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08/08/2013
Hudson Valley Community College Hosts Male Leadership Workshop for African-American/Hispanic-Latino Students

MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013

What: The Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP) at Hudson Valley Community College is reaching out to Black and Hispanic first-year male students to acclimate them to college life and start them on the path to academic success through a day of leadership training workshops. Nearly 200 students have registered to attend this free event taking place on Friday, Aug. 9. A number of parents and other family members also are expected to be in attendance for workshops on how they can support their student.

Why: Studies, including one by the American Council of Education, show that African-American and Hispanic-Latino males are seriously underrepresented on college campuses and in graduation rates. A 2010 report by the council, covering six years, revealed male African-American graduation rates at 35 percent and Hispanic-Latino rates at 46 percent, compared to 59 percent for White males.

Who: Staff from Hudson Valley’s various academic support centers will meet with participants at workshop sessions throughout the day. City of Troy Mayor and former professor of accounting at Hudson Valley, Lou Rosamillia, will give brief welcoming remarks.

Where: The Siek Campus Center of Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY

When: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9.

Details: “Our goal is to help African-American and Hispanic-Latino males succeed in college by informing them, motivating them and preparing them academically and personally. These workshops will focus on the college’s resources for personal development, mentoring, tutoring, financial aid and more,” said Roy Pompey, Coordinator of CASP. “We see this day as a step in the right direction toward college success.”

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.