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Manufacturing Technical Systems Scholarships Awarded

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, December 5, 2000

     Saturn Industries of Hudson and Kintz Plastics Inc. of Howes Cave recently announced their intent to grant performance-based scholarships to four students from Hudson Valley Community College's Manufacturing Technical Systems program.  Freshmen Randy Lovell of Hudson and Todd Campbell of Stottville will have at least part of their college education paid for by Saturn Industries; Kintz Plastics will pick up at least a portion of the tab for first-year students Keith Gillenwalters of Delanson and Eric Batcher of Schenectady.

     The scholarships last until each recipient graduates from Hudson Valley.

     "The motivation for us is the track record of the people we've sponsored in the past," said Wynn Kintz, president of Kintz Plastics. "We've been pleased with the results and would like to continue to work with these students who help us build our company."

     "We were prompted to offer these scholarships by a need for employees with technical skills," said John Lee, president of Saturn Industries. "We've hired graduates from Hudson Valley's Manufacturing Technical Systems program in the past, and they've been extremely successful."

     Kintz Plastics awarded a similar scholarship in 1999, and gives $500 to the Manufacturing Technical Systems senior with the highest grade point average each year. This is the first time Saturn Industries has offered a performance-based scholarship at Hudson Valley.

     The performance-based scholarships work like this: Each company pays for books, tuition and related fees at the end of each semester based on academic performance. The recipients will be awarded 50 percent of the above-mentioned fees if they have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.99. They receive 75 percent for a GPA between 3.0 and 3.49, and 100 percent for a 3.5 or better.

     The students will work part-time (less than 20 hours per week) for their respective sponsors while school is in session. They will have the opportunity to work full-time during vacations.

     "Saturn Industries and Kintz Plastics are making investments in their future," said Dave Larkin, chairman of the Manufacturing Technical Systems program. "The scholarship recipients are not required to stick with their sponsors after graduation, but the hope is that they will. That way, these companies get quality employees. Our graduates are skilled craftspeople, and the job placement rate for this program approaches 100 percent."

     The Manufacturing Technical Systems program is a specialized two-year program that prepares students to enter the job market with the knowledge and practical skills employers are eagerly seeking. This unique program is not offered by any other post-secondary institution in New York State.

     The program covers a wide variety of career opportunities in the field of precision machining. During the first year, students build a technical foundation comprised of math, machining processes theory, blueprint reading, computer-aided drafting and process planning. In the second year, students apply what they have learned through the use of computers, metallurgy, manual and computer-controlled machines. Plus, students are assigned projects that afford them the practical application experience needed to compete in today's job market.

     Some graduates command salaries of more than $38,000 after several years in the field

    "There are a lot of companies looking for workers with the skills our graduates have," Larkin said. "Hudson Valley is an excellent source for manufacturers. We provide them with machinists, mechanics, electricians and people with CAD capability."

     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.