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Hudson Valley Community College Dedicates GE Wind Technology Lab At TEC-SMART
GE contributes $400,000 in wind technologies and technical assistance to advance college's Wind Energy programs Photo Gallery Available

Hudson Valley Community College - Deborah Renfrew: (518) 629-7180;
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Malta (Oct. 18, 2011) - Officials from Hudson Valley Community College and GE joined dozens of local business leaders and elected officials for a special dedication of the GE Wind Technology Lab today at the college's Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART).

The dedication, which followed a morning panel discussion on green job opportunities, recognized GE's gift of high-tech wind turbine equipment to TEC-SMART. The contribution includes two wind turbines - 1.5 megawatt and 50 kilowatt units - and related components. In addition to the equipment donation, GE will provide ongoing operational and technical assistance to Hudson Valley faculty. The estimated value of the technology and technical assistance is approximately $400,000.

"GE is proud to provide this technology and technical support to the students and faculty of Hudson Valley Community College," said Victor Abate, vice president of GE's Renewable Energy business. "Our partnership with the college helps ensure students receive leading-edge training and have access to high-tech equipment to enable them to apply what they learn in the classroom. The skills and experience they gain will uniquely position them for success in driving the renewable energy industry forward -- which is vital to the energy future of our country and the world."

The equipment will be the centerpiece of the new GE lab, and will provide highly specialized training opportunities for students enrolled in the College's Wind Technician Certificate program. The 25-credit hour program, which was developed for students who have earned an associate degree in Electrical Construction and Maintenance (ECM) or those who have related electrical skills, provides additional education and training to prepare graduates to succeed in the global wind energy job market. In addition to the equipment donation, GE has played an active role in the college's wind technology program by providing ongoing guidance on curriculum development and by delivering the company's recognized Wind Energy Training Program to faculty.

"We are grateful to GE for advancing the training opportunities in Hudson Valley's wind energy program," said Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College. "GE certainly demonstrates valuable insight into the future of wind technology and its resulting economic impact for the Capital Region and beyond."

Opened in January 2010 in NYSERDA's Saratoga Technology + Energy Park® (STEP®),TEC-SMART features more than a dozen classrooms and laboratories used to train the workforce in semiconductor manufacturing and green technologies, including alternative fuels and the installation and maintenance of photovoltaic, geothermal and wind energy systems. Recently, the facility was awarded Platinum-certification status from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program of the United States Green Building Council. TEC-SMART is a joint project of Hudson Valley and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.

"NYSERDA applauds GE's donation of state-of-the-art wind turbine technologies to Hudson Valley Community College. This contribution will provide students with a hands-on opportunity to develop the required skills and experience necessary to enter the wind energy industry upon graduation," said Francis J. Murray Jr., president and CEO of NYSERDA. "The partnership between GE and Hudson Valley demonstrates how the private sector and academia are working together to ensure a skilled workforce is available to expand New York's clean-energy economy."

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 nearly 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.