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Niagara Mohawk Brightens Future For Hudson Valley Community College Graduates

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, September 17, 2001

Nearly 50 percent of Hudson Valley Community College's 2000 and 2001 Electrical Construction & Maintenance (ECM) program graduates – about 18 people – have found employment with Niagara Mohawk. The graduates, who started in entry-level positions, are working all across New York State and will have regular opportunities to advance their careers. With promotions, after about five years of service, they can earn more than $68,000 per year.

"Hudson Valley Community College's ongoing relationship with Niagara Mohawk illustrates what a tremendous demand there is for our graduates," said Joe Sarubbi, chairperson of Hudson Valley's Building Technologies department. "These Electrical Construction & Maintenance students are a good catch for employers; they leave Hudson Valley Community College with a two-year degree and more than 750 hours of hands-on experience. By the time they graduate, they're ready for the work world."

"We certainly appreciate how well-prepared Hudson Valley Community College's graduates are," said Joe Peluso, a Niagara Mohawk employee relations manager. "The graduates we've hired are being promoted, and will certainly be directed into good career choices at Niagara Mohawk."

The 2000 ECM graduates are working toward advancement to the following Niagara Mohawk positions: line mechanic; gas mechanic; service representative; tree trimmer; maintenance mechanic; meter and test technician; relay tester; cable splicer; materials management; equipment operator; garage mechanic; and regional operator.

Hudson Valley's ECM program offers students the opportunity to learn about the electrical field by beginning with the simplest circuits and progressing to the cutting edge of 21st-century technology. No prior electrical courses or experience is needed to enter the program.

Niagara Mohawk is an investor-owned energy services company that provides electricity to more than 1.5 million customers across 24,000-square miles of upstate New York and natural gas service to more than 540,000 customers across 4,500-square miles of eastern, central and northern New York.

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.