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Two New Academic Programs Approved for Fall 2001 at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 5, 2001

The State Education Department and State University of New York have granted approval for Hudson Valley Community College to offer two new academic programs this fall.

The college will begin offering a one-year certificate program in Dental Assisting and a two-year associate's in science degree in Biotechnology.

"These two new programs show our continual effort to provide programs that students want and programs that lead to good jobs," said Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono. "With Dental Assisting, you have a program that can lead to a career position after as little as one year of study. With Biotechnology, you have transfer possibilities that can lead a student to wherever he or she might want to go."

A Dental Assisting certificate was offered at the college until the late 1980s, but was discontinued. Recent changes in state law that require specific training and certification for all dental assistants, and a growing interest among the local dental community for such training helped revitalize the program.

"We're happy to offer this program, and the response thus far has been very positive," said Colleen Dillon, the education coordinator of the new program. "The curriculum will provide the core skills needed for someone to enter the field."

The coursework of the new Biotechnology program will provide a solid foundation in biology, chemistry and mathematics. Fueled by continued advances in cellular and molecular biology, the field of biotechnology is constantly growing and diversifying. Graduates can continue their studies in the health sciences, medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical development, forensics or a variety of other fields.

"We wanted to offer a flexible program grounded in basic science and liberal arts, along with laboratory experience in standard biotechnological techniques," said Department Chairperson Loretta Stillman. "Graduates have the opportunity to enter the job market directly or transfer to a variety of four-year programs."

For more information about the Dental Assisting program, contact Colleen Dillon at 629-8115 or For information about the Biotechnology program, contact Loretta Stillman at 629-7407 or

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunities Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.