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Hudson Valley Community College Math Department Selected as Exemplary Program Nationwide

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, June 20, 2001

The American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges recently selected Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York as an Exemplary Program for "technical" mathematics. Hudson Valley Professor Jennifer Nichols and Assistant Professor Margaret Ann Leonard will represent the college at a National AMATYC Conference in September 2001. Travel expenses will be paid for under the NSF Grant "Technical Mathematics for Tomorrow: Recommendations and Exemplary Programs."

Department Chair and Professor Ann Marie Murray along with Nichols and Leonard will prepare a report about the college's programs which will be distributed to all two-year colleges and four-year college technology programs in the country and posted on the project Web-site.

"The Mathematics Department at Hudson Valley is committed to providing students with not only a broad-spectrum foundation in general mathematical skills, but also to providing them with specific skills targeted to prepare them to meet the rigorous demands of emerging technologies in business and industry," said President John L. Buono. "The curriculum is structured to allow flexibility to select a program that best fits students' scheduling needs, and industry-specific applications are custom-tailored to target students in a particular field, enabling them to achieve their educational and career objectives."

In a letter nominating the program, Murray wrote, "Perhaps the greatest strength of our department is its ability to develop courses that successfully meet both the educational needs of our students and the increasing demand for technologically sophisticated skills in a rapidly changing world."

At Hudson Valley Community College, students benefit from easy access to dedicated faculty, small class sizes, flexible class scheduling options including evening classes, and excellent laboratory and computer facilities. Students in the program have transferred to such prestigious colleges as Cornell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, MIT, Union College and Clarkson University.

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 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 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning and workforce training.