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Troy Resident Named Director Of Viking Child Care Center

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, July 24, 2002

\"ImageErin Quirk of Troy recently was named director of the Viking Child Care Center at Hudson Valley Community College. In this position, Quirk will oversee the general administration, licensing and accreditation, and programs and curriculum of the Viking Child Care Center.

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.

"We're very excited to have Erin Quirk on board," 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. The Viking Child Care Center falls under the umbrella of the FSA. "Erin has a wide array of experience, and when she interviewed, it was clear that she's knowledgeable about developmentally appropriate practices, but she also possesses an understanding of the balance needed between the administrative and programmatic needs of the Viking Child Care Center."

Quirk brings six years of supervisory experience to the Viking Child Care Center. Prior to accepting her new position, she served as center director for Tutor Time Learning Systems. She received a bachelor's degree in Child Care Management from Southern Vermont College in 1994.

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.