customers and building customer rapport, prospecting for new customers, and negotiation strategies. Students will then learn how to overcome objections to a potential sale. Working with a skilled professional, students will learn the correct methods for presenting customers with the features of a vehicle and conducting a demonstration during a test drive. Lastly, students will learn the correct procedures for closing the sale.
Saturdays and Fridays, September 3rd – November 25th, 2016 (FAC-1)
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Saturdays and Fridays, October 8th, 2016 – January 6th, 2017 (FAC-2)
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Fundamentals of Internet Journalism (FIJ)
With the advent of the Internet, a variety of career specialties have opened up as a result of changing technology. In addition, exciting opportunities have been created for others with traditional skills. This is a course, then, for students that want to turn toward a career as a writer for the Web by using their love of driving as a focal point for their articles. A perfect combination of journalism and automobile interest, students will research multiple vehicles from the everyday family car to the fastest most exotic cars on the road, evaluate features, operate the vehicles, record their observations, and write about their impressions of what they witnessed. And since not everyone is a seasoned writer, the course contains an online component that will guide participants through what they need to know about sentence and paragraph construction, grammatical nuance, and positioning their article for the proper reading audience. By course completion, students will have captured the essentials necessary to begin posting regular evaluative articles and blogs on the Internet and move toward a new career as a Web writer. A valid driver’s license is required to take this course.
August 6 – August 27 (FIJ-3)
8:00 AM –6:00 PM
Generator Maintenance and Repair (GMR)
This course is designed to prepare students to develop skills that they can be used either personally or professionally on the job. Expert instructors will address all aspects of generators from those used in residential environments, to those used commercially and for recreational purposes. Students will learn the terminology associated with generators, electrical circuitry, carburetor functionality, and the principles for operating equipment safely according to OSHA standards.
Dates: (M, W) 11/14, 11/16, 11/21, 11/28, 11/30, 12/5/2016 (GMR-1)
Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Golf Instruction Foundations (GIF)
In this course, students interested in applying their expertise in the game of golf will gain insight into teaching others to play as well. Students will learn to take learners through the basics of putting, swinging, pitching, and chipping and watch as they begin to develop confidence in their ability. The course will provide students with the direction to develop into a quality teacher by reviewing the way in which people learn and addressing how best to teach different audiences. As a result of taking this course, participants will discover methods to help the novice golfer overcome potential frustration, come out swinging and take advantage of the golf course waiting to be played.
7/12, 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23, 8/30/2016 (GIF-3)
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Learn effective and efficient procedures to professionally detail cars and trucks. In this course, you will gain a thorough understanding of procedures for preparing a vehicle for washing, the precautions for performing detailing in the engine bay, and the use of tools and equipment to clean, polish, wax, seal and dress an automobile. Learn to differentiate between hot water extractors, ozone machines, pressure washers and various vacuum systems. Discover how to use detailing chemicals, remove scratches, neutralize odors, and condition leather. In addition, gain insight into proper equipment maintenance, paint technology, and oxidation. From the skills developed in this course under the guidance of a subject matter expert, you will be able to perform detailing operations on your own automobile or seek entry into the profession.
Introduction to Automobile Technology (IAT)
This course is for those interested in taking their product knowledge of automobiles a step further by developing a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the impact technology has had on the industry. In this hybrid course, students will learn about the developments of motor vehicles from their inception to the modern day, with particular attention toward technical aspects of the automobile: engines, drive trains and braking systems. Overriding the entire course will be how the transition toward safe driving has evolved from the way early vehicles negotiated poor road conditions, to the integration of safety features into the body of today’s automobile. Participants will learn firsthand behind the wheel how changes in aerodynamics and enhancements with the construction of the auto chassis have created today’s vastly improved performance automobiles. A valid driver’s license will be necessary for anyone to take the course.
