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Arabic is Latest Language To Be Offered at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Nov. 28, 2005

Hudson Valley Community College will offer Arabic Language and Culture I, an introductory course in the Arabic language beginning January 23. The language has not been taught at the college since 1992.

Language course offerings are growing at Hudson Valley Community College, with Chinese and Russian language studies being added last year to Japanese, Italian, German, French and Spanish. The college also offers American Sign Language.

A 2004 study published in the journal Science predicts that by the year 2050, Arabic will nearly equal Urdu, Spanish, and English as the second most widely spoken languages in the world. Mandarin Chinese is the largest language in terms of native speakers.

One reason demand for foreign language courses is growing is the SUNY General Education Core Requirement, which mandates all students who complete a bachelor's degree at a SUNY school take at least three credit hours of foreign language. More than 40 percent of Hudson Valley's graduates continue their education towards a bachelor's degree and many of those attend SUNY schools.

The course will be taught from 6 to 9 p.m. on Monday evenings. For more information about the course, contact the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions at (518) 629-7338.

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.