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11/14/2007
Hudson Valley Community College and National Grid Unveil New Overhead Electric Line Worker Laboratory
College to offer first SUNY approved line worker training program in New York

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2007

WHO: Officials from Hudson Valley Community College and National Grid.
WHAT: Ribbon cutting for college’s new Overhead Electric Line Worker Laboratory.
WHEN:

2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2007

WHERE:

Williams Hall, Room 102
Hudson Valley Community College campus
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy

DETAILS:

Hudson Valley Community College recently received state approval to offer the first SUNY approved Overhead Electric Line Worker Certificate program in the state. National Grid approached Hudson Valley about creating a training program due to the large number of retiring line workers who repair and maintain overhead electric power lines. Students enrolled in the certificate program will gain hands-on experience in the new laboratory, which is equipped with utility poles, transformers and wiring similar to an actual job site.

DIRECTIONS: Enter the Hudson Valley Community College campus via South Road (the entrance across from the Country Grove restaurant). Follow South Road and take a left into the parking lot just past the Joseph L. Bruno stadium. Take an immediate right and head toward the building (Williams Hall) right next to the outdoor Photovoltaic (solar panel) Laboratory. Use the entrance near the Photovoltaic Laboratory. Williams Hall Room 102 will be down the hall on your right.