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Hudson Valley Community College Professor Receives Award from Society of Manufacturing Engineers

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, December 11, 2007

James Hamilton of Berne, an assistant professor in Hudson Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Technical Systems program, was recently honored with the President’s Award from Chapter 20 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

The annual award, which honors individuals who further manufacturing, was presented to Hamilton for his many years of promoting manufacturing, support of the local chapter and exposing students to potential careers in manufacturing as an instructor at Hudson Valley.

“Jim is a true leader in the sense of his ‘follow me, roll up your shirt sleeves, and let’s see what we can accomplish together’ attitude. It is with great pride that the Presidents Award for 2007 recognizes and thanks Jim Hamilton for his positive efforts and contributions in promoting manufacturing and the SME,” said William Ross, chairman of Chapter 20 of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Hamilton has been an instructor at Hudson Valley Community College for nine years. Previously, he worked in the manufacturing industry for 25 years. Hamilton earned an associate’s degree in Industrial Technology – Management from Hudson Valley, a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Empire State College and a master’s degree in Adult Education and Human Resources Development from Buffalo State College.

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.