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Hudson Valley Community College Offers Online Courses to High School Students Statewide this Spring

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

Online courses will be available in the spring 2013 semester for all New York State junior and senior high school students at the reduced tuition rate of $50 per credit hour through the College in the High School program at Hudson Valley Community College. The college began to offer online courses specifically for high school students for the first time this past fall.

In accord with the Hudson Valley academic schedule, online courses run from January 22 to May 10, and include accounting, art history, library research skills, communications, entrepreneurship, Latin and Spanish languages, psychology, sociology, business law, intro to computing, and marketing. All are taught by Hudson Valley faculty.

Many of these courses are intended to supplement those which may have been eliminated from high schools due to budget cuts, or may be courses that students have not been able to fit into their required high school curriculum and want to take as an elective. One-, three-, and four-credit courses are available.

Online courses offer high school students the flexibility to work on their own schedule while gaining college credit at the reduced rate. The $50 per credit hour tuition rate is one third the cost of regular tuition, and full-tuition scholarships are available to students who qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. The deadline for registration is January 14.

“By adding online courses to the College in the High School curriculum, Hudson Valley makes it more convenient for students who want to gain extra credits toward a college degree while still in high school,” says Suzanne Brownrigg, director for High School Programs and Educational Outreach at Hudson Valley. “Our program strives to provide every available option to students, and we are pleased to be able to offer courses to every high school junior and senior in New York State.”

Additional information about online or traditional courses and a downloadable registration form can be found on the College in the High School Web site at Interested students also may call (518) 629-8164.

Hudson Valley’s College in the High School program is one of only 66 in the country to be accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP).

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; 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 75,000 alumni.