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Specialty Training

Trades and technical professions require specialized training, and Professional and Corporate Education is there to help.

We team up with companies, trade unions, nursing associations, and the public and government sectors to develop training resources to increase skills and work competencies as well as raise the educational level of the workforce.

The following are our current offerings:

CE249: Fundamental Skills of Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning

In this course, students are introduced to various aspects of residential and commercial HVAC systems. Topics covered in the course include:  HVAC fundamentals; the variety and types of HVAC equipment; conducting load calculations; maintaining residential and commercial control systems; and equipment servicing procedures. Upon completing the course, students will be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of HVAC fundamentals including equipment operations – mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic systems – and crucial safety practices.

Hours:  44
(M, W) 1/12, 1/14, 1/21, 1/26, 1/28, 2/2, 2/4, 2/9, 2/11, 2/18
6 – 10 p.m.
Tuition:  $4,500

CE248: Defensive Driving for the Open Road

As you now possess the defensive driving skills required to negotiate almost any obstacle or environmental challenge, it is time to implement your skills on the open road. Under the guidance of our professional driving experts, you will take what you learned on the track and venture onto highways as well as country roads. Discover how the weight of different vehicles affects hugging the road along straightaways, on curves, and on inclines and declines. Apply braking techniques on various road surfaces and monitor the significant differences by vehicle. Gain insight into vehicle maintenance to drive through different terrain and in changing environmental conditions. Once you’ve completed this third course of the series, you will now not only be able to apply skills learned in a controlled environment but by driving the open road.

Hours: 18
(Sa) 12/13, 12/20
(Su) 12/14, 12/21
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $2,655

CE247 Electrical Wiring

This 32-hour hands-on course offers participants a general introduction to electrical systems in home and business environments.  Building on a foundation of electrical and mathematical principals, the course provides students with comprehensive information about standards of electrical measurement, functions of circuitry and use of electrical connections.  Instructors will focus upon problem solving in an electrical/electronic environment, and provide insight into the terminology and symbols associated with meter displays and printreading.  Students will learn how to use the tools of the trade to connect wiring to fuse boxes, power sources, and electronic devices.  At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to demonstrate their new electrical installation skills, be able to wire switch and light circuits, be able to evaluate electrical systems and make repairs, and insure proper wire connectivity.

Hours:  32
(Tu, Th) 10/28, 10/30, 11/4, 11/6, 11/11, 11/13, 11/18, 11/20
6  – 10 p.m.
Tuition:  $3,155

CE244: Defensive Driving for Today’s Driver – Part I

Trucks tailgating you.  Sports cars swerving in and out of traffic.  Unforeseen road blockages causing you to stop short and skid.  Sound familiar?  It should if you drive an automobile.  With so many moving vehicles on the road, merely hopping in the car to run an errand can be a stress-filled activity.  Leisurely driving on crowded roads is a thing of the past.  So if you need to hone your own skills to drive carefully and defensively, this course is certainly for you.  By taking an initial on-line course, you will learn the fundamentals about defensive driving and basic safety practices.  Then, seated behind the wheel of a car, you will ride side-by-side with expert drivers and learn to modify your reaction speed, amplify your concentration ability on the road ahead, and increase the effectiveness of your braking skills and maneuverability around road obstacles.

Hours:  18
(Su) 10/26, 11/2
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition:  $2,655

CE245: Defensive Driving for Today’s Driver – Part II

With the initial focus on understanding defensive driving skills under your belt as covered in Part I, this course will take the skills that you have developed to the next level.  With the assistance of seasoned expert drivers, you will apply your knowledge and skills to driving through environmental hazards.  Learn to avoid hydroplaning while maintaining car control.  Discover the means by which to best drive through dense fog, rain and snow.  Gain insight in how to recover from a skid caused by black ice or fluid spills.  Once you have completed this second course in the series, your comfort level as a defensive driver will have increased dramatically.

Hours:  18
(Su) 10/26, 11/2
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition:  $2,655

CE215: Advanced Backhoe and Payloader

This advanced course will enable you to further develop hands-on skills working with heavy machinery including backhoes and payloaders.  Gain additional time operating the machinery placing, moving, lifting and stacking a variety of different materials of all shapes, sizes and weights.  You will learn methods for loading these materials into different types of vehicles.  In addition, you will develop skills in planning and executing earth moving procedures while gaining a comprehensive understanding of grade reading.  A safety review will be presented prior to any equipment operation.  This course is open to students that have completed the introductory course in backhoe and excavators.  Proper clothing is required, including:  long sleeved shirts, long pants, and steel-toed work shoes.

