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Capital District Educational Opportunity Center Presents Troy Police Station With Hand-Crafted Conference Table

Contact: Katie Bradley
Phone: 273-1900 Ext. 2219
Fax: 273-1919
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, April 8, 2011

Students from the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center Building Trades program will present a hand crafted conference table to the Troy Police Station at noon on Monday, April 11, 2011.

Renovations at the Troy Police Station included space for a conference room to hold staff meetings and press conferences. A table, the centerpiece of the meeting area, was needed to seat staff. After considering several options, Chief of Police, John F. Tedesco found an innovative solution. "I was walking by the EOC and saw the building trades students working on a project. I called Dr. Marion to see if it would be feasible to have the students make the table," he said.

Building the table was a learning experience for the students from beginning to end. "There were no plans for the table, just a picture from which to work," Tom Glasser Instructor at the EOC said. Using the principles of ergonomics, industry standards for office equipment, and the space available Glasser showed students how to determine the appropriate dimensions for the table, which is designed to seat 12 people.

"This was a wonderful opportunity for the building trades students to apply their classroom knowledge to a project that benefits the community," said Dr. Lucille Marion Vice President/Executive Director at the EOC.

Building trades students learn the fundamentals needed for plumbing, electrical, carpentry, basic blueprint reading and masonry work and how to incorporate related energy efficiency standards. Occasionally students take on projects for local organizations as a means to apply and enhance the skills learned during classroom instruction. Past projects have been completed in support of Capital Region Community Gardens, The Junior Museum, Averill Park Fire Department and the Averill Park Pop Warner League.

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College, offers free academic and vocational training to eligible New York State residents who 16 years and older. Registrations are accepted on a continuous basis. For further information about the EOC and its programs, call 273-1900 daily.