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Hammering A Path To Success

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (528) 210-4161

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, April 18, 2002

\"ImageHudson Valley Community College President John Buono revisited his past recently, hammering in the final nail of an intersecting hip roof that was built by eight students taking "Principles and Practices of Light Construction."

"I worked for Sano-Rubin Construction Services in 1966," said President Buono as he climbed onto the 20- by 16-foot roof, which features a 4- by 12-foot intersecting ell. "I was a laborer, and I helped build Maria College. Let me tell you, I hauled a lot of lumber."

President Buono was invited to put the finishing touch on the roof by the class's students, who all are pursuing a Construction Technology degree or a Construction certificate at Hudson Valley. The students, who spent the previous two weeks installing more than 50 rafters, cheered as President Buono used Professor Tim Dennis' hammer to pound in the final nail. The project was done in the college's construction lab in Hudson Hall.

"This is one of the more difficult roofs to design and build," said Joseph Sarubbi, department chairperson of Hudson Valley's Building Technologies department. "The intersecting ell makes it a lot tougher to cut. These students did a great job."

"It's great that Hudson Valley gives students a chance to get hands-on experience like this," said President Buono, standing next to the roof, which towered over him. "Other than the work world, there aren't too many places where you can go through each of the steps involved in building an intersecting hip roof. This type of experience, combined with the practical knowledge of teachers like Professor Tim Dennis, will help these students succeed."

Hudson Valley's Construction Technology program meets the growing needs of the construction industry by training entry-level construction managers and by providing continuing education for construction employees. Students learn to perform surveys for construction-site layout, to prepare drawings for residential or commercial construction projects and apply appropriate building codes, and to assist in the layout and development of subdivisions.

The Construction certificate program, meanwhile, is a one-year curriculum, and successful completion of the program enables graduates to immediately enter the workforce in the area of residential construction. This program meets the growing need for qualified entry-level workers whose primary job duties will be working for a contractor in the field of residential building construction.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.