Spring 2019 Course Catalog

Spring 2019 Course Listings


Ever dreamed of opening your own small business? This class is for you. For those interested in the Rising Tide Small Business Academy, a limited number of scholarships will be available. For more information and to apply visit: risingtidecapital.org or contact info@risingtidecapital.org and 201-432-4316.

Facilitator: Rising Tide Capital

Time: Thursdays, March 1 - May 31, 6:15pm

Location:  132 South Harrison Street, East Orange, NJ


Adult ESL

Improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills! Free classes are offered for English language learners this spring. Morning and evening classes provide 6 hours of instruction each week.  Morning classes are held at the Orange Public Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am – 12 pm.  Evening classes are held at Rosa Parks Community School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:15pm – 9pm.  Pre-registration and literacy testing is required for class placement.


Jewish Vocational Services

Time & Location

Registration and Testing: February 26 and 28

9:30am Orange Public Library, 348 Main Street; 

6:15pm Rosa Parks School, 369 Main Street, Cafeteria

Class Dates:

March 14 - May 21

9:30am Orange Public Library, 348 Main Street; 

6:15pm Rosa Parks Community School, 369 Main Street, Rooms 306, 307 & 309


Technology Basics*

Are you intimidated by computers? New to email, social media and Google? This course will provide you with the information that you need to navigate smoothly and become more efficient. You’ll be tech savvy in no time!

Participants limited to 15 per class.

Facilitator: Tera Phipps M.Ed.

Time: Thursdays, March 14 - May 30, 4:30pm - 6pm


Orange Preparatory Academy, 400 Central Avenue, Room 112


Financial Literacy with Homecorp*

Education is the first step to financial success. This is a three-part series of courses to put you on the road to financial wellbeing. Part 1: Learn how to read your credit report line by line, fix and manage your credit, correct your credit report and negotiate with creditors. Part 2: Learn how to establish a working budget and prepare for and set financial goals. Part 3: Learn how to complete a  First Time Homebuyer down payment assistance 4 to 1 match program certificate course. This course is used for HomeSmart, Orange, and Essex County grants.

Facilitator: Victoria Lindsey

Time: Thursdays, March 14 - May 30, 6:15pm

Location: Rosa Parks Community School, 369 Main Street, Room 308


Courses Brought to you by the University of Orange

University of Orange is a local organization that offers free classes. We are always listing new courses and events on our website universityoforange.org.  Join us May 18th for the Music City Festival at 35 Cleveland St., an event featuring local musicians of all ages.


Media Lab: Music Production, Digital Art & More*

Join us in the media lab to learn more about topics like music production, digital art, video editing, and audio engineering. Working artists Ray Sykes, Cesar Presa, Amonnie Nicolas, and Marco Dorce will be onsite to offer instruction and advice.

To register please email universityoforange@gmail.com.

Facilitators: Ray Sykes, Cesar Presa, Amonnie Nicolas, & Marco Dorce

Time: UPDATE - April 11th class is canceled. Class will resume April 18th and 25th.

Location: Rosa Parks Community School, 369 Main Street, Room 314


Paying for your Education:  An Accountant’s Perspective*

Mindy Hope Palin is a CPA with four college-age children. She’ll share her secrets to tackling the FAFSA, CSS Profile, NJS scholarships and loans and various private student loans, and other types of aid available.  Other topics Mindy will discuss include refinancing and consolidating student loans and ways to appeal financial aid award decisions. You’ll learn her tricks to minimizing stress and maximizing aid.

Facilitator: Mindy Hope Palin

Time: UPDATE - class scheduled for April 11th, will be rescheduled for a later date. We will announce the new date this week.

Location: Rosa Parks Community School, 369 Main Street, Room 305


Music Theory

University of Orange’s longest running class returns! We have bilingual music theory classes for beginners and musicians of any experience level. 

For more information contact musiccityorangenj@gmail.com.

Facilitator: Dr. Margaux Simmons, Doug Farrand & Cary Pelayo (Thursdays)

Time & Location

February 19 - April 9 & April 23 - June 11

English: Tuesdays, 7:30pm - 9pm, The HUUB, 35 Cleveland Street

English & Spanish: Thursdays, 7:30pm -9pm, The HUUB, 35 Cleveland Street


Getting the Squeeze on Orange: A Civic Engagement Learning Group*

This course will gather residents and stakeholders who are interested in learning more about Orange and becoming better informed members of the community. As a group we will identify plans and processes that affect what happens in Orange that we want to study and learn more about. Together we will examine these plans, hear from speakers, and attend community meetings. Field Trips will include trips to a City Council and a Board of Education meeting.

Facilitator: Rachel Bland

Time: Tuesdays, 6:15pm with two field trips (optional) to community meetings at 7pm

Location: Rosa Parks Community School, 369 Main Street, 3rd Floor Media Center


Classes brought to you by Montclair State University’s Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE)

Orange Adult School is now partnering with Montclair State University’s Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) to offer non-credit courses. Continuing and Professional Education offers a wide range of programs including workshops, certificates and online classes. Please note, these courses require a fee to enroll. Use OCSMEMBER for a 5% discount on eligible courses.




Understand the substance behind a rapidly growing disruptive technology, which can lead to new types of careers, with individual courses, seminars, and certificate programs.

Criminal Translator

Leverage your dual Spanish-English skills to support federal and local law enforcement agencies that investigate crimes ranging from terrorism to drug smuggling.


With a strong focus on operational and technical aspects of the field, learners will be exposed to fundamentals, architecture, audit, risk, and strategic management.

Professional Sales

Professional sales represents one of the largest employment gaps in New Jersey.  Our program is designed to bridge this gap by teaching learners how to effectively use SFA tools to drive leads into sales.

Spanish for Health and Social Services

This program allows both English and Spanish speakers to build on their capabilities as they approach activities such as patient intake, symptom diagnosis, medication instructions, and interacting with payment agencies.



Grant Writing

Learn essential concepts and project management skills associated with design and delivery to achieve grant writing objectives.

Professional Writing

Learn the fundamental techniques that employers are looking for in a variety of internal and customer facing job roles: audience analysis, editing, and composing.

Technical Writing

Analyze and practice methods for technical writing, such as writing clear subject matter, presenting technical details, and document management.



Excel for Business Analytics

Learn how to program basic macros with Visual Basic for Application (VBA) to automate tasks useful across many departments.

Python for Business Analytics

Many aspects of running an organization rely upon data.  Use Python to learn about powerful data analysis and scientific computing tools, as well as write basic scripts.

For full course listing and registration information, visit Montclair State’s Continuing and Professional Education website at  www.montclair.edu/cape.


*classes offered in English only


For more information

(973) 763-9961 ext 202