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Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak Response To Governor Spitzer’s State Of The State Address

Contact: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8085 or (518) 378-3835

Today’s State of the State Address by Governor Eliot Spitzer demonstrates his understanding that there is a need for reform in New York’s higher education system and education’s direct correlation to strengthening the state’s economy. Capital Region residents, businesses and community groups are vitally affected by the quality of higher education that is offered by Hudson Valley Community College. I am happy that the governor indicated that we "must" invest in our community colleges. They provide the education and training necessary for our state to compete globally. Under this proposal, students wishing to begin their higher education path in a community college will have a seamless means of transferring to one of New York’s four-year SUNY and CUNY institutions. This process will not only make transferring easier but will encourage students to stay within the SUNY system. I am also pleased that the Governor supports the need for a permanent and sustainable funding source for public higher education.