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Hudson Valley Community College Receives SUNY Award for Guide for Parents

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, July 9, 2007

Hudson Valley Community College was recently honored by the State University of New York for a publication created by the college to answer the common questions many parents have about college.

“Parents: Compact for Success” received an Award for Excellence in Programming from the SUNY Career Development Organization – a group that promotes career development for students – at its annual meeting held last month in Canandaigua.

The guide, which was created for Hudson Valley Community College’s Fall 2006 Orientation, gives parents advice on the questions they should ask their children and how parents can assess academic progress. It also details where parents can find college resources to assist them and their child, explained Mark Schmiedeshoff, director of the college’s Center for Careers and Employment, who oversaw the publication’s creation along with staff from the college’s Registrar, Instructional Support Services and Retention, and Graphics offices.

“We put together all the different things parents need to know in one document,” Schmiedeshoff said. “It’s received rave reviews and other colleges are asking us about it.”

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