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Community Members and Politicians Gather For Grand Opening, Open House and Dedication of James Emerson Sharp Memorial Hall at EOC

CONTACT: Katie Bradley (518) 273-1900, Ext. 2219; Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071,
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, March 20, 2014

Who: EOC Vice President/Executive Director Lucille Marion, along with faculty, staff and students; Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak and leaders from the State University of New York; Business, community and construction partners and local, state and federal government officials.

What: EOC Grand Opening and Open House; Dedication of James Emerson Sharp Memorial Hall

When: Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 1 p.m.

Where: Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)
431 River Street, Troy, NY 12180

Details: After 30 years on Congress Street in Troy, EOC hosts a community celebration to showcase its new facility at 431 River Street (Hedley Park Place). The 50,000 square foot space includes several lecture and computer and technology-enhanced classrooms, student support areas and specialty labs for the center’s career-based programs in building trades, cosmetology, culinary arts, nursing assistance and welding.

A large meeting room for EOC events will be dedicated in honor of James Emerson Sharp, former vice president and director of the Capital District EOC.

Jim Sharp served the EOC for 25 years from 1970 to 1995 and played a major role in its development and advancement.

EOC opened its doors in 1966 as the Urban Center in the former Naval Reserve Center on the corner of Washington and Front Streets in Troy. In 1973 the institution was renamed the Educational Opportunity Center and, in 1984, moved to the former Bumstead Chevrolet Building at 145 Congress Street.

In January 2014, after a 10-year search for a new facility, the center moved to its new location at 431 River Street.

The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center, a division of Hudson Valley Community College, provides 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.