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Hudson Valley Community College to Offer Driver Education, Defensive Driving Courses at TEC-SMART Facility

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College will offer a 48-session driver education course at its TEC-SMART facility in Malta this winter.

The course, which includes 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of on-the-road instruction, begins Thursday, Feb. 14. Classroom sessions at TEC-SMART will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and drive sessions will be held on Saturday mornings. Students must be 16 years of age before the course begins.

Two other driving-related courses will be held by the college at TEC-SMART. A five-hour pre-licensing course will be held, Thursday, March 14, from 5 to 10 p.m. Completion of the course is required for any person seeking to take a Department of Motor Vehicles road test.

The college also will offer a Defensive Driving course from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 15 and 17. Those who successfully complete the course can receive a 10 percent reduction in motor vehicle liability and collision insurance premiums for a three-year period. Drivers who have violation points on their record will receive a four-point reduction.

All courses will be taught by certified instructors from Bell’s Driving School.

Registration begins Tuesday, Jan. 15. To register or more information, call Hudson Valley Community College’s Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.

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