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08/17/2004
Hudson Valley Community College to Offer One-Year Training Course for Highway Inspection Technicians

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Hudson Valley Community College's Workforce Development Institute has been awarded a two-year contract from the state Department of Transportation to recruit and train highway inspection technicians through a new one-year certificate program.

The Engineering Technician Training Program (ETTP) prepares students for jobs as infrastructure inspectors in the highway construction and maintenance field. Certified trainees are employed by engineering firms that contract with the state and federal highway departments to construct and maintain the highway systems.

Up to 20 trainees will be accepted into the new program at the college. They will spend the first semester working on basic skills to prepare them for college-level work. During the second semester, they will take five college-credit courses in the Civil/Construction Technology Department and prepare for the certification examinations for the National Institute of Construction Engineering Technicians (NICET) certification.

Once certified, graduates will be placed with local construction engineering firms. Their primary job duties will include physical inspection of road surfaces, bridge structures, and roadway paint markings, and characterization of soils associated with roadbeds and road structures.

"The ETTP program is an opportunity for individuals to upgrade their study skills and then use them to gain skills necessary to build and maintain the highway infrastructure we all depend on," Workforce Development Institute Director John Kucij said.

"Non-traditional and low-income students are very welcome in this program," curriculum coordinator Mike Armstrong said. "It is tailored to take serious students who don't have a technical background and give them the skills to succeed and become certified in a technical field that is in demand."

The program also is appropriate for men and women employed in construction who would like to move up to technician level.

For information about the ETTP program, contact the Workforce Development Institute at Hudson Valley Community College at (518) 629-4827.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, 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.