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Hudson Valley Community College and Northeast Career Planning to Sponsor Gambling Addiction Panel Discussion

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, or Tom Tift (518)273-0818,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, March 4, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College will host "Recovery Works," a panel discussion featuring individuals in recovery from problem gambling, on Wednesday, March 9 from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. in the college's Siek Campus Center. The purpose of the panel, being held during National Problem Gambling Prevention Week, is to promote awareness of how wide-spread gambling addiction is. The public is invited free of charge.

It is estimated that approximately one million New Yorkers, including college-age students, have a gambling problem. Gambling opportunities for both young and old include card-playing, games of skill, casinos, sports and Lottery games. The average person seeking help with a gambling addiction has typically incurred a debt of $55,000 to $90,000.

A collaborative effort between the college's Center for Counseling and Transfer and Northeast Career Planning, the event will feature personal stories of problem gambling and recovery told by panel members, including FLY 92 disc jockey Brian Cody. Cody has discussed on air his struggles with gambling and recently celebrated one year without gambling. Panelists also will answer audience questions.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate's 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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.

The Northeast Career Planning Problem Gambling Prevention program uses an interactive and lively approach for disseminating information on gambling, such as the odds of winning and losing, debunking some myths about gambling, the signs that a gambling problem may be developing, ways to limit those risks, and where to go for help with a gambling problem. NCP's Gambling Prevention Program is available for delivery to college and university campuses, secondary schools and other public venues in Rensselaer County. Education /awareness programs can be tailored for health and wellness fairs, youth groups, senior citizens, veterans or any other target group.