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09/29/2000
Hudson Valley Community College to Offer Computer Technician Training at Albany Housing Authority

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071 or Eric Bryant 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, September 29, 2000
http://www.hvcc.edu

In an effort to reach a wider audience in the inner city, Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute will offer its A+ Microcomputer Support Technician Training program at the Albany Housing Authority, beginning October 24.

The A + training, which will run from Oct. 24 through Feb. 24, gives students the tools to enter the microcomputer repair field, one of the fastest growing industries in the country. The 16-week A+ certification course is scheduled to run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings and during the day Saturdays, at the housing authority's Laden Training Center at 1 Lincoln Square in Albany.

"This course is for people who hope to get a start in the microcomputer field," said Hudson Valley Community College President John Buono. "It provides real job-ready skills for those who can complete the training."

The Albany Housing Authority is already partnering with Hudson Valley Community College and the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) to provide educational offerings at the facility. The EOC offers job readiness, job search and retention training through the authority's WAGE Center, as well as GED and Adult Basic Education. Hudson Valley also currently offers building trade courses at the site through the Office of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.

"Albany Housing Authority is delighted to extend its collaboration with Hudson Valley Community College to include coursework leading to the A+ computer certification," said AHA Executive Director Steven T. Longo. "It is essential to bring higher education to the inner city so that residents can acquire the skills to find jobs that pay a living wage. We are pleased that our collaboration with the college enhances our Steamboat Square Self-Sufficiency campus and furthers this goal."

For more information about the A+ training program, contact Mike Armstrong at the Workforce Development Institute, 629-4830.

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 Opportunities 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.