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Hudson Valley Community College Recognizes Advisory Committee Service

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hudson Valley Community College recently presented its Distinguished Service Award to two individuals who have shared their expertise with the college through their service on advisory committees for two of the college’s key programs: Automotive Technical Services and Computer Information Systems.

Each of the college’s more than 70 academic programs, as well as its Workforce Development Institute and the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, has its own Advisory Committee. Individuals from business, industry, non-profit organizations and other educational institutions serve on those committees to ensure that all of the college’s programs remain up-to-date, relevant and meet the needs of students and the community.

Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak presented Deborah Dorman, president and chief operating officer of the Eastern New York Coalition of Automobile Retailers (ENYCAR), and David Kotfila, director of the Cisco Academy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with the college’s Distinguished Service Award at its annual Advisory Committee reception held this spring.

Dorman has been a member of the Automotive Technical Services Advisory Committee for the past five years. Automotive Technical Services is one of four automotive technology programs offered by the college; in Fall 2006, there were 144 students enrolled in the program.

The college recognized Dorman because she has been instrumental in allowing the college to develop new contacts within the automotive industry. She also is responsible for ENYCAR’s decision to hold its annual High School Automotive Skills contest at the college, which allows Hudson Valley to showcase its programs and facilities to prospective students from across the Capital Region.

Kotfila has been a member of the Computer Information Systems Advisory Committee since 2004. The college offers eight different associate’s degree and certificate programs that fall under the Computer Information Systems umbrella; in Fall 2006, 227 students were enrolled in those programs.

The college recognized Kotfila for his work in assisting the college with the establishment of its own Cisco Network Academy. The college has offered the academy, which provides training in Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, since 2004. Kotfila was instrumental in helping the college define its networking program; training and certifying its faculty; and building its lab facilities.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 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.