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Hudson Valley Academics Join Broadcast Pros To Offer New Degree

CONTACT: Judith White or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071 [Hudson Valley Community College]
Walt Adams (518) 438-7682 [The New School of Radio and Television]

FOR RELEASE: Immediate: Tuesday, February 26, 2002

\"ImageAn associate's degree in Broadcast Communications now will be offered to students at Hudson Valley Community College under a cooperative agreement between the college and The New School of Radio and Television.

Officials from both schools announced the joint degree program today, saying it is designed to provide both the academic background and the professional experience appropriate for employment or for possible transfer to four-year programs.

Speaking at a news conference in the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Hudson Valley President John Buono described the joint degree program as one of just a few in the state between a college and a non-degree granting institution.

"We expect this program to be enormously popular," Buono remarked, "And we believe that the hands-on training our students will complete at the New School will give them a real advantage when they begin their careers."

Broadcaster Walt Adams, director of the New School and one of its earliest graduates, said Broadcasting Communications students in their second academic year will choose from three specialized 30-credit courses at the New School. The courses are Broadcast Journalism, Radio and Television Arts, and Television and Video Production.

Among the career possibilities for graduates of the new degree program are jobs in both reporting and production, ranging from on-air broadcast journalist to radio studio equipment operator.

The academic degree program falls within the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Hudson Valley, and was developed with the New School by Vivian Tortorici, chairperson for English and Humanities at the college. Tortorici said first-year students in Broadcasting Communications will complete courses at Hudson Valley, including writing, speaking, journalism, computer literacy, and electives in business, humanities and social sciences. The new program has been approved by the State University of New York and the State Education Department, and Hudson Valley Community College is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2002 semester.

"Hudson Valley Community College has a reputation of being on the cutting edge, and as a school that is a leader in academics, technology, and both traditional and innovative education," Tortorici said Tuesday. "We celebrate this program today not only because it is unique and appropriate, but also because it fits in so well with the standard of excellence that is the hallmark of our college."

Students will register and pay tuition at Hudson Valley for courses offered at the college, and at the New School for Radio and Television for the second year courses.

Located at 50 Colvin Ave., Albany, the New School for Radio and Television was founded in 1973 and has more than 3,000 graduates of its various programs. The executive director of the New School is Tom Brownlie.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: 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 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.