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CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Mark Schmiedeshoff
Mark Schmiedeshoff, director of the Center for Careers and Employment at Hudson Valley Community College, has been recognized with The President's Award for Strategic Vision from the State University of New York Career Development Association, an organization comprised of SUNY professionals who serve in the area of career services of each of SUNY's 64 campuses.

Schmiedeshoff received the award for leading a development team that created a Web site designed to help students connect with more than 100,000 employers. The Web site, scheduled for release in September, allows any employer affiliated with a SUNY campus to post job opportunities which can then be viewed by career counseling professionals at any other SUNY campus.

"One of the most important features is that now employers will be able to come to this Web site and upload jobs that can be sent to or seen by all SUNY campuses. It's essentially one-stop SUNY shopping," Schmiedeshoff said.

State University of New York Career Development Association President John Shirley presented the award to Schmiedeshoff at the organization's recent annual conference, held in Ellicottville, NY.

As director of Hudson Valley's Center for Careers and Employment, Schmiedeshoff provides career counseling for students. He's been with Hudson Valley Community College for 31 years, helping thousands of students discover careers.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. 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 more than 60,000 alumni.