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Hudson Valley Community College and NYSERDA to present Green Job Opportunities Program at TEC-SMART

Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,; On-site: Alan N. Wechsler (518) 937-2713 (cell)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011

What: Hudson Valley Community College and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) will jointly host a panel discussion for school counselors, superintendents and community education leaders on how to prepare students for green jobs.

Why: A potential workforce for the green jobs of the future in the Capital Region exists within local high schools. This panel discussion program will provide school officials with the information they need to assist students and their families in making informed college and career decisions about green jobs.

Who: Serving on the discussion panel will be Adele Ferranti, Program Manager, NYSERDA; Dan Lance, Global Training Leader, Wind Field Operations, GE Energy Renewables; Jennifer Pickering, Human Resources Business Partner, GLOBALFOUNDRIES; Olya Prevo, Solar Energy Specialist, NABCEP Certified PV Installer™, Alteris Renewables; Phil White, Dean, School of Business and School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies, Hudson Valley Community College; Rich Porter, Department Chair, Building Technologies, Hudson Valley Community College. Bob Callender, Vice President for Operations and Energy Services, NYSERDA, will serve as panel moderator. Andrew "Drew" Matonak, President of Hudson Valley Community College will provide opening remarks.

Where: The Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology and Energy Park (STEP) in Malta.

When: 4:45-6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011

Details: TEC-SMART was completed in January 2010 as a joint initiative of Hudson Valley and NYSERDA. It features more than a dozen state-of-the art classrooms and laboratories where students are trained in semiconductor manufacturing and green technologies, including photovoltaics, wind energy, geothermal, alternative fuels and home energy efficiency. An optional tour of TEC-SMART follows the panel discussion at 6:15 p.m. For more information on TEC-SMART, contact

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 14,000 students and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.

NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.