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Dr. Rita Egan Appointed Department Chair of Teacher Preparation Department at Hudson Valley

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

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, September 4, 2001

\"ImageHudson Valley Community College recently announced the appointment of Rita Egan, Ph.D. as department chair of the newly established Teacher Preparation Department.

Hudson Valley Community College is responding to the foreseen nationwide shortage of teachers nationally by creating new programs leading to teaching careers. National estimates call for filling 2.7 million teaching positions by the end of the decade, and this demands more innovative solutions and programming by community and four-year colleges nationwide. Currently, Hudson Valley's Teacher Preparation Department offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in early childhood. In the future, the department is hoping to offer teacher preparation programs leading to certification in Childhood Grades 1-6, Childhood Grades 1-9, Secondary Education and Special Education as well as coursework for recertification of teachers and a program for teacher assistants.

Dr. Egan comes to Hudson Valley from Minnesota State University at Moorhead, MN, where she was a tenure track assistant professor in Foundations of Education.

Dr. Egan received her Ph.D. in Educational Administration at the University of Alberta, Canada in 1994. She earned her M.A. in Education at the Open University, U.K. in 1989 and her M.Litt. in Classics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland in 1980. Egan graduated magna cum laude as a classics major with English, French and adult education from Loyola College (Universite de Montreal), Quebec, in 1974.

Her academic career has been chiefly in the area of social foundations of education. While at Morehead State University in Kentucky, Egan authored the Multicultural Education Course for inclusion in the teacher education program. She has worked as a mentor to the foundations faculty at the White Earth Community College in Mahnomen, Minnesota. She has worked for the Edmonton Social Planning Council, Edmonton, Alberta and has served on numerous community boards.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering & Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts & Sciences. 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.