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Public, Civic Leaders Invited to Discuss Role of Hudson Valley Community College in City of Albany

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, June 30, 2003

City of Albany residents are invited to attend an open forum to discuss how Hudson Valley Community College can better serve city residents, Wednesday, Aug. 6, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the 175 Central Avenue Extension Center.

The college established the Albany extension center in 2002, and has offered a growing number of credit courses as well as workforce training and GED training during the past 18 months. The open forum will allow interested parties to talk about the services they wish to see offered at the extension site. Currently, academic advisement at the extension center is offered on an appointment basis. Hudson Valley also has a staff person at the center each weekday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to provide general information about the college. Evening hours during the summer months are 5 to 7:30 p.m.

Representatives from civic and religious organizations, social service agencies and advocacy groups are encouraged to attend the meeting, which will be led by Roy Pompey, director of the college's Collegiate Academic Support Program. "We want people to have the opportunity to tell us what we can do to make our Albany extension site more accessible and more user-friendly," said President John Buono. That's what this event is all about."

The college plans to offer a series of monthly workshops at the extension site for new and prospective students throughout the fall. Topics may include: how to apply for financial aid, how to make the best use of college support services, and where to find academic mentoring. For more information about the open forum on August 6, contact the college's Off-Campus Coordinator Lisa Giacumo at 629-7338.

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. With an enrollment of more than 11,000 students each year, the college is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.