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Office of School Programs and Educational Outreach Created at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8073
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, February 11, 2000

Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono announced today that he has created a full-time permanent director position in the Office of School Programs and Educational Outreach.

Holly Pennock of North Greenbush will assume the director's title. It is a position she has held since the office was first created at Hudson Valley Community College in 1996. Previously, she had been a faculty member with a reduced course load, overseeing the office.

The Office of School Programs and Educational Outreach will have administrative control over all joint educational programs with local school districts, as well as a new function. The office also will oversee efforts by the college to help integrate "character education" programs in local school curricula.

"Over the past three years, Ms. Pennock has proven to be highly effective in creating links with local school districts,"said Buono. "Our 'College in the High School' program has tripled in size under her leadership. This year, nearly 1000 students are taking college-level courses in their own high schools, thanks to our program."

Pennock has been with the college since 1981. She was a psychology professor in the Behavioral and Social Sciences department prior to taking the administrative position. Pennock received her bachelor's degree from the State University College at Oswego and her master's degree from Russell Sage College.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as the Educational Opportunity Center, which offers certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.