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Hudson Valley Community College’s Viking Child Care Center to Offer New Scholarship Program

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, June 26, 2015

Parents who have young children in Hudson Valley Community College’s Viking Child Care Center (VCCC) can take advantage of a new scholarship program that aims to make the nationally-accredited child care center more affordable.

The new scholarships will be funded through an “Impact Grant” from the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation. The college’s Faculty Student Association, which oversees the center, recently learned that it was chosen for the grant, which will provide $150,000 in scholarship funding over five years.

“Many times over the years we have seen parents leave school for lack of child care tuition support,” said Ann Carrozza, executive director of the Faculty Student Association. “Funding from the Impact Grant will be used to provide child care tuition scholarships for our low income student parents, which will help them stay in school and achieve their educational goals.”

Beginning this fall, ten scholarships will be awarded each semester to low income students who enroll children in the VCCC, Carrozza said. Student-parents who hope to receive the scholarship must meet ongoing academic standards and show satisfactory academic progress to continue receiving the scholarship funding. Parents also must take part in two literacy-based family activities at the center each semester.

Willie A. Hammett, a former administrator at college, alerted the college to the potential scholarship funding. Hammett served as the vice president for student services and president of the Faculty Student Association when the current Viking Child Care Center was constructed in 2001.

“The Foundation recognizes that many students at the college are concerned about safe, reliable, and high quality child care for their young children while they are pursuing their degrees,” said Leslie Cheu, executive director for the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation. “Our goal is to provide access to affordable and excellent child care so that student-parents can focus on their studies.”

The new scholarships come at a time when grant funding and other tuition assistance programs for the child care center are being reduced. The new scholarships will allow VCCC to provide assistance to some student-parents who otherwise would be unable to afford the child care tuition. All students who receive the scholarship will still be required to pay a portion of the tuition.

The Viking Child Care Center is one of only 8 percent of early childhood programs across the country to receive accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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.

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