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Hudson Valley Community College's NEATEC Will Host Workshops at NY STEAM Girls Collaborative Kickoff Conference

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

The Northeast Advanced Technological Education Center (NEATEC) based at Hudson Valley Community College is hosting two hands-on activities at the New York Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (NY STEAM) Girls Collaborative Kickoff Conference on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the college’s Malta site.

Aimed at promoting collaboration and improved communication among organizations and individuals who are committed to informing and motivating girls to pursue careers in STEM, workshops take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at TEC-SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies), 345 Hermes Road in in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®). Registration is open to educators, STEM professionals, non-profit organizations and businesses.

Activities designed by NEATEC will demonstrate how small a nanoscale is and will make participants aware of the properties of hydrophobic and hydrophilic materials that we use in our everyday lives.

NEATEC is a member of the Girls’ Collaborative board of directors and its female staff serve as mentors to girls interested in math- and science-based exploration.

The NY STEAM Kickoff is sponsored by the University at Albany/Informatics DepartmentNew York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and Hudson Valley Community CollegeNYSUT will provide in-service hours and certificates to teachers who attend.

NEATEC was organized at Hudson Valley in August of 2010 with nearly $3 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to promote STEM and technology education throughout the Northeast and to aid in the development of a skilled technical workforce for the semiconductor and nanotechnology industries. Its goals are to sponsor internship-based training and workshops, to assist the college in recruiting students for its technology programs, and to develop pipeline programs that promote careers in the industry to students in grades K through 12.

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 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.