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08/03/2004
Hudson Valley Programs Sign Teacher Education Transfer Agreement With SUNY New Paltz

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, August 3, 2004

With a nationwide shortage of teachers that could reach 2 million in the next 10 years, Hudson Valley Community College is helping to bridge that gap with several new transfer agreements.

The college recently signed two agreements with SUNY New Paltz that provide a seamless transfer into the junior year of New Paltz's Early Childhood and Childhood Education baccalaureate programs.

Students hoping to complete a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or Childhood Education at New Paltz can transfer up to 70 credits from Hudson Valley Community College, effectively entering the programs as juniors. Early Childhood students can be certified to teach children from birth through kindergarten and Childhood Education students can be certified to teach pupils in grades one through six.

Hudson Valley currently offers an Early Childhood associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree. About 75 percent of Hudson Valley's Early Childhood graduates continue their education at the baccalaureate level. The Early Childhood program also has transfer agreements with The College of Saint Rose. The agreement with New Paltz is the first between Hudson Valley's Teacher Preparation program and a SUNY institution.

Those interested in entering the Childhood Education program at New Paltz can complete a specialized Individual Studies associate's degree at Hudson Valley that will begin their core general education requirements. The Individual Studies Department estimates that approximately 100 students have indicated a desire to continue their education in a baccalaureate teacher education program.

"The ability to transfer into one of the top SUNY teacher ed programs will make this a very attractive option for our students," said Dr. Todd Wysocki, department chair for Individual Studies.

Hudson Valley's Interim Teacher Preparation Department Chairperson Nancy T. Cupolo believes the classroom experience gained at Hudson Valley will benefit those wishing to transfer. "Students are getting classroom experience and extensive field observation during their first year at Hudson Valley, and that experience is invaluable to them," Cupolo said.

"The School of Education at SUNY New Paltz is delighted to work with Hudson Valley Community College," said Robert Michael, dean of the School of Education at SUNY New Paltz. "This transfer agreement will bring their top students into our early childhood and childhood programs," both of which have been registered through the state Education Department and have received national accreditation through the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

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, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.