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Hudson Valley An Automotive Award Of Excellence Winner

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, November 30, 2000

     Hudson Valley Community College's Automotive Service Educational Program was recently named tops in New York State for the fifth consecutive year. The program will be awarded the New York Manufacturer Affiliated Category Award of Excellence on December 7 at the Association for Career and Technical Education annual convention in San Diego. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence will issue Hudson Valley a $1,000 check for student assistance scholarships.

     "The Automotive Service Educational Program, which works hand-in-hand with General Motors, is being recognized as the top collegiate automotive program in New York State," said Dan Ashley, department chair of Hudson Valley's automotive programs. "That decision is based on instructor quality, facility quality, availability of tools and equipment – the overall quality of the program."

     The college's automotive department filed a detailed application with the Industry Planning Council, a 53-year-old business/education partnership of the Association for Career and Technical Education, the above-mentioned National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, and the Alliance for Automobile Manufacturers. A committee of automotive industry experts then singled out Hudson Valley's curriculum as best in the state. The contest is open to any automobile technician program, automobile collision repair program and medium/heavy duty truck program.

    A two-year curriculum that leads to an Associate of Occupational Studies (A.O.S.) degree, the Automotive Service Educational Program has been in existence at Hudson Valley since 1985, and has been certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation since 1988.

    This unique, cooperative program provides Hudson Valley with an opportunity to train students for a challenging career at a General Motors dealership. During their time enrolled in the Automotive Service Educational Program, students spend the first half of each semester attending classes and labs at Hudson Valley. They spend the second half of each semester working full-time at the sponsoring General Motors dealership. A General Motors, Cadillac, Buick, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Chevrolet, Saturn, Saab or GMC truck dealership must sponsor each student accepted into the program.

     "Winning this award clearly demonstrates that we're preparing our students the right way," Ashley said. "We've won the award every year since 1996. Automotive Service Educational Program graduates don't need to be retrained. They know how to do the job at a General Motors dealership when they leave Hudson Valley."

    To that end, the Automotive Service Educational Program has a 100 percent job placement rate. Upon graduation, students transition from an apprenticeship into full-time employment with a General Motors dealership. After three to five years working in the field, Automotive Service Educational graduates are commanding salaries of $40,000 and up.

    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 Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.