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Troy Resident Named Center For Careers & Employment Counselor

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 30, 2002

\"ImageDeborah Spence of Troy was recently named a counselor for the Center for Careers & Employment at Hudson Valley Community College. Spence will implement a Web-based career resource guide, which will allow Hudson Valley's students, alumni and faculty members to examine careers online, and she will coordinate a support program for men and women enrolled in programs where their gender is significantly in the minority.

Additionally, Spence will offer career counseling, and she will make presentations to Hudson Valley's students, explaining the many services offered by the Center for Careers & Employment. Her duties also will include the formation of a Web-based mentorship program for students, and she serve as editor of the Center for Careers & Employment's newsletters, which are distributed to faculty/staff, students/alumni and businesses.

A native of Queens, Spence previously worked as an admissions representative at DeVry University in Long Island City, where her initiatives contributed to a $4-million increase in sales revenue. Spence also spent part of 2000 and 2001 working at Hudson Valley as a technical assistant/program coordinator. She trained students in computer skills, helping them increase their employability.

Spence is a member of the board of directors for the Literacy Volunteers of America. She earned a bachelor's degree in Professional Liberal Studies from Dowling College, and she is pursuing a master's degree.

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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.