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New Classes Highlight Fall Offerings From College’s Community and Professional Education Office

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, August 3, 2006

New classes in Oriental brush painting, Pilates and conversational French will highlight the nearly 100 courses for fun, fitness or professional development offered this fall by Hudson Valley Community College’s Office of Community and Professional Education.

Registration begins Wednesday, Aug. 9, and courses will start during the first week of September.

New this year will be an “Intermediate Pilates” course for those who have completed the beginning course or who may have some experience in the popular exercise regimen. The course will run from 6 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays from Sept. 20 through Dec. 13.

Instructor Caroline Tseng will bring decades of artistic experience to another new course offering, “Oriental Brush Painting,” which will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays from Sept. 16 through Oct. 21.

Those interested in traveling to Quebec or France may be interested in signing up for “French I,” which will be offered for the first time this fall. The course will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, and cover the basics of conversational French in a 10-session course, beginning Sept. 25.

Also new this fall is “Holistic Solutions for Stress Reduction and Personal Growth,” which explores the tools and techniques used to reduce the stress found in everyday life. The class will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Programs for young people offered through the college include “Fit Kids,” “How to Become an Outstanding High School Student,” “Mice on Ice” for preschool skaters, “Creative Movement for Kids,” “SAT Preparation” and “Driver Education.”

The college also offers a full slate of courses through the Center for Creative Retirement, which provides classes in photography, literature, hobbies and culture for seniors. The Center also offers several day trips.

Those are just a few of the dozens of course offered this fall through Hudson Valley’s Office of Community and Professional Education. For more information, go to or call (518) 629-7339.

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.