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Boat Captain Certification Course To Be Offered At Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 16, 2004

Did you ever want to launch a new career as a chartered boat captain? Hudson Valley Community College will offer a 60-hour course this fall that can lead successful students to a Public Vessel Operator's license.

Students who successfully complete the course may be licensed to start their own charter service or seek employment as a public vessel operator in a vessel up to 65 feet that requires only one person for safe operation.

The course will run from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning September 14 through December 30.

The course instructor is Captain James Saputo, a professional captain who has run his own charter service and taught boating for several years. Saputo has 27 years of boating experience.

The written test for the New York State Safe Boating License will be offered at the conclusion of the course. Students also will take the Joint Pilot and Engineer Exam at the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation Marine Services Unit. To be fully licensed, students must have at least 30 hours of experience operating a motorboat. Those without this experience can arrange to obtain it from Saputo outside the regularly scheduled class time.

The course will cost $595. For more information, call the Workforce Development Institute at (518) 629-4830.

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.