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Be an Informed and Empowered Citizen of Troy, Attend Hudson Valley Community College’s Monthly Citizens’ Academy
Monthly program to encourage community involvement

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sept. 14, 2006

Hudson Valley Community College will kick off its inaugural Citizens’ Academy, a monthly interactive education program on 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 27, with “The Big Picture: History and Culture of Troy.”

Based on a similar program offered in Syracuse, the Citizens’ Academy is a way to inform citizens about how the community is organized, how services are delivered and how to become a more active member of the community. The Citizens’ Academy also will highlight how academic and credit-free training programs offered at the college can tie into career opportunities that impact the community.

Each monthly session will focus on a different key subject and will feature representatives from local government and community organizations and the chance for an open dialogue.

The Sept. 27 program on Troy’s history will be followed in October with “Building the Future: Economic Development in Troy,” which will include discussions on how the city’s large and small businesses can benefit from the emergence of Tech Valley and how citizens can be better informed about economic development decisions.

Future programs include “All Roads Lead to Troy: Public Transportation and Traffic Issues” (Nov. 29); “Public Safety and Health: Core Services that Keep Troy’s Citizens Healthy and Safe” (Jan. 31, 2007); “Learning For All: Educational Opportunities” (Feb. 28, 2007); “Troy’s Neighborhoods: Housing and Living in Troy” (March 28, 2007); “Dollars and Sense: Local Funding and Budget Issues” (April 25, 2007).

Programs will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month and will take place in the Bulmer Telecommunications Center on the Hudson Valley campus.

The initiative is being funded by a President’s Innovation Grant, which supports new programs at the college that are not supported through regular funding.

To register, call Kim McMann at 629-7871 or e-mail her at

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.