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10/21/2014
Capital District Educational Opportunity Center Culinary Arts Program Hosts Chowderfest Tasting Event

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

What: Students enrolled in the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center’s (EOC) Culinary Arts program will serve the clam, corn, Andouille sausage chowder with homemade honey biscuit sticks that earned two awards – Judges’ Choice second place and People’s Choice third place – at Troy’s 8th annual Chowderfest held on Oct. 12. This marked the first time the EOC entered the popular competition.

When: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Where: Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, 431 River St., Troy, NY 12180

Who: Dr. Lucille Marion, vice president/executive director of the EOC; students Warren Burras, Matthew Maloney and Mary Narron; Joseph Forget, associate professor in the Culinary Arts program. EOC students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

Why: The event will provide the Culinary Arts students with an opportunity to recreate their prize-winning chowder in a smaller batch (30 gallons were sold at Chowderfest), as well as showcase the EOC’s Culinary Arts program that provides workforce training for those interested in entry-level positions in the food service industry.

Since 1966, the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), a division of Hudson Valley Community College, has offered tuition-free academic and workforce development opportunities to disadvantaged and educationally under-prepared New York State residents 16 years and older. As a result, thousands of Capital Region residents have gained self-confidence in their own potential, realized career goals, and obtained self-sufficiency and economic independence.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.