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03/01/2000 Officials Find Exactly What They Need At Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071 Dan Curran [] (518) 456-3021, ext. 284 FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 1, 2000 When set up shop recently at Rensselaer's Technology Park, the four-year-old, web-based business didn't have to look far for workers. In need of employees in a hurry, contacted the Cooperative Education Department at Hudson Valley Community College. The Department arranged for to hold an on-campus information session, which was followed by interviews. Within a matter of weeks, a pipeline was established – hired 12 Hudson Valley Community College students, who have already started or will start work in March. The Cooperative Education Department assists students in finding employment within their chosen career field. "It's a terrific way for students to have hands-on experience and network with a variety of companies while going to school," said Jennifer McDonald, Assistant Director of Cooperative Education. "One reason we at like the Capital District is because of the large number of two- and four-year colleges and universities," said Tom Brownell,'s vice president for engineering. "Access to a well-educated pool of applicants makes it easier for companies like to succeed." is a business-to-business, web-based resource that uses patent-pending parametric search technology to connect engineers and other technical buyers with the products and manufacturers they need based on engineering specifications. Users of have access to bias-free information from about 3.7 million product specifications from the world's leading suppliers arranged in more than 130 product areas. The new hires from Hudson Valley will be working as Internet Content Technologists. They will be responsible for transposing technical product information from suppliers' catalogs into the database, as well as indexing the suppliers' websites. Company officials said the Internet Content Technologist's salary range is competitive. "We're thrilled that Hudson Valley Community College students are landing these jobs," said John L. Buono, President of the Troy college. "There's clearly a need for educated workers, and this speaks well for the caliber of students that attend our institution. These jobs are technical in nature, and they provide hands-on training for the future. Experience like this can only put our students and graduates in even higher demand." was created in 1996 by engineers who were frustrated with the industry pattern of accessing technical product information by manually searching paper-based directories. Company founders realized the Internet's potential as an interactive, central repository and created to serve engineers and other technical buyers while also opening a virtually instantaneous connection between manufacturers and potential buyers. currently has 30 employees, and the company expects to employ more than 100 workers by the end of 2000, including more Hudson Valley students. "'s biggest benefits to the students is that they learn a great deal about technical products, the companies that make them and the technology behind them, which is all very complimentary to what they're learning in school," Brownell said. "We also offer flexible work hours which enables students to continue with their normal day- or evening-school hours." 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 Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of more than 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley Community College has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. The Cooperative Education Department is located at Hudson Valley Community College's Career Planning and Placement Office in Room 201 of the Campus Center. For more information, students can contact Dr. James Mosher or Jennifer McDonald at (518) 629-7326 or