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12/21/2001
Hudson Valley Ranks Among Top 2 Percent Of Wired Colleges

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, December 21, 2001
http://www.hvcc.edu

Hudson Valley Community College is ranked No. 19 among two-year institutions across the country in the recently released "Yahoo! Internet Life 2001 Most Wired Colleges" survey.

This is the first time Hudson Valley has participated in the survey, which has been conducted for the last four years. The survey's main objective is to judge American colleges with regard to the presence and helpfulness of their Internet and Web resources.

"Hudson Valley Community College was founded in 1953 as a technology school," said John Buono, president of the college. "I'm quite proud of our ranking in the ‘Yahoo! Internet Life 2001 Most Wired Colleges' survey. Clearly, Hudson Valley Community College still understands and stresses the importance of technology."

"Today's students are computer literate and in choosing a college they do look at the degree to which technology will be a part of their educational experience,' said Bryan Eaton, Hudson Valley's director of Computer Services. "Being recognized as one of the nations top 20 community colleges in this survey shows that a student attending Hudson Valley will receive an education enriched with technology."

Roughly 1,700 community colleges, from all 50 states, were invited to participate in this year's survey, which was conducted by Yahoo! in partnership with Peterson's, a prominent national provider of education information online and in print. Each school was scored in six categories: infrastructure; student resources; Web portal; e-learning; technical support; and wireless access.

Overall, Hudson Valley placed among the top two percent of community colleges. Hudson Valley received a B+ in the Web portal category, which factors in design and navigability, as well as usefulness of the college's Admissions Web site and the availability of information.

The survey further enhances Hudson Valley's reputation as a technology savvy campus: the college boasts a Computer Café, open to students 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with 99 computers using the Windows 2000 operating system; the total number of student-access computers has doubled in the past academic year, jumping from 160 open-access computers to 304 computers that are available to students; and a faculty member from the college's Instructional Support Services is on-duty at the Computer Café from at 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. to assist students.

Additionally, Hudson Valley recently put laptop computers in the hands of 40 students in the college's Computer Information Systems department, introducing wireless computing to these students and about a dozen members of the college faculty.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: 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 10,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.