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11/12/2012
Thursday: Hudson Valley Community College Dedicates New Armed Forces Study Room as Part of Veteran-Focused Events

What: The dedication of a new veterans study room will highlight a day’s worth of activities at Hudson Valley Community College that showcase the college’s commitment to veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces.

When: Armed Forces Study Room Dedication, 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012.

Why: The idea behind the study room is to create a home on campus for our student veterans. The space will serve a two-fold purpose - a quiet, dedicated room for study and also a place where student veterans can get away from the hustle and bustle of the campus.

Transitioning from battlefield to classroom often leaves veterans without the familiar camaraderie to which they have grown accustomed. A dependable and supportive environment is essential to the success veterans achieved during their military careers. A space like the one being dedicated Thursday offers a physical location where trust, support, and “brother/sisterhood” can be found and fostered in an academic environment.

Where: The Armed Forces Study Room is located on the second floor of the newly-renovated Marvin Library Learning Commons on the Hudson Valley Community College campus, 80 Vandenburgh Ave., Troy, NY. Visitors may park in the South Drive parking garage.

Who: Several generous donors who provided funds for the room’s furnishing will be recognized at the dedication. They are: New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID); The Altamont Program, Inc.; and the Rensselaer County Veterans Organization.

NYSID supports job creation efforts for service veterans through its member agencies and assists other veterans' support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce.

This month, NYSID will participate in the opening of two new Battle Buddy Centers, at Fedcap Rehabilitation Services in New York City and through the Armed Forces Study Room at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. Battle Buddy Centers are safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. In addition, NYSID continues to support the Battle Buddy Center at Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango, in partnership with The Altamont Program, Inc.

The Altamont Program, Inc. serves the impoverished, the addicted and the socially disenfranchised to help them enter the world of work and become good citizens who contribute to their community. Relevant vocational training, complemented by job placement services, is provided to clients in need of skills or further training to obtain meaningful employment.

Details: The college also will be hosting several other events on that day including an early morning flag raising ceremony, a talk by soldier/poet Brian Turner and an Instant Admission Day for veterans, current service members and their families. The second annual Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College exhibit will also be on display on the first floor of the Marvin Library Learning Commons. For more information, go to: www.hvcc.edu/veterans/2012.

Hudson Valley Community College was founded 60 years ago as a vocational school for returning veterans from the Korean War, and we’ve continued to proudly serve the educational needs of vets throughout our long history. As more and more service members return to the Capital Region, we are stepping up our efforts to accommodate their academic needs.

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