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Hudson Valley Community College Hosts Summit That Links Education and Local Manufacturers

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, August 3, 2004

Local manufacturers and college and university leaders will meet Wednesday, August 4 at Hudson Valley Community College to discuss ways to better link the needs of local manufacturers with the skills of the area's institutions of higher education.

Representatives from the Center for Economic Growth, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Hudson Valley Community College and the University at Albany will meet with those from Plug Power, DynaBil Industries and Boston Scientific, among others, to talk about the future of manufacturing in the Capital Region.

"The idea behind the summit is to promote interaction between regional manufacturing and educational institutions," said John Kucij, director of Hudson Valley's Workforce Development Institute.

The event, which will run from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center, is co-hosted by the Workforce Development Institute and the Center for Economic Growth's Manufacturers CEO Network.

For more information, contact the Workforce Development Institute at 629-4549.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College 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, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.