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Technology Day at Hudson Valley To Link Local High School Students With Technology Careers

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, October 7, 2002

Area high school students have received invitations to attend the fall "Technology Day" at Hudson Valley Community College.

The college's School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies will host its third annual Technology Day Open House, Wednesday, October 16 at the campus. Last year, the event attracted more than 200 local high school students who came to explore the college's technology programs.

"Technology Day gives area high school students an up-close look at the tech programs we offer, and it also shows them the successful careers our graduates can pursue," said Dr. Randall Jarmon, dean of the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies. "Our graduates can find immediate employment in the growing number of technology companies that call the Capital Region home."

Students at Technology Day will attend a morning session that introduces them to the various technology programs offered at the college. Paired with a student guide, they will visit a variety of active classroom, shop and laboratory settings to get a first-hand view of the college's technology curriculums. Following a 9 a.m. orientation, students will tour the campus technology facilities from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided by the college and will be served in the lobby of the sports complex from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

In addition, the college will introduce a new degree program in biotechnology. Fueled by advances in cellular and molecular biology, the field of biotechnology is continually growing and diversifying. The associate's degree program is designed to provide students with the background for transfer to a four-year biology, pre-med or other pre-professional program, or direct employment in biotechnology or a related field.

The School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies offers degree or certificate programs in Automotive Technical Services, Civil Engineering Technology, Construction Technology, Drafting, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Electrical Engineering Technology, Heating/Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration Technical Services, Industrial Technology, Manufacturing Technical Systems, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Plant Utilities Technology, Telecommunications Technology and Telecommunications Management.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. 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 workforce training.