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Success Story
Single Mom Gains Confidence from EOC

Melissa Crawford was a high school dropout who pictured a future of poverty for herself and her son - then she found the EOC.
Read more about Melissa's success.

Employer News
Employer Breakfast Held in Spring

"Happy Days" was the theme of the EOC's 11th annual Employer Recognition Breakfast, which was held in April 2008 at the EOC's Troy facility. The breakfast recognized the valuable employers who either provided internship opportunities or hired EOC students in the past year.
Karen Taylor and Clara
 Cippollari of Van Rensselaer Manor are recognized by EOC Director Lucille Marion
 at the Employer Breakfast. Karen Taylor and Clara Cippollari of
Van Rensselaer Manor are recognized by EOC Director Lucille Marion at the Employer Breakfast. The Manor has hired many of the EOC's Nursing Assistant graduates.

Staff News
Abbott Reaches 40 Year Milestone from EOC

Mary AbbottWhen Mary Abbott first began teaching at the EOC in 1967, office computers did not exist. She trained her business students on IBM Selectric typewriters.

Abbott was instrumental in bringing the computer revolution to the EOC. She served as a member of the 1979 committee established to research the new technology that would be integrated into the EOC business program. Abbott also has been responsible for helping hundreds of business students successfully pass civil service exams.

Abbott was recently recognized for her 40 years of service, the first EOC staff person to achieve this milestone and only the fifth in the history of Hudson Valley. "Mary's dedication to the mission of the EOC and the caring attitude she demonstrated to the thousands of students she has touched is commendable," stated Dr. Marion.

Did you know?

The EOC has established an endowment fund with The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation to build funds to help provide support for the center's programs and services. For more than 40 years, the EOC has helped thousands create better lives for themselves and their families. To learn more about how you can continue this EOC legacy, call The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation at (518) 629-8012 or e-mail foundation@hvcc.edu.

EOC Honored by Governorís Office

Lucille Marion with Paul Larrabee
Lucille Marion with
Paul Larrabee
The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center is a 2008 recipient of the Governor's Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service.

The award is given annually to organizations that exemplify the spirit and enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The EOC was recognized for its work in "helping adult students gain self-confidence, achieve their personal career goals, reach their full potential, and maintain economic independence."

EOC Vice President/Executive Director Dr. Lucille Marion accepted the award on behalf of the EOC from First Deputy Commissioner Paul Larrabee of OGS at a ceremony at Empire State Plaza. More...

Welding Adds AWS Certifications

WeldingThe EOC is pleased to announce the Welding Program is now offering American Welding Society (AWS) certification.

According to EOC welding instructor Chris Lanese, the AWS certifications are the most widely used in the Capital Region's welding industry. The certifications ensure safe and reliable welding products will be produced and individuals associated with the welding operation will be safe. Upon successful completion of one or more of the welding certification tests, EOC welding program graduates will be nationally certified and will have enhanced employment opportunities in the welding field.

The equipment to administer the exam was funded through the Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Technical Education Act. Click here to read about our welding student's successes.

EOC Briefs

 Student works in ATTAIN lab at Troy EOC. EOC student works in ATTAIN lab at Troy EOC.
Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) labs are now available in both Troy and Albany facilities of the EOC. ATTAIN is a statewide technology based employment initiative funded by the NYS legislature that provides communities access to new technologies, education, and technology training.

In Fall 2008, the EOC will open technology enhanced classrooms in both facilities. The new instructional technology will allow the EOC to conduct distance learning as well as integrate technology into existing instruction.

EOC is partnering with Hudson Valley Community College to create a dental assisting preparation program that will prepare graduates to enroll in the college's online Alternative Dental Assisting Program. Funding for program planning is provided through Perkins funds.

Walsh Named EOCís Distinguished Alumnus

Dale WalshDale Walsh, a 1977 business graduate, was recognized at the 2008 EOC graduation as this year's Distinguished Alumni.

Walsh was recognized for demonstrating outstanding personal and professional growth and professional service.

Walsh was a newly divorced mother, working full-time days when she enrolled in the EOC's evening business program in 1976. Upon graduation, Walsh obtained employment in the business field. In 1978, she accepted a position at St. Peter's Health Care Services. Walsh later attended college at night, completing degrees at both associate and bachelor levels. She was promoted to her present position as recruiter at St. Peter's in 2004. Walsh visits high schools and non-profits, encouraging individuals to continue their education. She has promoted the EOC by through the hiring of EOC graduates at St. Peter's.

"Dale's accomplishments reflect her dedication to both St. Peters and the community, "said Dr. Marion. "She is well deserving of this recognition."

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About the EOC
Since 1966, the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center has offered tuition-free academic and workforce development opportunities to economically disadvantaged and educationally under-prepared New York State residents 16 years and older.
The center offers a wide array of vocational programs including building trades, welding, cosmetology, culinary arts, nursing assistant, and a number of general and medical business and office technology programs.
EOC also offers academic programs ranging from Adult Basic Education through College Preparation and includes a General Educational Development (GED) Preparation Program and English as a Second Language. Students and interested public can sign up to take the practice GED, which is given once a month.
This wide range of program offering is combined with other unique EOC services including individualized instruction, continuous enrollment, and job placement and post employment support.
Contact us!
For further information, call (518) 273-1900 or visit us on the Web at www.hvcc.edu/eoc/.

Executive Team
Dr. Lucille Marion
Vice President/
Executive Director
Sherri L. Mackey
Associate Director and Coordinator for Business Services
Mary Kay Gee
Coordinator of Instructional Services
Ann Marie Mone
Coordinator of Employment Services/Bridge Administrator
  Marilyn Shapiro
Coordinator of Program Development and Research
  Richard Spence
Coordinator for Student Services

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