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Viking Child Care Center Featured In Magazine

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, July 15, 2002

The Viking Child Care Center at Hudson Valley Community College is featured in the recently released Education Design Showcase magazine, a supplement to the School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines. Education Design Showcase magazine serves as a vehicle for sharing innovative and practical solutions in education-facility planning, design and construction.

The $3-million, 16,000-square-foot Viking Child Care Center, which was built by the Faculty Student Association (FSA) of Hudson Valley Community College, opened in August 2001. Located on Williams Road at the southeastern end of Hudson Valley's campus, it provides affordable care on a sliding-fee scale for 128 children ages six weeks to 5 years. It also affords easy accessibility for parents attending the college, as well as community parents.

"Being selected for inclusion in Education Design Showcase magazine illustrates that the Viking Child Care Center was well planned and well executed," said Ann Carrozza, executive director of the FSA, a not-for-profit corporation that seeks to enhance the lives of Hudson Valley's students, faculty and staff. "This facility offers a top-notch learning environment for children, and it's nice that it's being recognized as such."

Architecture + of Troy served as the architectural firm for the building. The Viking Child Care Center consists of 10 classrooms, each designated for a specific age, and a generous playground is located behind the building. There also is a "parent room" that provides space for parents to visit their children while on break between classes.

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.