Continuing Education

SUNY Erie Continuing Education programs are short, inexpensive, and highly focused trainings that are designed to help you take that next step, no matter what your goals revolve around home, career, or community.

Our courses are available online and on-campus in select locations so that you can fit lifelong learning into your busy schedule.

Featured Programs


Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certification
SUNY Erie Digital Badge
w3schools JavaScript certification

The course covers the following components:

Foundation of Web Development

This course will focus on the fundamentals, teaching students the basics of HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, JavaScript and Server-Side Programming and to give you a good understanding of those technologies and how they are used in more advanced applications. This course will also introduce important concepts such as Integrated Development Environments, Agile programming, source code control, Google Analytics and web hosting.

Front-end Developer

Front-end Development will focus on the "client side" of Web Development. Front-end Developers will be engaged in analyzing code, design, and debugging applications along with ensuring a seamless user experience. A Front-end Developer is responsible for the look, feel and ultimate design of a website.

Back-end Developer

Back-end Development refers to the server side of website construction. This aspect of web development usually consists of three parts: a server, an application, and a database. Code written by Back-end Developers enables communication between an underlying database and the browser. The term “Back-end” refers to any web components unseen by the user. Back-end Developer positions are often called programmers.

Practice for the MTA Certification Exam free of charge with SUNY ATTAIN Labs

Registration to use the ATTAIN Lab is cost-free. Once registered, students are given access to a program called GMetrix. This program offers practice MTA certification tests. We require 85% or above on the practice tests in order to sit for the official exam. Exams are proctored by the ATTAIN Lab at one of their two locations. For additional information: text "sunyerie" to 716-247-4629.

Listing of all SUNY ATTAIN Lab websites:
ATTAIN website for the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Lab:

SUNY ATTAIN (Advanced Technology Training And Information Networking) center is a community based center offering an assortment of academic, occupational, and employability courses. These courses are geared to introduce, as well as supplement students with educational and vocational skills, through advanced technology training for a high-demanding technological world.

Lectures and labs will be done online, in real-time using Zoom teleconferencing software. We will also use so that code can be shared back and forth.

Price and Tuition Assistance

$4,000* - Includes cost of the course and the cost of MTA Certification Exam.

* Individual Training Accounts (ITA's) may be available to qualified individuals through BETC or One Stop Centers.

Students may be eligible to receive funding through:
  • Buffalo Employment and Training Center (BETC)
  • Niagara Employment and Training Center (NETC)
  • NYS Department of Labor
  • Private Student Loans
  • SUNY Erie Career Center (One Stop)

COURSE availability and registration

Programs focus on an individual driver's responsibility to interact lawfully within the traffic system to create and maintain a safe environment for all drivers. The curricula emphasizes personal accountability, awareness of laws and their impact on the whole community, and are designed specifically for the needs and types of drivers in the different programs. 

Courses Offered

This course is an introduction to both fundamental programming concepts and the Python programming language. We will begin at the beginning with installing python, variables, expressions, basic syntax and get to some intermediate learning like functions, lists, lambda expressions and inheritance in an object oriented programming language.
You will have lots of opportunities to practice with projects for each lesson and test yourself with quizzes after each new lesson. You will also learn to debug programs when they don’t work by understanding the control flow of programs in Python.

By the end of this course you will be able to write basic to intermediate level python programs that read and write data to and from the files on the computer, understand a new programming language, debug the problem in a python program and begin the journey towards being an independent python programmer.

1. Installing and Using Python 
2. Basic Syntax: Variables and expressions
3. Strings and console output
4. Conditional statements and control flow
5. Functions
6. List and Dictionaries
7. Loops and iteration
8. Advance topics in Python
9. Class and Object
10. File input and output

Each topic will consist of 2-3 Lessons, 1 Quiz, 1-2 Projects depending on the complexity of the course.

Total course hours ~36


On-Line/Face-to-face Hybrid Training Course

This training provides the skills, knowledge and step-by-step on-line demonstrations of hands-on component required for a successful career as an electrician’s helper. Portion of the course will be done on-line (due to COVID-19 restrictions). Hands-on labs will be completed on-site. The Electrician's Helper and Solar Training program covers electrical installation, operation, and maintenance for residential and solar systems. Students gain a deeper knowledge of safety, tools, system print reading, electrical/solar principles and measurements, functions of components, equipment and wiring, and basic National Electrical Code.

The training program, the Electrician's Helper and Solar on-line course has a significant amount of both lecture and hands-on laboratory experiments. Topics covered in this training include Basic Electrical Theory, power generation and transmission, Ohm's Law, DC vs AC, Series, parallel circuits, the installation and layout of residential electrical circuits, PV Cell technologies, design and sizing of PV systems, PV site analysis, Power Distribution, equipment commissioning and much more.

