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Hudson Valley's EOP To Administer Community Outreach

CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, February 26, 2001

     Hudson Valley Community College's Education Opportunity Program (EOP) recently announced that it will administer a new community outreach effort, which will be aimed at developing partnerships with parents of local high school and middle school students. The aptly named Parents-As-Partners Program will remind parents of the importance of timely submission of financial aid forms. The program also will inform parents of the approximate cost of books, and will encourage early planning to maximize children's chances for academic success.

     Parents-As-Partners, funded by a grant from the State University of New York's Office of Opportunity Programs, will coordinate on- and off-campus meetings with parents of school-age children, orientating them to the educational transition their child (or children) may experience in the ensuing years.

    "Too many students arrive at Hudson Valley with no plan and no money," said Louis Coplin, Hudson Valley's EOP and student activities director. "Parents-As-Partners will allow us to assist those students in preparing before they take a class at the college. Succeeding at Hudson Valley requires preparation and knowledge beyond the classroom; our aim is to help with that."

     Additionally, many of Hudson Valley's students are first-generation attendees whose parents may not have had the chance to earn a college education. Parents-As-Partners will recruit parents who are looking for occupational skills training and professional enhancement opportunities, encouraging them to take advantage of Hudson Valley's continuing education courses.

     "Hopefully, this new concept will help entire families reach their full educational potential," Coplin said.

    The EOP at Hudson Valley provides educational and financial assistance to students who are from low-income households and are considered to be at risk of not reaching their full academic potential due to poor educational preparation. In short, the EOP helps talented students whose educational and economic circumstances threaten to limit their opportunities, opening the door to a lifetime of career options, professional advancement and personal enrichment.

    Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.