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04/24/2003
Hudson Valley To Offer May 3 Workshop For Alcohol And Drug Abuse Counselor Hopefuls

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, April 24, 2003

Anyone planning to take the "Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC)" exams should also make plans to be at Hudson Valley Community College from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, when Hudson Valley's Workforce Development Institute will host a "Getting Ready To Test" workshop.

The workshop, which has helped more than 3,000 counselors nationwide pass the written and oral alcohol and drug abuse counselor exams in the past decade, will take place in Meeting Room 1 of Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

The daylong workshop costs $119, and can it make a huge difference for those hoping to gain certification. Approximately 45 percent of the individuals who take the written and/or oral exams without first taking the workshop fail on their initial try. On the other hand, approximately 96 percent of the individuals who have participated in the workshop or who have utilized the manual that is used at the "Getting Ready To Test" workshop pass on their first attempt.

To register, or for more information, call (518) 629-4827.

The workshop will focus on:

  • Key study areas for the written examination;
  • Tips for building effective test-taking skills;
  • Identifying strong and weak areas through written test-taking practice;
  • What to expect on the oral examination;
  • And designing an effective study schedule.

Founded in 1953, 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, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.