Hours:  24
(Su) 5/4, 5/11, 5/18
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuition: $2,625

CE226: Introduction to Smart Home Systems

The rapid growth of technology has led to advances in the way we live our lives, and in the way we live in our homes.  In this course, students are introduced to the processes by which their homes can be transformed into “smart homes.”  Residential security devices and surveillance systems will be featured.  Students will learn how to install systems with both wired and wireless equipment and set up separate zones within the home.  They will learn to cable various systems, test cable, install and troubleshoot keypads, install systems controls, and strategically place sensors and detectors.  Students will also determine the most effective locations to install security cameras and recording devices.  Lastly, participants will learn to wire home theaters, lighting systems, and home networks thereby creating a complete smart home environment.

Hours:  32
(Tu, Th) 4/22, 4/24, 4/29, 5/1, 5/6, 5/8, 5/13, 5/15
6–10 p.m.
Tuition:  $2,650

CE227: Advanced Professional Diving

With your diving certification in hand, you can now turn your attention to more sophisticated aspects of underwater diving.  For example, a major concern of the professional diver is safety and in this class you will learn the first aid skills and practices needed to address an open water emergency.  You will also receive instruction in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED).  In the classroom and in the pool, you will increase your proficiency as an underwater diver in preparation for extensive open water dives, including rescue dives.   When classroom and pool instruction is completed, you will turn your attention toward diving in open water, completing ten separate dives.  Taught by certified diving professionals, you will receive all of the instruction needed to take you closer to the level of professional diver.  Students are required to bring their own fitted mask, fins and snorkels to class.

Hours: 50
(Tu, Th/Sa, Su) 5/13, 5/22, 5/24, 5/25, 5/29, 6/10, 6/17, 6/19, 6/21, 6/22
Saturdays & Sundays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6–9 p.m.
Tuition:  $3,950

CE228: Residential Locksmithing
This course is designed for the individual that wants to gain a clear and basic understanding of general locksmithing. Topics covered consist of modern alarms, combination locks, locks with high security, the use of key duplicating machines, lock design, and repinning locks. Students will learn how to identify and differentiate a lock by its type and manufacturer.  Students will also gain essential knowledge for quickly assessing how a particular lock is assembled and efficiently undone. Lab tasks are comprised of door and lock mechanism mockup stations where students are given the materials and tools of the craft to execute the techniques discussed. By course completion, students will have acquired the knowledge essential for installing and disengaging residential locks.

Hours: 32
(Tu, Th) 4/1, 4/3, 4/8, 4/10, 4/15, 4/17, 4/22, 4/24
6– 10 p.m.
Tuition: $2,650

CE229: The Professional Chef – Part 1

In this course our expert instructor will guide participants to develop skills required for becoming a new chef.  A hands-on approach introduces students to the variety of tools and cooking processes that every serious chef needs to know.  Students will learn proper use of knives, plate presentation, and best practices to work the cooking line in a professional environment.  Cooking techniques will be covered as will an emphasis on important terminology and advances in the food industry.  Preparing American and European dishes will be featured and participants will learn proper technique to grill, steam, roast and sauté food.   By completing this course, students gain valuable, real-world experience to prepare them for entry into the culinary field as a professional chef.

Hours:  32
(M) 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4, 8/11, 8/18, 8/25
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuition:  $3,155

CE231: The Professional Chef – International Cooking

Bourgeoning chefs can turn their attention toward creating culinary delights from an eclectic array of world cuisines.  Concentration will be placed on dishes featuring the flavors of Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.  Students will become familiar with the basic food specialties associated with each area and learn about the preparation of meats, vegetables and grains specific to these cultures.  In addition, students will learn techniques for correctly using spices and oils to faithfully represent the authenticity of dishes from different nations.  By completing this course, students will have a solid foundation in the skills and practices of international cooking.

Hours:  32
(M) 9/22, 9/29…11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8
5:30–9:30 p.m.
Tuition:  $3,155

CE232: Essentials to Repairing Small Engines

This is a class for students who want to learn the ins and outs of small engine repair.  Participants will work hands-on with Lawn Mowers, Leaf Blowers, and Snow Blowers, covering both two and four stroke engines.  Taking apart and rebuilding these machines under the guidance of our expert instructors will give students the practical experience to do the job on their own.  Topics covered in this class include engine components, ignition systems, electrical circuits, and trouble shooting. Students will also learn how to maintain their engines with oil changes, replace air filters, and clean carburetors, equipping students with the necessary skills to work in the real world.

