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Hudson Valley Receives Federal Grant to Enhance Technology on Campus \"Photo

$1.8 million in funding awarded by the Department of Education

Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 (Hudson Valley Community College)
David Taft (202) 225-5614 (U.S. Rep. John E. Sweeney's Office)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, March 15, 2005

U.S. Rep. John E. Sweeney \'79
Hudson Valley Community College has received the largest competitive federal grant in its history – a $1.825 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education's "Strengthening Institutions" program, which will allow the college to enhance technology used by instructors in the classroom and expand laboratory facilities.

U.S. Rep. John E. Sweeney and Hudson Valley President Marco J. Silvestri, Ph.D., announced the grant at a press conference held today in the lobby of the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center. The grant will provide the college with $365,000 annually over a five-year period, beginning Oct. 1, 2005.

"Hudson Valley Community College will now be ahead of the curve with regards to technology that is available to its students," said Sweeney, a 1979 graduate of the college. "This funding will help Hudson Valley Community College to train the next generation of the emerging high-tech workforce that will help us develop our Tech Valley."

Added Silvestri: "This grant will provide a significant boost to Hudson Valley Community College's efforts to further enhance technology on campus. This will allow the college to revolutionize the way it teaches and how our students learn in three areas – computer networking, semiconductor manufacturing, and foreign language instruction – that are key to a global economy."

The grant will provide:

  • $873,000 for instructional technology upgrades in 52 classrooms on campus, which will provide for instructor consoles with a full multimedia computer build, VCR/DVD unit, three-dimensional document camera, and video projector.
  • $525,000 for a Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology Lab. The college recently received approval from the state Education Department and State University of New York to offer a new degree in Electrical Technology: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. Four new courses have been developed for the new degree program, which will prepare students for this emerging field: Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Overview; Vacuum and Thin Film Technology; Semiconductor and Nanotechnology Fabrication Processes; and Semiconductor Metrology and Process Control. The lab will accommodate 15 students; the first class will graduate in 2007.
  • $263,000 for the creation of a Digital Language Lab, a computer-assisted learning environment that will allow the Foreign Language and English as a Second Language programs to use the Internet in the application of coursework. The lab will accommodate 24 students, but others in remote locations will be able to access all of the lab's resources via the Internet. This upgrade will allow the college to meet new General Education mandates from the State University of New York and prepare students to be successful in a global economy and a culturally diverse community.
  • $164,000 for a stand-alone computer networking lab that will allow the college to offer new areas of study, including Networking, Server Administration, Telecommunications, and Information Technology, within its Computer Information Systems program.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.