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Swanick Recognized For Technology Contributions

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 10, 2002

Longtime Hudson Valley Community College employee and Brunswick resident Bob Swanick was recently honored by President John Buono. Swanick, an Admissions counselor who began his Hudson Valley career in 1989, was presented with a recognition award at the college's "An Evening of Technology," an event that focused on Hudson Valley's many relationships with technology oriented organizations.

"We wouldn't be here if it weren't for Bob Swanick's hard work," Buono told an audience of about 100 people, including high school technology teachers and guidance counselors, and representatives from The College of Saint Rose, Project Lead The Way, and the Chief Executives Network for Capital Region Manufacturing. "So many of our technology graduates, who have gone on to rewarding technology careers, got their start because of Bob's knowledge and enthusiasm. He is a true proponent of technology, and he truly cares about encouraging young people to pursue technology careers."

Currently, Swanick recruits students for Hudson Valley's School of Engineering & Industrial Technologies, visiting high schools and trade schools all throughout the Northeast. Prior to coming to the college, Swanick spent 35 years as a technology teacher, coach and high school principal, working for Tamarac High School and Lansingburgh High School. He holds a bachelor's degree from SUNY Oswego and a master's degree from UAlbany.

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.