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Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity

04/06/2011
Hudson Valley Community College, NYSERDA, Time Warner Cable Bring High-Tech World to Middle School Students

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
Jennifer Reed Holick (518) 640-8967, (518) 817-0154, jennifer.holick@twcable.com
Alan Wechsler (862)-1090 ext. 3561, anw@nyserda.org
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, April 6, 2011

WHAT: More than 100 Capital Region middle school students will tour Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies) facility in Malta and participate in Time Warner Cable's hands-on "Connect a Million Minds: Cracking the Codes in a Wireless World" curriculum.
WHEN: 9:30 a.m., Friday, April 8.
WHERE: TEC-SMART, located in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology and Energy Park (STEP) at 345 Hermes Road in Malta
WHY: Middle school students will see science and technology put into a real-life context by learning about careers in the technology sector. They will also take part in Time Warner Cable's efforts to connect youth to science, technology, engineering and math. These are the skills that will prepare this potential workforce for high-tech jobs in the Capital Region.
Speakers: Senator Roy McDonald, Congressman Paul Tonko and Assemblyman Tony Jordan all of whom will address students; Bob Callender, vice-president for operations and energy services at NYSERDA; Dr. Carolyn Curtis, vice-president for Academic Affairs at Hudson Valley; John Quigley, area vice-president for Time Warner Cable; Jennifer Reed Holick, communications manager for Time Warner Cable; Joseph Dragone, Ph.D., superintendent of Ballston Spa Central School District.
DIRECTIONS: www.hvcc.edu/tecsmart
DETAILS: TEC-SMART opened in January 2010. A joint initiative of Hudson Valley and NYSERDA, it features more than a dozen classrooms and laboratories where students are trained in semiconductor manufacturing and green technologies, including photovoltaics, wind energy, geothermal, alternative fuels and home energy efficiency. Students will see the five laboratories.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; 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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.

NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.

Time Warner Cable's East Region provides technologically advanced video, Internet and telephone services to more than 5.9 million residential and business customers. Time Warner Cable's East Region serves more than 1,300 cities in nine states, including Alabama, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. The East Region has more than 17,000 employees focused on delivering the company's mission every day by connecting people and businesses with information, entertainment and each other.