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Municipal Services in City of Troy are Focus of Hudson Valley's Citizens' Academy This Month
Monthly program to encourage community involvement

CONTACT: Eric Bryant, (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007

Hudson Valley Community College continues its inaugural Citizens' Academy, a monthly interactive education program at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31, with "Public Safety and Health: Core Services that Keep Troy's Citizens Healthy and Safe."

The program, which is free and open to the public, will include open discussions on the core services important to city of Troy residents and the chance to speak with those who operate these services.

Based on a similar program offered in Syracuse, the Citizens' Academy is a way to inform citizens about how these services are organized and 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 focuses on a different key subject and features representatives from local government and community organizations and the chance for an open dialogue.

Future programs include: "Learning For All: Educational Opportunities" (Feb. 28, 2007); "Troy's Neighborhoods: Housing and Living in Troy" (March 28, 2007); and "Dollars and Sense: Local Funding and Budget Issues" (April 25, 2007).

Programs are held on the last Wednesday of each month 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