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Hudson Valley Community College Unveils New, Revamped Web Site

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, September 26, 2000

Visitors to the Hudson Valley Community College web site, at, will find a revamped site beginning this week. Streamlined design, improved navigation, continual updates and new features for students and visitors highlight the changes to the web presence for the college.

"This site is a real resource for the community now," said Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono. "Whether you're looking for the public skating hours at our ice rink or information about one of our 50 degree and certificate programs, you'll find it."

The site, which was re-designed with the assistance of Light & Power Inc., is easy to navigate and offers dynamic content on the activities at the region's second largest higher education institution. The site's home page will be updated regularly with information about events on campus, including athletics, cultural activities and community events. Each year, more than 150,000 people visit Hudson Valley Community College for activities and events, and more than 50,000 visitors log on to the college web site each month. The new site can be the primary source of information for what's happening on campus.

"Any information about the college can be found on the new web site. It should be the first place to look for information about Hudson Valley Community College," said Buono.

The revamped web presence is just one of many computer technology improvements at the college that will be ongoing over the next year. Hudson Valley is in the process of implementing a web-based student service system that will allow students to register for classes, pay bills, get transcripts and perform other college transactions over a secure web link. The college has contracted with SCT, one of the leaders in on-line transactions, to create the on-line student service system.

"We expect that the majority of students will want to register for classes and perform other transactions over the Internet if the service is made available," Buono said. "We're in the process of implementing such a system right now for the benefit of our students."

In addition, the college will have a computer intranet for its students, faculty and staff beginning this winter. The intra-net will allow each student to create their own personalized web portal where they can communicate with faculty, receive campus wide announcements, and share research with fellow students. The intranet also will contain a Web-based e-mail system so that members of the campus community can link to their email accounts from any Internet-accessible computer in the world.

"This will really revolutionize the way people communicate on campus," said Buono. "Faculty will have the opportunity to create new links to their students and students will have unlimited access to their instructors."

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, NY, 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.