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07/08/2004
Hudson Valley Community College Ranks in Top Three Percent of American Two-Year Colleges

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, July 8, 2004

Hudson Valley Community College ranks in the top three percent of all American two-year colleges in terms of the number of associate's degrees it awards each year, according to a survey released recently by Community College Week, a bi-weekly higher education newspaper.

The statistics, which are based on numbers from the 2002-2003 academic year, show that Hudson Valley had 1,274 associate's degree graduates during that academic year, ranking it 60th among all two-year colleges in the number of associate's degrees awarded. For the most recent academic year (2003-2004), the college had 1,552 graduates.

"These results show the positive impact our educational institution has on this area," President Marco J. Silvestri Ph.D. said. "Hudson Valley will continue to provide excellence in higher education and innovative programs to meet the needs of the Capital Region, New York State and beyond."

The newspaper ranks the Top 100 two-year and four-year colleges based on the number of associate's degrees and one- and two-year certificates conferred. Valencia Community College in Florida ranked first among two-year schools in the recent survey with 3,708 graduates.

There are 2,231 public and private two-year colleges in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

Hudson Valley also ranked 16th among all two-year colleges in the number of Criminal Justice associate's degrees granted during the 2002-2003 year, according to the survey.

The college's annual graduate follow-up survey for 2003 revealed that 92 percent of respondents either transferred to another college or university or had found a job in their field. Albany Medical Center, St. Peter's Hospital and Ellis Hospital were the top three employers noted by graduates, signaling Hudson Valley's lead role in educating the area's health care workforce. The top three transfer schools were the University at Albany, The College of Saint Rose and Siena College. In all, 65 percent of transfer students from Hudson Valley chose schools within the Capital District.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. 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 workforce training. The college has nearly 60,000 alumni.