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Viking Child Care Center To Be Featured In Design Showcase

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 26, 2002

The Viking Child Care Center at Hudson Valley Community College has been selected for inclusion in the 2002 American School & University Architectural Portfolio, which is touted as "the premier showcase for education design projects."

The Viking Child Care Center also was recently featured in the Education Design Showcase magazine, a supplement to the School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines.

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.

"It's wonderful that the Viking Child Care Center is receiving such positive feedback," 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. "It illustrates that the facility was well-planned and well-executed, and that it provides a wonderful learning environment for children."

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 also was recently awarded a SUNY Grant in the amount of $49,600 to provide quality child care service for the children of its students. This is a non-competitive, annual operating grant for the college fiscal year 2002-03.

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.