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Seven Hudson Valley Community College Students Headed to Germany for Five Weeks to

CONTACT: Lisa Roche (518) 629-8063 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, May 22, 2000

On Monday, May 22 seven Automotive Technology students from Hudson Valley Community College gathered at the USAir ticket counter in Albany International Airport, preparing to depart for Germany to study for five weeks at Kuniberg Berufskoleg, a vocational training school in Reckinghausen, about 60 miles north of Cologne. Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono saw the students off.

Hudson Valley has established a partnership with Kuniberg Berufskoleg. In Germany, Hudson Valley students will live with German host families and accompany young German apprentices to their jobs at German dealerships. In spring 2001, German apprentices will travel to the Capital Region, where they will take courses at Hudson Valley and work in Capital Region car dealerships.

The Kuniberg Berufskolleg is a vocational training school for students 17 years of age 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.

The trip also includes many field trips and cultural events, which are provided at no charge to the students. These include: a visit to Amsterdam, as well as planned excursions to car dealerships and car plants, Automotive training schools, the State Parliament in Dusseldorf, the city of Munster, the city of Cologne, and other cultural activities, such as a visit to the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar". Students will also have the chance to go hiking, swimming, water-skiing and have a barbecue with the German students.

The following students flew out of Albany International Airport today:

Adam Coonrad, 18, of Averill Park: Adam works at Goldstein Chrysler Jeep of Latham, and is a first-year student in the Chrysler Automotive Program (CAP).

Michael Holmes, 19, of Slingerlands: Michael is in his first year at the Chrysler Automotive Program (CAP). He works at Albany Dodge.

Paul Eisenhandler, 20, of Averill Park: Paul is a second year student in the Automotive Tech and Auto Body program. His father is also a car mechanic.

Olger Kita, 20, of Albany: Olger is in his second year in the Chrysler Automotive Program (CAP). He works at Albany Dodge with Michael Holmes. Olger was born in Albania and has been living in Albany for the past four years.

Daniel Gutterman, 20, of Selkirk: Dan has worked at Goldstein Buick for two years. He is in his second year in the Automotive Service Excellence Program (a GM program).

Peter Blackbird, 20, of Queensbury: Peter is in his first year in the Automotive Technical Services Program, which is a general program. He works for Autozone. He plays polo at a club in Saratoga Springs.

David Dwyer, 23, of Rennselaer: David is a first-year student in the Automotive Technical Services Program. He works at Sears Automotive Center.

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.