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Hudson Valley Offers A Smart Start

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, July 23, 2002

The Learning Assistance Center at Hudson Valley Community College is offering a free three-week summer program, called the Smart Start program, to incoming students who need to brush up on their academic skills before the fall semester begins on August 26.

The Smart Start program is designed for students who may lack confidence about their preparedness for college. Learning Assistance Center faculty will review basic academic skills and introduce students to campus support staff.

Smart Start classes will be held at Hudson Valley from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday for three weeks beginning August 5. An optional study group also will meet from 1 to 2 p.m. on each day that classes are held. The program will include writing and math classes, as well as a daily study skills workshop and orientation to specific campus services.

Interested students must be admitted to the college and have a schedule made for the fall semester to be eligible to participate. If you are interested in making a Smart Start, call Charmaine Darmetko at 629-7255.

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.