CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 24, 2002
In light of a recent $200,000 Project Lead The Way grant, Hudson Valley Community College will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Project Lead The Way lab from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6. The lab, which is located in room 108 of Hudson Valley's Lang Building, will house $114,000 worth of computer integrated manufacturing and robotics equipment.
Project Lead The Way, a national program based in Clifton Park, partners with public schools, organizations in the private sector and higher education institutions to increase the number of engineers graduating from colleges.
Hudson Valley, meanwhile, is the first community college in the nation to become part of the Project Lead The Way system. As a model for community colleges, Hudson Valley is exploring opportunities for high school students to earn college credits and Hudson Valley will offer a guidebook to other community colleges across the nation by June 2003, helping them advance the quality technology opportunities available for students.
Hudson Valley's Project Lead The Way lab is part of the college's ongoing effort to meet the needs of today's technology industry. The lab will positively impact course offerings for the "2 + 2" program, an agreement between Hudson Valley and The College of Saint Rose that points students toward a bachelor's degree in Technology Education.
In 1997, Hudson Valley and Shenendehowa High School teamed with Clifton Park's Charitable Leadership Foundation to develop a pre-engineering model for high schools. Project Lead The Way was then initially introduced in 11 Capital Region high schools; through 2002, Project Lead The Way has expanded to encompass 502 high schools nationwide. In 2002, 70 Project Lead The Way students entered Hudson Valley to extend their engineering technology and engineering science education.
Thanks to Project Lead The Way's four-year sequence of courses that introduce students to the scope, rigor and discipline of engineering and engineering technology, Project Lead The Way students are better prepared for college engineering than others.
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 11,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.