Getting Started

A Message from our Director 

Karen Gourgey, CCVIP Director

Welcome to CCVIP! We invite you to browse this   website and seriously consider signing up to enhance your computer or smartphone skills in a college environment that supports lifelong learning.

CCVIP is your go-to source for deep, hands-on learning; whether it’s the iPad, iPhone apps, the multitude of Microsoft 2013 programs for your PC, cruising on the Internet, or honing your social media skills, we guarantee you a supportive yet challenging learning environment with lots of opportunity for hands on practice.

Need a one-on-one overview of assistive technology and how it might help you? Contact our Demonstration Center, (646)312-1420. Need an easy way to stick your toe in the water? Attend our monthly free Open House. Call 646-312-1427 to sign up.

Do you have very specific learning needs and no time to wait for a class? Call and ask about our many options for individualized training; includes remote training in some circumstances.

Other affordable services include Braille Production, Web Accessibility and Usability Testing and Scripting Services.

Make sure you are on our mailing list and follow us on social media, so you won’t miss out on new and intriguing programs slated to launch in the next few months, including training in QuickBooks for Windows.

We look forward to welcoming you to the wonderful world of digital communication and information.

Karen Luxton Gourgey Ed.D., Director

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About CCVIP Instructional Services

Our instructional staff includes teachers and tutors who are available during class and scheduled computer labs to provide support and training. 

Our classes have a maximum of nine students. We provide class material in large print, Braille, or on a thumb drive depending on the needs of each student. 

Classes and Seminars are also available upon request, as is individualized instruction, so please let us know if you don’t see something you want; we may be able to offer it if we have enough interested students.  Call Judith Gerber at 646-312-1420.

Using Word: Level 2 class in session

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Enrollment Information

Tuition assistance: We encourage you to call us to determine your eligibility for lower fee courses.

Seminar Payment: Full payment is due one week prior to the seminar date. However, payment is your registration, which is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Payment: A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your spot in a course. Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the course.

Seminar Refunds: Seminar fees are fully refundable one week before the seminar date. There is a $15 penalty for refunds requested less than one week in advance of the seminar.

Course Refunds: Course refunds must be requested in writing. Requests postmarked prior to the first class will qualify for the full course fee, less a $50 registration fee. Requests postmarked prior to the second day of class will be for 50% of the full course fee, less a $50 registration fee. If we must cancel a class, the full course fee will be refunded.

Contact: Please call Judith Gerber for entrance requirements, registration or classes and seminars, and fees at (646) 312-1420.

Please let us know if you’d like to receive CCVIP course announcements and updates via regular mail in Braille or large print, or via e-mail.

Courses are subject to change or cancellation.

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Earn a Certificate of Achievement

Students may mix and match any three courses in Microsoft business applications, such as Using Excel, Using Word: Level 2 or Using PowerPoint (Excludes Understanding Windows Concepts and Using Word: level 1) . The courses need not be taken within the same semester.  Upon completion of three courses with at least a B+ average in each course, students will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

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Assistive Technology

CCVIP uses screen reading and large print software in all classes, depending on the preference and need of the student. These Assistive technologies are taught in each class; from the basics in Windows/Word, to more advanced features in our more advanced classes, such as MS Access. We feature JAWS or Window-Eyes screen readers, and ZoomText or Magic (with and without speech) large print software.

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CCVIP Learning Lab

CCVIP's Learning Lab provides independent computer users and current CCVIP students an opportunity to practice and hone their skills. Staff is available to supervise the classroom and provide tutorials and course materials. The Learning Lab is equipped with an array of assistive technology designed to meet students' needs and preferences. For information call (646) 312-1420.

Requirements:

If you have taken and successfully completed classes with us you are eligible. For New York State Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) clients who have not taken classes at CCVIP, your CBVH counselor must refer you to take a hands-on assessment test to determine eligibility. For further information on the requirements for the Learning Lab, please contact Judith Gerber at (646) 312-1420 or email her at judith.gerber@baruch.cuny.edu

Student and guide dog leaving classroom

 

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Teacher/Organization Staff Training

CCVIP has trained New York City and State Board of Education teachers, and personnel from various organizations in how to use access technology with Windows applications. If your organization wishes orientation in access technology in the Windows environment, or training for trainers of visually impaired clients, students, or employees, please call Judith Gerber at (646) 312-1420. We would be happy to work with you on a consultant basis.

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Open House

Free Open House

Join us for a hands-on demonstration of computers equipped with large-print and screen reading (synthetic voice) software. See our training facilities and meet with instructors and staff. Held the first Wednesday of the month. Phone reservation required: 646-312-1420. 

Japanese guests at CCVIP's Open House. With CCVIP staff members: Maria Rios, Lynnette Tatum, Madelyn Guilbeault and Judith Gerber

 

Day Date Time
Wednesday 5/4 1:30PM-3:30PM
Wednesday 6/1 1:30PM-3:30PM
     

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