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Hudson Valley And GE Fanuc Work Together

CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 3, 2001

Students enrolled in Hudson Valley Community College's Electrical Construction and Maintenance program are currently benefiting from a pair of generous donations by GE Fanuc Automation, a leading global supplier of industrial control systems and a joint venture between GE and FANUC, Ltd. of Japan. GE Fanuc is part of GE Industrial Systems, which is one of GE's major businesses.

The recent donations, made through GE Fanuc's University Partner Program, consisted of $15,000 worth of industrial control equipment and $5,000 worth of PLC software.

"This hardware and software will go a long way in helping us keep pace with the industries' needs for highly trained employees," said John Buono, President of Hudson Valley Community College.

"GE Fanuc is very pleased to provide Hudson Valley Community College with our products," said Paul F. Daugherty, GE Fanuc's commercial marketing manager. "Our hope is that Hudson Valley will find the equipment to be a useful training solution as they prepare their students for careers in the field of industrial automation and control."

The Electrical Construction and Maintenance program at Hudson Valley prepares graduates for the vast opportunities in the rapidly expanding electrical industry. The program, for which no prior electrical courses or experience is needed, offers students the opportunity to learn about the electrical field by beginning with the simplest circuits and progressing to the cutting edge of 21st-century technology. During 750-plus hours of hands-on experience, students gain a great understanding of theory and a strong knowledge of the methods and materials used by today's electricians.

Hudson Valley's Electrical Construction and Maintenance program is entering its third year of enrollment in GE Fanuc's University Partnership Program, which is geared toward providing colleges with high-quality technical equipment to prepare students for the growing demands of high-tech automation industries. Two years ago, Hudson Valley received $22,000 worth of PLC equipment from GE Fanuc.

Industrial control equipment is a broad term used to describe any device – from power generation to automobile painting to food packaging – that enhances production through automation. PLC equipment is one of the main components in that arena.

"We're very grateful for GE Fanuc's assistance," said Joseph Sarubbi, an Electrical Construction and Maintenance professor at Hudson Valley. "Donations like this allow our students to learn current technology. It prepares them for the real work world, making them sought-after employees before they even graduate."

There are countless opportunities available in the electrical construction and maintenance field. Among the job titles obtained by Hudson Valley's graduates are: maintenance electrician, construction electrician, technician, manufacturing equipment technician-chip fabrication, controls technician, facilities technician and controls engineer. Companies such as IBM, Intel, Philips, Kimberly-Clark, Aneco Electric, Adirondack Beverage, Freihofer Baking Company, Mohawk Paper, Niagara Mohawk, Quad/Graphics and Bruno Machinery are currently pursuing Hudson Valley's Electrical Construction and Maintenance students.

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.