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Criminal Justice Program Among Country's Most Productive; Ranks Sixth in Number of Graduates Among Two-Year Schools

MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

Criminal Justice is one of the most popular academic majors at Hudson Valley Community College and the program is building a national reputation as this year it again ranked nationally among the top ten programs of its kind among two-year schools.

According to a survey recently released by Community College Week, a bi-weekly higher education newspaper, Hudson Valley awarded 178 Criminal Justice associate degrees in 2011-2012, earning the program a rank of sixth among the nation’s two-year schools.

Community College Week ranks the top two- and four-year colleges based on the number of associate degrees and one- and two-year certificates conferred. This year marks the 11th in a row that the college’s Criminal Justice has ranked among the top 15 two-year programs of its kind.

The Criminal Justice program, which has graduated more than 1,000 students during the past decade, has a lengthy history at the college and it includes several notable alumni, including the current Chief of Police in Orlando, Florida, Paul Rooney ‘84.

In 2010, the college signed an agreement that allows the college to host upper-level courses in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree program. The agreement gives Hudson Valley graduates the chance to continue taking classes toward a bachelor’s degree on the Troy campus.

Students interested in the criminal justice field at Hudson Valley can not only pursue one of two associate degrees in Criminal Justice, but the college also offers degree programs in Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science Studies.

For more information about studying in the programs overseen by the college’s Department of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration, contact the college’s Admissions Office at 629-7309.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 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.