Laboratory demonstrations and hands-on experiments include wiring basic residential circuits including single and 3-way switches, main distribution panels, common residential electrical fixtures, troubleshooting common electrical problems, schematic reading, series/parallel electrical circuits, series/parallel solar module connections, solar pathfinder site and shading analysis, grid-direct PV system design including sizing PV array, inverters, DC and AC disconnects, OCPD and wiring. Students will see how to proceed with installing and troubleshooting common residential circuits, PV grid direct systems (roof top, pole mount, and/or ground mount installations) and smaller scale electrical and PV experiments. This training program also teaches our students how to work with high and low-voltage wiring.  

Upon graduation students from this course will be eligible to seek work as an electrician’s helper with residential electrical companies, take the local 41 Electricians Union entrance exam and seek employment as a PV installation technician.

COURSE availability and registration

Jump-start your renewable energy education track with online courses from the University at Buffalo, developed in collaboration with SUNY Erie. Earn verified certificates and be well-prepared for the Electrician's Helper and Solar training program:  

Solar Energy for Engineers, Architects and Code Inspectors is a three-course series that explores fundamental concepts and mechanics of photovoltaic technology, examines the intricacies of solar system design, and provides a framework for solar PV project management.

Renewable Energy: Fundamentals and Job Opportunities provides an overview of green building design and construction, sustainability, solar, and wind, as well as nanotechnology applications in clean energy. Explore potential careers and related renewable energy education available through SUNY. 

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Learn the Best Secrets to a Successful Garden!
Tips to Help You Go from Garden to Plate!
Get Outside and Have Fun!

SUNY Erie City Campus Culinary Arts Dept.
Class is Held at Canalside near Tim Horton’s
Classes run Monday, Tusesday, Thursday 8:30 - 10:45

Summer 1: May 24 – July 1

Summer 2: July 6 – Aug. 12

Please call Kristin Goss at (716) 270-2886 to enroll in the courses.

SUNY Erie Community College Community Education Department has partnered with Facebook to launch a new three course Digital Marketing Program.  This exciting series is designed to give small business owners and marketing professionals the tools needed to create an effective online presence and to remain competitive in a rapidly changing digital business environment.

By completion, participants will know how to integrate foundational marketing concepts with practical technical skills.  Graduates will build a portfolio of work demonstrating the development and implementation of a strategic marketing plan along with an in-depth analysis of an actual social media and email marketing campaign.  This hands-on training provides the real-world knowledge needed for immediate application to your business.  To certify competency, students will receive a Digital Marketing Certificate at program completion.

Courses in the Certificate Program

Foundations and Strategy of Marketing

  • Recognize the role of marketing in the larger context of a business and business objectives.
  • Provide a framework for students to think about concepts such as segmentation, targeting, value propositions, and metrics.
  • Understand the market positioning and unique value proposition of a company and/or product.
  • Develop segmentation of customers and user personas.
  • Recognize the various online and offline marketing channels and rationale for marketing through each.
  • Understand key marketing metrics and the purpose of backwards planning and measurement of marketing efforts with respect to these objectives.

Marketing Analytics and Performance Optimization

  • Recognize factors that drive conversion and opportunities to optimize marketing performance.
  • Conduct A/B testing various elements of marketing efforts to increase conversion rates
  • Identify key marketing metrics and their significance to determine strategic marketing optimization decisions.

Social Media Marketing

  • Practice effective use of social media in a marketing campaign.
  • Match voice and creative tone with appropriate social media channel.
  • Build a social media campaign and associated content calendar.
  • Create, launch and manage a Facebook ad campaign for a chosen business.
  • Manage a social media budget and calculate bids.
  • Utilize key metrics for optimization.

COURSE availability and registration

In Partnership with Niagara County Community College

Google IT Support Professional Certificate
For more information, visit the NCCC Workforce Develpment site.


Online Career Training

Online Course Offerings 
SUNY Erie, in partnership with ed2go, offers online open enrollment programs designed to provide the skills necessary to acquire professional level positions for many in-demand occupations. These courses can also be used for preparation to enter the college’s academic degree and certificate programs and will familiarize the trainee and encourage them to enter the college for job enhancement purposes.

Registration Information

Cancellation Policy: SUNY Erie makes a decision to offer each course based upon community interest determined by advanced registration. We reserve the right to cancel a course if there is insufficient enrollment.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: SUNY Erie will give a 100 percent refund with 24 hours-notice. Non-attendance does not mean an automatic withdrawal; you must contact the Department of Workforce Development at 851-1800 to cancel your registration.

For more information:
Community and Continuing Education,
(716) 851-1800

Driving Programs,
(716) 851-1820