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Delmar Resident Judith Bowers Receives President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at Hudson Valley Community College

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Judith L. Bowers of Delmar, a faculty member at Hudson Valley Community College’s Educational Opportunity Center, was recently honored with the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The President’s Award for Excellence was established in 1985 by then President Joseph J. Bulmer as a way to recognize excellence in teaching and professional service on campus. Each year, a campus committee accepts nominations for the honor and chooses those who they deem fitting of the honor.

Bowers, an assistant professor, has been teaching at the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) since 1999. The EOC offers tuition-free academic and workforce development opportunities to disadvantaged and educationally under-prepared New York State residents. As one of the faculty members whose goal is to help students prepare for high school equivalency examinations, Bowers has spent the past two years re-writing the equivalency curriculum to adhere to the new, more rigorous standards of the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). Students praised her ability to challenge and motivate them to achieve their goals.

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 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.