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Hudson Valley Community College To Offer American Sign Language Class This Fall

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, August 9, 2001

American Sign Language is being offered for the first time at Hudson Valley Community College this fall. The class, which also will provide insight into the culture of the deaf community, will be offered Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is limited so it is best to enroll early. For more information or to register, please contact the Office of Continuing Education at 629-7338.

The American Sign Language course will fulfill the State University of New York foreign language requirements for:

  • programs leading to certification in elementary and secondary education, and
  • programs leading to careers in health or social service agencies where there is likely to be significant contact with individuals who are deaf or hearing-impaired.

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.