Hammering A Path To Success
CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or (528)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, April 18, 2002
Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono
revisited his past recently, hammering in the final nail of an intersecting hip
roof that was built by eight students taking "Principles and Practices of Light
"I worked for Sano-Rubin Construction Services in
1966," said President Buono as he climbed onto the 20- by 16-foot roof, which
features a 4- by 12-foot intersecting ell. "I was a laborer, and I helped build
Maria College. Let me tell you, I hauled a lot of lumber."
President Buono was invited to put the finishing
touch on the roof by the class's students, who all are pursuing a Construction
Technology degree or a Construction certificate at Hudson Valley. The students,
who spent the previous two weeks installing more than 50 rafters, cheered as
President Buono used Professor Tim Dennis' hammer to pound in the final nail.
The project was done in the college's construction lab in Hudson Hall.
"This is one of the more difficult roofs to design
and build," said Joseph Sarubbi, department chairperson of Hudson Valley's
Building Technologies department. "The intersecting ell makes it a lot tougher
to cut. These students did a great job."
"It's great that Hudson Valley gives students a
chance to get hands-on experience like this," said President Buono, standing
next to the roof, which towered over him. "Other than the work world, there
aren't too many places where you can go through each of the steps involved in
building an intersecting hip roof. This type of experience, combined with the
practical knowledge of teachers like Professor Tim Dennis, will help these
Construction Technology program meets the growing needs of the construction
industry by training entry-level construction managers and by providing
continuing education for construction employees. Students learn to perform
surveys for construction-site layout, to prepare drawings for residential or
commercial construction projects and apply appropriate building codes, and to
assist in the layout and development of subdivisions.
The Construction certificate program, meanwhile, is a
one-year curriculum, and successful completion of the program enables graduates
to immediately enter the workforce in the area of residential construction. This
program meets the growing need for qualified entry-level workers whose primary
job duties will be working for a contractor in the field of residential building
Hudson Valley Community College
offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic
divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies;
Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational
Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic
preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York
system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known
as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.