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Hudson Valley's EOP Helps Coordinate Community Outreach Effort

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, November 26, 2001

Hudson Valley Community College's Education Opportunity Program (EOP), in coordination with the Albany Housing Authority's "Working To Achieve Gainful Employment" (WAGE) Center, has scheduled a series of monthly workshops intended to promote its educational opportunities. The workshops will be held at the Community Classroom in Albany (220 Green Street) on the fourth Tuesday of each month.

The first workshop is slated for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. This is scheduled to be a year-round project, and additional workshops also will be held at 6 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each upcoming month, at the Community Classroom.

"The Community Classroom is a convenient location to meet and orientate potential students to Hudson Valley Community College," said Hudson Valley's Louis Coplin, director of student life at the college and co-coordinator of the outreach effort. "We feel we can be of some real help here; many of Hudson Valley Community College's programs are geared at helping people find work or advance their careers."

"We work to help our residents become employable and marketable," said Carol Bourne, who, as program manager of WAGE Center, is working with Coplin to organize the workshops. "The educational opportunities at Hudson Valley Community College will help in our efforts."

The WAGE Center serves as the clearinghouse for all of the Albany Housing Authority's self-sufficiency and service-providing programs. The WAGE Center offers targeted outreach efforts, intensive job-readiness programs, vocational and educational training, and case management that promotes economical and personal self-sufficiency.

Hudson Valley's EOP provides academic support services and supplemental financial assistance for students considered at high-risk of not reaching their full academic potential due to socioeconomic causes.

Hudson Valley Community College 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 programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering 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.