Dates: Saturdays and Fridays, September 3rd – November 25th, 2016
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Introduction to Automobile Dispatching (IAD)
This course is for those interested in learning about the role of a vehicle dispatcher, the reasons for dispatching, and benefits of the service. Since most large companies that require a fleet of vehicles for providing services employ staff that can think on their feet, opportunities for capable dispatchers can be high. Through a combination of on-line and in-car learning, participants will work with real life scenarios to learn the procedures and develop the skills for dispatching. Accessing current technology, maps and other relevant materials, students will lay out travel routes designed to get from place to place as quickly and safely as possible. Taking into consideration road construction, detours, time of day and environmental issues, students will travel the designated routes once they are planned to determine if their calculations were correct. In addition to the practical portion of the course, students will also learn about types of vehicles, weight specifications, commodities transported, timetables, acceptable rates and procedures for roadside assistance. A valid driver’s license will be necessary for anyone to take the course.
Dates: Saturdays and Fridays, September 3rd – November 25th, 2016 (IAD-1)
Saturdays and Fridays, October 8th, 2016 – January 6th, 2017 (IAD-2)
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Introduction to Automobile Technology (IAT)
Saturdays and Fridays, October 8th, 2016 – January 6th, 2017 (IAT-1)
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Backhoes and Excavators (IBRE-1)
Backhoes and excavators are two items of equipment used widely in today’s construction industry. This course will provide you with the skills to get a job working with such heavy machinery. Learn how to use backhoes for digging, loading sand or dirt into trucks, and clearing rubble from the ground; and excavators to create landscape grading, perform heavy lifting, and digging. This course takes place on a construction site on which you will receive hands-on training from professionals currently working in the field. Over the course of the class, you will also cover safety, proper use of controls, inspection, troubleshooting, and maintenance. You will learn all you need to know about the trade, including the insider information required to make good career choices. Proper clothing is required including long sleeved shirts, long pants, and steel toed work shoes.
Dates: (Su) 11/20, 12/4, 12/11/2016 (IBRE-1)
Times: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Introduction to Photojournalism for the Web (IPW)
This course is for those interested in developing the skills to photograph and enhance pictures to post on the Web to accompany articles, blogs and websites. Students will learn the fundamentals for framing still shots using exotic automobiles as the subject matter. They will discover the processes for highlighting exteriors as well as the various components of the interior of the car including taking shots from the driver’s perspective. Professional photographers will guide the student’s eye to highlight the most prominent features that can best sell the image to the beholder. Next, students will learn to frame and capture images of moving vehicles, compensating for speed and direction, so as to ensure a well-framed shot. With a supply of digital photographs in hand, students will then use photographic enhancement software to design the finished product ready for publication. A valid driver’s license will be necessary for anyone to take the course.
Sundays, June 26, 2016 – September 25, 2016 (IPW-6)
July 14 – August 13, 2016 (IPW-8)
August 6 – August 27 (IPW-9)
Sundays, and Satrudays, August 21st – November 19th, 2016 (IPW-10)
Sundays and Saturdays, September 4th – December 3rd, 2016 (IPW-11)
Sundays and Saturdays, October 9th – January 7th, 2017 (IPW-12)
Times: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
This course is for those interested in developing the skills to be an effective team builder and team leader. Using skills developed away from the familiarity of the work space, in this case a sports milieu, students will learn the four pillars of self-leadership, the process for creating a personal vision statement, and methods for setting up and achieving goals. Since many people identify leadership and team success with prosperous sports teams, this course is taught within the scope of a real world round of golf, providing the background to behavioral self-analysis, goal planning, developing tools for overcoming adversities, achieving effective communication and examining the stages of team creation. After completing this course, students will have the drive to rise to the occasion as a team player and lead by example.
(Th) 7/21, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25, 9/1, 9/8, 9/15 (ITB-4)
5:30pm – 8:30 pm
Introduction to Video for the Web
This course is for those interested in developing the skills to create short videos to post on the Web to accompany articles, blogs and websites. Students will learn the basics of operating a video camera for capturing movement as well as stationary images using exotic automobiles as the subject matter. They will design a brief scenario in which aspects of each subject will be addressed through establishing shots, long shots, medium shots and close-ups. Students will learn to achieve different effects from multiple angles and use natural light to capture the essence of their subject matter. Sound will be recorded using the built in microphone and a distinction in sound quality will be addressed with using an external mic. In addition, the course will be offered half online and half out-of-doors. A valid driver’s license will be necessary for anyone to take the course.
