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Hudson Valley Community College Continues to Expand Outreach in City of Albany; Extends Lease on Albany Extension Center

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, April 28, 2014

Hudson Valley Community College, which has operated its Albany Extension Center at 175 Central Avenue since 2002, has agreed to a five-year lease extension on the property beginning in 2015.

The Albany Extension Center, located on the fourth floor of the former Hauf Furniture building, includes three classrooms and a computer lab as well as a mock pharmacy for the college’s Pharmacy Technician training program. The college’s Workforce Development Institute, which oversees the pharmacy technician program, also offers other career-specific and customized corporate training programs at the site.

“We have a well-established presence in the city of Albany and we plan to continue offering a variety of college courses and career training courses at 175 Central Avenue,” said President Drew Matonak. “The Albany Extension Center is one of a dozen off-campus locations around the region where we offer courses. In the fall semester, these locations increased access to higher education for nearly 1,000 students.” 

This spring, the college is offering seven classes, with a total of 77 students at the Albany Extension Center. In the fall, the college plans to offer 10 course sections in a variety of business and liberal arts subjects at the center. The pharmacy technician program also runs on an ongoing basis at the site.

This is one of several recent outreach efforts the college has made in the city. Last year, the college began offering an accelerated version of its EMT-Paramedic program with lectures at the headquarters of the City of Albany Fire Department. The program accommodates professional firefighters from the city and other Capital Region communities. This fall the college also plans to offer college-level courses at the Capital South Campus Center, an education/community center at 20 Warren Street that is scheduled to be completed this summer.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: 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 nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.


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