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CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, August 17, 2007

President Drew Matonak, William Jojo and Pablo Negron
William Jojo of Troy, a senior systems and network specialist at Hudson Valley Community College, received the State University of New York Disability Services Council Award today for providing accessible workstations to students with disabilities that ensures they can pursue a college education.

Pablo Negron, director of the college's Disability Resource Center, nominated Jojo for the council's Campus Access Award, praising Jojo for his work not only designing and planning accessible workstations, but also for working individually with students to ensure they have the assistive technology they require.

"We feel quite lucky to have William as part of the team on campus, lending his expertise to help students with disabilities be successful students," Negron said. "William continues to be proactive in researching new technology to benefit and equal the playing field for students with disabilities."

Hudson Valley provides students with disabilities their own computer lab on campus that features the latest assistive computer technology, providing programs that magnify books and papers, read printed materials aloud, convert speech to words and offer other assistance. Computer work stations are also available in classrooms and other areas across campus.

The SUNY Disability Services Council is an independent, professional organization of individuals who have the responsibility for providing disability services to students in New York State in degree-granting institutions of higher education.

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.