Sundays, June 26, 2016 – September 25, 2016 (IVW-2)
Sundays , July 14 – August 13, 2016 (IVW-3)
Sundays and Saturdays, August 21st – November 19th, 2016 (IVW-4)
Sundays and Saturdays, September 4th – December 3rd , 2016 (IVW-5)
Sundays and Saturdays, October 9th – January 7th, 2017 (IVW-6)
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Writing for the Web (IWW)
This course is for those interested in developing the skills to write blogs and reports to post on the Web while investigating a potential career as a freelance writer. Students will sit behind the wheel and drive high profile automobiles, including foreign-made sports cars, and use their experience on the road as the research to prepare their article. Working with our resident expert, students will assess all aspects of performance as well as the stylistic aspects of multiple vehicles. Ranking them in order by feature, students will use the information to write an article reflecting their findings. Understanding that not everyone is a natural writer, this course will feature virtual instruction in principles of writing and in the ways to create a blog for reader access. A valid driver’s license will be necessary for anyone to take the course.
Sundays and Saturdays, August 21st – November 19th, 2016 (IWW-15)
Sundays and Saturdays, September 4th – December 3rd, 2016 (IWW-16)
Sundays and Saturdays, October 9th – January 7th, 2017 (IWW-17)
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Professional Diving – Career Specialization (PDCS-1)
This course will help career-oriented divers begin their journey toward establishing a profession as an open water diver. In this course, you will participate in classroom, pool, and open water environments to develop the skills required to achieve recognition in the field. Depending upon level of expertise, your training will focus on rescue and emergency diving, wreck diving, search and recovery, and deep diving. Additional training, knowledge and experience beyond the course may be necessary to achieve various professional certifications. Please note that equipment including masks, snorkels and fins are not covered in the cost of tuition.
(Tu) 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22
6:00pm – 9:00pm
Learn effective and efficient techniques to troubleshoot, repair and maintain small engines. In this course, you will gain a thorough understanding of the workings of combustion engines and become aware of the safety protocols required for their operation and repair. Learn the proper procedures for dismantling a 2-stroke and 4-stroke engine, fix faulty parts, replace broken parts, and reassemble the machinery. In addition, you will learn the roles that compressions systems, fuel systems, electrical systems, starting systems, cooling systems and lubrication systems play in the correct operation of a small engine. From the skills developed in this course under the guidance of a subject matter expert in the field, you will be able to repair and maintain most small engines from lawn mowers to snow blowers, and everything in between.
In this hands-on course, students are introduced to the theory and practice of welding technologies. Students will review the basics of metal fabrication then practice the concepts on a project assigned by the instructor. Topics include identifying safety procedures for the welding environment, performing the most common types of welds, understanding the use of various gasses for the types of welding performed, assembling and caring for the welding apparatus, identifying the most common mistakes in welding, and welding in uncommon positions. Once the course is completed, students will be able to apply what they learned to explore a career in welding. Because heavy machinery will be used in this course, students are encouraged to wear the proper attire: steel-capped safety shoes with a full length cotton shirt and cotton pants. In addition, for those needing corrective lenses because of limited vision, eye glasses are preferred to contact lenses.
(Tu, Th) 10/18, 10/25, 11/3/2016 (WTF-3)
(Tu, Th) 11/15, 11/17, 11/22, 11/29, 12/1, 12/6/2016 (WTF-4)
(Tu, Th) 11/29, 12/1, 12/6, 12/8, 12/13, 12/15/2016 (WTF-5)
(Su) 11/27, 12/4, 12/11/2016 (WTF-6)
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Times: 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Welding: Principles of MIG and Stick Welding
In this course, students with a basic background in MIG welding will receive instruction in more sophisticated MIG techniques accompanied by an introduction to Shielded Metal Arc (Stick) Welding. Advanced metal fabrication processes will be explored as well as the differences in performing welding using the two different types of procedures and equipment. As with any welding course, the use of heavy machinery requires mandatory safety guidelines. Steel-toed work boots or steel-toed shoes are required. Clothing requirements include a long sleeve shirt and non-flammable work clothes. Synthetic, polyester, and loose weave fabrics should be avoided. For those that may need corrective lenses because of limited vision, eye glasses are preferred to contact lenses. Please note that basic experience in MIG welding is required for admission to this course.
Sundays; 2/21, 2/28, 3/6 (WPMSW-1)
8am – 4pm