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Hudson Valley Community College Summer Enrollment is Highest Ever, Up 23 Percent Over Last Year

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, July 10, 2002

With a significant 23 percent increase over last year, Hudson Valley Community College has its largest ever summer enrollment at the college, the college announced today.

This year, the college saw 3,695 students fill its classrooms for summer course offerings. That is 699 more than the 2,996 students who enrolled in summer classes last year at the college.

The largest growth was in the number of non-matriculated students at the college, which increased a staggering 35 percent over last year. Non-matriculated students are those who are not officially enrolled in one of the college's degree or certificate programs. Students who are enrolled at other colleges also are considered non-matriculated.

Another major reason for the enrollment growth is the college's online courses, which have seen a 72 percent jump in the past year. Five hundred fifty eight students enrolled in distance learning classes this summer compared to 325 last summer.

"We have seen growth in the number of students accelerate over the past year," said President John Buono. "Some of these students are coming to our campus from other colleges, but many are our own students getting a jump on their academic careers."

Summer courses at Hudson Valley Community College have long been popular with students returning to the Capital Region because of the college's academic reputation and the ease with which credits transfer. The college offers five separate summer terms of varying lengths to accommodate its students. Summer terms last anywhere from 3 weeks to 13 weeks.

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 each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.