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Is There a Future in the Capital Region for Manufacturing Graduates?
Capstone Ceremony Acknowledges Academic Achievements in Manufacturing; Showcases and Presents Replica Steam Engines

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 5, 2010

WHO/WHAT: Hudson Valley Community College will present awards to 36 graduates from the Manufacturing Technical Systems program as part of its Capstone Ceremony in which fully functioning miniature replica Stuart steam engines made by the students are presented to local manufacturers who have supported this vital program at the college.

Thursday, May 13 at noon


Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium on the Hudson Valley Campus, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy


Students of this Associate’s in Occupational Studies program specialize in precision metal, composite and plastic manufacturing while learning the operation of milling machines, lathes and grinders, as well as computerized machinery. Skilled in computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, graduates move on to employment with electronic, semi-conductor and aerospace material manufacturers, many of whom are located in the Capital Region. This year’s class is the largest ever.

This year’s engine models will be presented to Benet Labs, primary Capstone sponsor for 2010, and associate sponsors Kintz Plastics, Allendale Machinery Systems and Arcadia Manufacturing. A project also will be donated by the sponsors to the Make-a-Wish Foundation in memory of Stephanie Rosamilia, former Hudson Valley employee and Make-a-Wish volunteer.

Small steam engine models were first designed by English engineer Stuart Turner in 1897 as the basis of a business that went on to manufacture marine diesel engines, motorcycles and pumps.