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06/03/2002
Two School of Business Programs at Hudson Valley Community College Change Names, Expand Focus

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, June 3, 2002
http://www.hvcc.edu

Hudson Valley Community College's two professional "Office Assistant" degree programs have changed their names in an effort to show the programs' increasing emphasis on technology skills training.

The former Executive Office Assistant and Medical Office Assistant programs are now known as Administrative Information Technician and Health Information Technician, respectively. The state Education Department recently approved the changes.

Current and forthcoming curriculum changes in both programs will emphasize the need for a graduate with technological skills specific to their industry. A new curriculum addition to the Health Information Technician program, for example, will focus on ICD Medical Coding and Health Insurance Reimbursement, one of the most valuable skills for administrative personnel in that field.

"We are responding to the needs of the business and health care community," said Department Chairperson James Looby. "Both of these industries are in need of trained administrative personnel and we plan to fill that need with our graduates."

For more information about programs, contact the college Admissions Office at 629-7309.

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 each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.