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10/09/2003
Hudson Valley Community College Expands Program Options for Computer Information Systems Students

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 9, 2003

If specialization is the key to career success, students in Hudson Valley Community College's Computer Information Systems (CIS) program should be well prepared for the future. State University of New York and State Education department officials recently approved a curriculum plan for the two-year college program that will allow Hudson Valley's CIS students to specialize in one of five program options: System & Network Administration, Internet Programming, Web Design, E-Commerce and Business Applications Programming.

The new options will provide students with a core curriculum but also provide elective coursework that allows students to focus on one of the five program option areas.

"This will provide an adaptable but structured framework for our Computer Information Systems students who wish to specialize in a certain area," said Hudson Valley Community College Vice President for Academic Affairs Carolyn Curtis. "As a two-year program, we have to accommodate students who wish to start their career directly after graduating and those who want to continue their education. These new program options allow students to specialize while also providing the common core of knowledge all information technology professionals need."

The new program specializations will be offered in addition to the current Computer Information Systems associate in applied science degree.

The curriculum follows standards set by the "IS 2002 – Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems," which was set up by the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for Information Systems and the Association of Information Technology Professionals.

For more information about the new program options or the Computer Information Systems program in general, call Dr. James Looby, Computer Information Systems department chairmen, at 629-7225.

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.