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STCC offering real estate licensing, podcasting and green building courses

Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) is a state-approved real estate school and the Center for Business and Technology (CBT) at STCC will offer "Preparation for the Real Estate Exam," a state-approved course for those interested in becoming licensed real estate salespersons, beginning on May 12. The CBT has also partnered with the Massachusetts Board of Real Estate Appraisers (MBREA) to offer training to prepare individuals for a career in real estate appraisal. Regulation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts require that those interested in becoming real estate appraisers pass a licensing exam. In order to qualify to take this exam, individuals must complete a specified number of hours of education in an approved program, such as that offered at STCC, as well as apprenticeship hours working under a licensed appraiser. Upcoming courses include: basic appraisal principles, basic appraisal procedures, uniform standards of professional appraisal practice (USPAP) and USPAP update. Space is limited in all programs and interested individuals should go to http://cbt.stcc.edu or call the CBT at 755-4502 or 755-4225. The CBT at STCC has a program that makes it easy for educators to learn the latest techniques to make podcasts that reinvigorate students' passion for learning. STCC has partnered with ed2go to offer hundreds of online, instructor-facilitated courses and announces the launch of this new offering, "Easy Classroom Podcasting." This course is part of STCC's growing catalog of more than 300 instructor-facilitated online courses. Through well-crafted lessons, expert online instruction, and interaction with fellow students, participants in these courses gain valuable knowledge at their convenience. Participants have the flexibility to study at their own pace combined with enough structure and support to complete the course and can access the classroom 24/7 from anywhere with an Internet connection. New sessions of each course begin every month and last six weeks, with two new lessons being released weekly. The courses are entirely Web-based with comprehensive lessons, quizzes, and assignments. A dedicated professional instructor facilitates every course; pacing learners, answering questions, giving feedback, and facilitating discussions. Interested individuals should go to www.ed2go.com/stcc to enroll online or call 755-4502 or 755-4225 for complete details. *** There is a rapidly growing need for those in the building, remodeling, or trade industries to understand green building. The CBT at STCC has announced a 30-hour, online course "Principles of Green Buildings." Participants will have access to the course 24/7 and will be able to complete the coursework at their own pace. This program will explain the science that professionals in these fields need to know in order to make buildings perform more efficiently and provide the healthiest possible environment for occupants. The course will also help prepare individuals for industry credentials for green buildings including those developed by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), North American Technician Excellence (NATE), the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), Residential Services Energy Network (RESNET), and others. Major topics will include: House as a System; Air Flow Basics; Heat Flow, Insulation, Windows; Framing and Air Sealing; Moisture Management; Conditioning Strategies; Ventilation; and Combustion Safety. Successful completion of this course is recognized by both BPI and NATE for 28 hours of continuing education credit applicable to several BPI and NATE certifications. Interested individuals should contact CBT at 755-4502 or 755-4225 for complete details and enrollment information.

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