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11/11/2002
Project Lead The Way Lab Draws A Crowd

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, November 11, 2002

Image of John L. Buono, president of Hudson Valley; Dr. Crystal Gips, dean of education at The College of Saint Rose; and Richard Blais, executive director of Project Lead The WayOn Wednesday, November 6, Hudson Valley Community College hosted a standing room only ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Project Lead The Way lab. The lab, which is located in room 108 of Hudson Valley's Lang Building, houses $114,000 worth of computer integrated manufacturing and robotics equipment.

Hudson Valley is the first community college in the nation to become part of the Project Lead The Way system, which partners with public schools, higher-education institutions and private-sector organizations to increase the number of engineers graduating from colleges. 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.

The ribbon cutting itself illustrated just how important the Project Lead The Way lab will be to the entire community. The following individuals snipped the ribbon: John L. Buono, president of Hudson Valley; Dr. Crystal Gips, dean of education at The College of Saint Rose; and Richard Blais, executive director of Project Lead The Way.

Image of Douglas Baldrey and Richard BlaisImage of Frank Raymond and Holly Pennock Additionally, as part of the ceremony, former Hudson Valley professor and associate dean Douglas Baldrey and Frank Raymond, currently an associate professor at the college, were honored for their involvement with Project Lead The Way.

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.