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A Rockette and the High Ropes Course Highlight New Summer Youth Programs at Hudson Valley Community College; Registration Begins March 25

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, March 22, 2004

Kids can kick up their heels with a real Radio City Rockette or conquer the Hudson Valley Community College's ropes course at two new summer camp programs. Registration for all of Hudson Valley's summer youth programs begins Thursday, March 25.

The new Summer Adventure Program, which will utilize the college's outdoor and indoor ropes courses, will be offered in morning and afternoon sessions, July 26-30 and August 2-6. Children ages 12 to 18 are eligible for the program, which is designed to encourage teamwork, cooperation and responsibility. Trained instructors from the college's Physical Education Department will lead the program.

A new Dance program taught by Radio City Music Hall Rockette Chrystie Kenny will be offered in a morning session, July 12-16. Instruction in general dance techniques including jazz, ballet, modern and hip hop, will be offered for students ages 8 to 15. Participants should have at least three to four years of dance training.

Summer camps in basketball, golf, soccer, softball and tennis also will be offered. Camp sessions generally run for one week in full- or half-day sessions. Participants are given the opportunity to learn basic skills and improve their techniques. Age ranges vary with the camp, and courses will run throughout July and August.

The Successful Communication program again will be offered in conjunction with The Arts Center of the Capital Region. The program strengthens communication skills by weaving visual and performing arts into cultural and historical themes. Classes are held at The Arts Center in Troy. The program is designed for children ages 6 through 11. Courses will run June 28 through September 3.

The Technology Enrichment program, which is held at both Hudson Valley Community College and at Bethlehem Middle School, is designed to expose middle school children to new areas in technology through hands-on learning. The day camp program will run in Bethlehem from July 12 through July 22 and on the Hudson Valley campus from July 12 through July 23.

The popular Summer Educational Enrichment Program provides children who have completed kindergarten through grade 6 with an educational and cultural summer experience. The day camp program will run from June 28 through August 13.

For more information on all of the summer activities for children at Hudson Valley Community College, go to, or call 629-7339.

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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning.