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German Automotive Students On Campus at Hudson Valley for Five Weeks Of Classes and Job Shadowing

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, June 25, 2001

Through a partnership with Kuniberg Berufskolleg, a vocational training school in Germany for students ages 17 and older, Hudson Valley Community College's Automotive Technology program sent students to Germany and hosted German students here on the Hudson Valley campus in summer 2001. The partnership with Kuniberg Berufskolleg began in spring 2000 when seven Hudson Valley Automotive students traveled to Germany.

From May 17 to June 25, 2001, Hudson Valley sent a second group of American students to Germany for five weeks as part of its exchange program with the Kuniberg Berufskolleg in Recklinghausen. Five students from the Automotive Department, and one student from Individual Studies, took non-credit courses in German and Business at the vocational college, and job-shadowed in German businesses. The students received Cooperative Education credits for their work experience in the program. The students lived with host families, and visited Cologne, Heidelberg, Trier and the Mosel River Valley as part of the program. Although knowledge of German was not required to participate, the students prepared for their trip to Germany with ten hours of German lessons prior to departure.

During approximately the same time period, from May 21 to June 26, 2001, seven German students traveled to Hudson Valley to take non-credit courses in Business Applications and Concepts (taught by Danielle Aldi) and English as a Second Language (taught by Marina Gore). They also job-shadowed in area car dealerships, including: Keeler Motor Car Company, New Salem Saab, DeNooyer Mitsubishi, Northway Exchange Auto Auction, Cooley Motors, Otto Olds/Cadillac/Hummer/Daewoo, and Nemer Ford. The Eastern New York Coalition of Automotive Retailers (ENYCAR) helped locate placements for the German students in dealerships. The German students lived with host families for the duration of their visit. Members of the Hudson Valley community who generously opened their homes to the students and their chaperone include: Carol McCarthy; Marina Gore; Ursula McAffer; Inge Eley; and Susan McDermott. Other hosts include some of the student participants from last year—Adam Coonrad, Paul Eisenhandler and Peter Blackbird, and Diane Waldron from Averill Park.

The German students designed home pages in their English as a Second Language class. To learn more about our German visitors, click here.

The Kuniberg Berufskolleg is a vocational training school for students ages 17 and older. The school has 2,300 students who are in different apprenticeship programs. Students in the Auto Salesclerk program work for a few days a week at a local car dealership and study the other days of the week at the vocational school.

For more information about these exchange programs or about other international study opportunities through Hudson Valley Community College, please contact Amy Gumaer at 629-7500.

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 initiatives and workforce training.