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Automotive Department Open House at Hudson Valley Community College on April 5

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, March 28, 2014

The Automotive Department at Hudson Valley Community College will showcase its Automotive Technical Services, Automotive Body Repair and Automotive Management programs at an Open House on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Cogan Hall. Potential students and others interested in the automotive industry are encouraged to attend.

Employers and tool company representatives from the automotive industry will join college staff and advisors to provide information about careers, industry innovations and growth, educational requirements and program enrollment.

The day also will feature tours of the automotive labs and displays of alternative-fuel cars and race cars.
The Automotive Management program, new to the college in 2011, is designed to meet the demand for technically advanced and business-savvy workers for management positions at dealerships, automotive corporations or privately run service and repair shops. The Automotive Technology program has been offered at the college since 1953, while the Automotive Body Repair program has been in existence since 1987. All have master certification in applied academics from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

Automotive graduates move on to immediate employment or continue their education at four-year institutions. Industry experts predict a 19% growth in jobs in the field over the next five years.

For information about the programs, go to or call (518) 629-7272.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.