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Three Hudson Valley Programs Reaccredited By ABET

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College\'s Civil Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering Technology & Electronics, and Mechanical Engineering Technology programs were recently reaccredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission (TAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012 - telephone: (410) 347-7700.

In order to gain full accreditation from ABET, which is widely recognized as the organization responsible for the accreditation of educational programs leading to degrees in engineering, engineering technology, computing and applied science, Hudson Valley conducted intense self-study sessions, hosted site visits by TAC, and responded to the organization\'s suggestions with regard to improving the noted programs.

\"The accreditation process is voluntary,\" said Dr. Randall Jarmon, dean of the School of Business and the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley. \"Hudson Valley participates because receiving ABET accreditation demonstrates that the college is serving its students. When ABET grants accreditation, it means that the program has been completely reviewed by qualified professionals. And it means that the students enrolled in the accredited programs are receiving an education that is truly worth the time and financial investment they\'re making. These programs prepare students to transfer to a four-year school or to enter the work world as a sought-after employee, which is Hudson Valley\'s ultimate goal.\"

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 10,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.