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05/24/2004
Capital District EOC Holds Graduation

CONTACT: Marilyn Shapiro (518) 273-1900 ext. 2226 or Steve Mullen (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, May 24, 2004

WHO: More than 500 graduates of the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC).
WHAT: Graduates will receive program certificates of completion from the EOC’s academic, business, service, and technical programs.
WHEN: 6 p.m., Thursday, May 27

WHERE:

McDonough Sports Complex
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy

DETAILS:

The following students are available to share their inspiring stories. Please call Marilyn Shapiro at (518) 273-1900, ext. 2226, to set up interviews.

Altona Cramer, of Albany, faced major life changes when her husband’s death also meant the death of their family-owned, carpet-cleaning business. Through perseverance and determination, she has graduated from the Center’s Office Skills, Information Processing Technology, and Advanced Information Technology Programs. Her internship has lead to a position as a receptionist with Terminal Millworks of Albany.

Andrea Lanier, of Troy, was a single mother of two children and working as a cashier when she was referred to the EOC’s Bridge Program through the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services. Her mother suggested that she enroll in the EOC’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program, and she completed the 120-hour program. After initial difficulties in passing the certification exam, she reached out to her instructors for extra help: as a result of her tenacity, she passed the exam and now works at Van Rensselaer Manor.

Tina Maxwell, of Albany, was working as a waitress when she heard about the EOC’s Cosmetology Program from a friend. Maxwell, who always had an interest in the cosmetology field, applied and was delighted to find that she was eligible for the center's tuition-free training. A mother of three, Tina overcame personal problems and completed the 1,000-hour program in January. She is now employed at Kimberly’s Day Spa in Latham, where she enjoys a good salary, good benefits, and has a job she loves.

Since 1966, the Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College, has provided vocational training, academic preparation programs, and job placement services to the Capital District and a seven-county area of New York. Through education, intensive casework, and comprehensive employment services, eligible New York residents who are 16 years old and older are offered specific skills to gain employment, to succeed on the job, and to encourage ongoing personal and professional development. For more information about the EOC, call 273-1900.