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“Kids on Campus” Registration Begins March 18 at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, March 12, 2009

Circus Theatricks and the Teen Songwriting Workshop will join the other popular “Kids on Campus” summer youth programs at Hudson Valley Community College this year. Registration begins Wednesday, March 18.

The popular Summer Educational Enrichment Program, Summer Academy, Athletic Camps, Technology Enrichment Program and Theater Workshop will return again this year. Programs begin Monday, June 29, and run through August.

Complete information about all of the summer programs can be found at, or call the Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339.

Sean Fagan will return to the Hudson Valley campus to offer a full-day one-week intensive course in the circus arts – Circus Theatricks. Open to children ages 6 to 15, students will be introduced to juggling, tumbling, partner acrobatics and magic.

Led by musicians and songwriters Liv Cummings and Sandy McKnight, the Teen Songwriting Workshop is open to those ages 12 to 17. Participants do not need to be musicians but will work to craft words and melody into song.

The college’s Summer Academy lets elementary and middle school students choose from a variety of half-day, week-long courses. Scheduled so children can attend in the morning, afternoon, or both, the courses cover topics such as science, math, technology and history in a fun learning environment. Students can learn German, become a better cook or study creative writing. Summer Academy courses are segmented for those entering first and second grade; third through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade. For high school students, there is a three-week SAT Preparation course in July.

The lineup of Summer Athletic Camps offered at the college continues to grow. This summer, the college will offer an “all sports” camp, designed for campers who like to play a variety of sports. Basketball, track and field, team handball and wiffle ball are just a few of the many activities offered in this full-day program. Returning are instructional camps focusing on basketball, dance, golf, football, lacrosse, softball, soccer, T-ball, tennis and volleyball. The popular Adventure camp will again be offered in both a beginner and advanced level this year.

The college will host a week-long Technology Enrichment Program at Bethlehem Central Middle School that encourages exploration of science and technology among students in the middle grades. Incoming 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders can discover their interests and talents through hands-on, activities. There’s even a fitness break worked into the program to get participants’ bodies moving.

The Theater Workshop takes campers through the entire process of creating a musical theater piece – from scriptwriting and creating songs to staging and acting in the final production. Students can choose to be on stage, work “in the wings,” or both. The program is offered in two two-week sessions, one for those ages 7-11 and a second for those ages 10-16.

The Summer Educational Enrichment Program has been a mainstay of summer youth activities on the Hudson Valley campus for years. Weekly sessions for students entering first through seventh grades will begin June 29. Each week focuses on a particular topic, and campers will learn about oceans and rainforests or the history of New York State, depending on which week they attend. Campers are grouped by age and are accompanied by a counselor throughout the day.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.