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New Credit-Free Courses Scheduled at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Rubber stamping, conversational sign language, ice skating for kids and adults, and couples foot massage are just a few of the topics covered in courses beginning at Hudson Valley Community College during the upcoming weeks.

For more information or to register, call the Office of Community and Professional Education at 629-7339.

"Rubber Stamping 1-2-3" says it all. This is an introductory hands-on course is for those who are interested in the growing craft hobby of rubber stamping. The class will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., for two sessions, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27.

"Intermediate Conversational Sign Language" offers an intermediate-level course for those who have some experience using American Sign Language and want to expand their knowledge. The course will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. beginning Tuesday, Nov. 8. The class will meet for six weekly sessions through the fall.

"Mice on Ice" is a six-session class that introduces preschoolers to the basics of ice skating. The course will be offered in two separate sessions on Tuesday mornings beginning Nov. 1. "Beginning Ice Skating for Adults" will include a half-hour lesson and half-hour practice session for adults hoping to learn the fundamentals of ice skating. The six-session course runs from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Nov. 1.

"Couples Foot Massage" will be Thursday, Oct. 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Join instructor Judy Pochobradsky as she teaches couples the basic techniques of foot massage and how to find the foot's reflex points.

"Reiki I" is an introduction to this ancient Japanese form of healing. The class will cover the history of Reiki and concepts behind the form, which teaches practitioners to release the body's blocked energy pathways. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.

For a complete list of credit-free courses offered through Hudson Valley Community College, go to

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.