Hours: 24
(Tu, Th) 4/29, 5/1, 5/6, 5/8, 5/13, 5/15
6–10 p.m.
Tuition: $2,625

CE233: Fundamentals of Generator Maintenance and Repair
This course in generator maintenance and repair is designed to prepare students to develop skills that they can use either personally or professionally on the job.  Expert instructors will cover 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.

Hours:  24
(Tu, Th) 5/20, 5/22, 5/27, 5/29, 6/3, 6/5
6 – 10 p.m.
Tuition:  $2,625

Courses are conveniently offered at La Salle’s main campus in Philadelphia, Pa.; La Salle’s Montgomery County Center, located in the Metroplex Corporate Center in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; the Bucks County Center, located in Newtown, Pa.; and various locations in the Philadelphia area.

CE234: Welding and Iron Works

Through practice and theory, you will be introduced into the field of MIG welding. This three-day course will offer you the ability to learn the proper safety etiquette, perform machine maintenance, operate different machinery, and learn the different principals used to be able to successfully weld. After safety demonstrations, you will receive training by master welders where you will be given step by step demonstrations. Following this, you will practice what you learned with their help and guidance. Because you will be operating heavy machinery, proper attire is required. Students must wear steel capped safety shoes, along with full length cotton shirt/pants. Loose fabrics should be avoided, and glasses should be worn instead of contact lenses.

(Tu, Th) 5/6, 5/8, 5/13, 5/15, 5/20, 5/22
6 – 10 p.m.
Tuition: $2625

CE235: Advanced Welding and Iron Works

Now that you have mastered the fundamentals of MIG Welding, or have experience in MIG welding, this follow-up three-day class follows the same methodology of practice and theory to introduce you to the next level of welding technology.  From master welders you will learn more advanced techniques of MIG welding and begin to explore the process of TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding as well as the use of Metal Arc welding machines, and techniques of oxy-acetylene burning and welding.  Safety procedures will be examined in detail and students will learn how to operate welding equipment while assuming various physical positions to weld in awkward locations.  Students are required to wear safety equipment including steel safety shoes with a full length cotton shirt and pants.  Loose fabrics should be avoided, and glasses should be worn instead of contact lenses.

(Tu, Th) 5/27, 5/29, 6/3, 6/5, 6/10, 6/12
6 – 10 p.m.
Tuition: $2625

CE236: Metal Fabrication

With the completion of both “Welding and Iron Works” and “Advanced Welding and Iron Works,” it’s time to take your newly developed skills and apply them to metal fabrication.  Our master welder with provide you with the knowledge and hands-on practice to design and create structures through the process of cutting and bending metal to specific shapes and sizes.  You will work on a project that will help you construct individual components of a large structure and by class end, take each of the components and join them to fabricate a finished product.  You will study the properties of metals, and learn about additional safety procedures to prepare you for this advanced level work.  As with the previous courses, students are required to wear steel capped safety shoes, a full length cotton shirt and long pants. Loose fabrics should be avoided, and glasses should be worn instead of contact lenses.

(Tu, Th) 6/17, 6/19, 6/24, 6/26, 7/1, 7/3
6 – 10 p.m.
Tuition: $2625

CE246: The Professional Chef – Part 1

In this course our expert instructor will guide participants to develop skills required for becoming a new chef.  A hands-on approach introduces students to the variety of tools and cooking processes that every serious chef needs to know.  Students will learn proper use of knives, plate presentation, and best practices to work the cooking line in a professional environment.  Cooking techniques will be covered as will an emphasis on important terminology and advances in the food industry.  Preparing American and European dishes will be featured and participants will learn proper technique to grill, steam, roast and sauté food.   By completing this course, students gain valuable, real-world experience to prepare them for entry into the culinary field as a professional chef.

Hours:  32
(Tu) 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/21, 11/4, 11/18, 11/25
6:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Tuition:  $3,155

 

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Robert F. Herbst, M.A.
Director, Professional and Corporate Education
College of Professional and Continuing Studies
Phone: 215.991.2600
Fax: 215.991.2855
E-mail: lifelonglearning@lasalle.edu