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Be Part of a National Discussion on the Future of Higher Education at Hudson Valley Community College on March 9

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072

Hudson Valley Community College will host a discussion titled “Shaping our Future: How Can Higher Education Help Us Create the Society We Want?” on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bulmer Telecommunication Center meeting rooms on the Troy campus.

The college invites members of the community to join a dynamic discussion that uses a public deliberation model. The discussion is part of a national dialogue sponsored by the Kettering Foundation and the National Issues Forum.

The public deliberation process is helping communities across the United States engage in meaningful dialogue about key issues of the day and to deal with real world problems. The conversations can help to bridge differences and identify common ground as well as determine directions for meaningful community change. Additional deliberations tied to the needs and issues in our communities are being planned on campus for the future.

The college’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, the Student Senate, Campus Ministry and Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society chapter are sponsoring the event.

If you would like join the discussion, please call Kit Haynes at (518) 629-7690 or e-mail and leave your name and contact information.

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 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.