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Hudson Valley Community College Partners with SUNY Cobleskill to Offer Early Childhood Bachelor's Degree on Campus

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Academic administrators from the two schools gathered on Dec. 7 to sign documents related to the agreement.
Academic administrators from the two schools gathered on Dec. 7 to sign documents related to the agreement. Seated from left is Dr. Marion Terenzio, president of SUNY Cobleskill, and Dr. Carolyn Curtis, Hudson Valley's vice president of academic affairs. Standing, left to right: Kathleen Puciato, chair of Early Childhood and Psychology at Cobleskill; Dr. Dawn Kolakoski, chair of the Hudson Valley Teacher Preparation Department; and Anita Wright, director of professional and continuing education at Cobleskill.
Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Cobleskill have signed an agreement that will allow the SUNY four-year college to offer the complete coursework of its bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies on the Hudson Valley Community College campus starting next fall.

The agreement is similar to partnerships the college has with SUNY Plattsburgh for its B.S. in Criminal Justice and Cazenovia College for its B.S. in Human Services. The agreements, between Hudson Valley and four-year institutions, are a way for Capital Region students to achieve a bachelor’s degree in a specialized field without leaving the area.

According to Hudson Valley Teacher Preparation Department Chairperson Dawn Kolakoski, the Cobleskill B.S. at Hudson Valley is perfect for students who are completing or have already completed the college’s associate degree in Early Childhood. The degree is one of the most popular at the college and annually enrolls approximately 160 students.

“We welcome any partnerships that can help our students complete their academic goals in a timely and convenient way,” said Hudson Valley President Drew Matonak. “This agreement with a fellow SUNY institution also highlights our commitment to the SUNY Transfer Pathway.”

“We are committed to the quality of education from the earliest learning experiences onward and are proud to increase access to this exceptional program and outstanding faculty,” said SUNY Cobleskill President Dr. Marion A. Terenzio.

More information about the new agreement can be found at

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 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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