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Hudson Valley To Host Satellite Conference: "Preparing Students with Disabilities for the Transition from College to the Workforce"

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, October 9, 2002

Hudson Valley Community College will present a free satellite conference titled "Preparing Students with Disabilities for the Transition from College to the Workforce" from 8:30 to 11: 30 a.m. on October 18. Hosted by two Hudson Valley departments - the Center for Careers & Employment, and the Disability Resource Center - the satellite conference will be broadcast via Buffalo State College and it will air in Room 1030 of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center. Refreshments will be served.

Speakers will include Rochelle Kaplan, a corporate attorney who specializes in academia and student services, and Dr. Richard Vallandingham, vice president for student development at Coastal Georgia Community College. The conference is intended for faculty, advisors, career development professionals, counselors, disabilities specialists and school-to-work practitioners.

Attendees will: gain insight into academic decision-making and career development for students with disabilities; increase academic advisement skills, learning how to better assist students with disabilities in the selection of majors and/or careers; and gain insight into the technical standards and requirements for admission and the completion of academic programs. Additionally, attendees will learn how to best apply this information to internships, field experiences, student teaching and practicum for students with disabilities.

The public is invited to attend and there is no cost, but seating is limited. Interested parties should contact Deborah Spence at

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.