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11/11/2004
Price Chopper and Hudson Valley Community College Announce Education, Training Partnership Photos Available

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 (Hudson Valley Community College) or
Mona Golub (518) 379-1480 (Price Chopper)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, November 11, 2004

New certificate program to be available exclusively for associates

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Price Chopper Supermarkets and Hudson Valley Community College today announced an innovative partnership that will link the college's Business Administration program to the supermarket chain's in-store management training program.

Leaders from Hudson Valley and Price Chopper detailed the collaboration, which will eventually lead to a college certificate program in Supermarket Management and Operations exclusively for Price Chopper associates, at a press conference in the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

"This is the beginning of a truly beneficial partnership," Hudson Valley President Marco J. Silvestri, Ph.D. said. "Hudson Valley has long been recognized as a leader in workforce training; I am thrilled that we have been able to develop a unique program that meets the needs of one of the region's major employers."

Added Neil Golub, chief executive officer and president of the Golub Corp., which operates Price Chopper Supermarkets: "As a regionally based company in a vital industry that builds lifelong careers, we value the opportunity to collaborate in crafting a specialized business curriculum focused on supermarketing. The exposure to food marketing that makes this educational partnership unique is that which will ultimately springboard students into career opportunities at Price Chopper."

Officials from Price Chopper and Hudson Valley worked together for five months to develop the partnership.

The 32-credit Supermarket Management and Operations Certificate will be composed of 10 courses: five existing Business Administration courses (Business Concepts and Applications, Legal and Ethical Environment of Business I and II, Business Math, and Business Communications); four new Price Chopper-specific courses (an Introduction to the Supermarket Industry, Supermarket Management, Center Store Operations, and Perishables) and a computer elective.

Academic leaders from Hudson Valley and training professionals from Price Chopper are working together to develop the four new courses. Those new courses, and the certificate program they comprise, must be approved by the college's governance structure, including its Academic Senate and Board of Trustees.

The State University of New York and the New York State Education Department also must approve the new offerings. The college expects to have those approvals in place so the four new courses can be offered in the Spring 2006 semester.

Price Chopper associates can begin their studies in the Spring 2005 semester, which begins Jan. 18, 2005, by enrolling in Business Administration courses that are part of the certificate. Those courses will be offered on campus, at off-campus sites and via distance learning, and instructors will tailor their assignments to meet the needs of the Price Chopper associates in their classes.

Students in the certificate program will have access to all of the college's academic support services, including the Learning Assistance Center, academic advisement, the library, and financial aid. The college also plans to have information and registration sessions exclusively for Price Chopper associates.

Once Price Chopper associates complete the 32-credit Supermarket Management and Operations Certificate program, they will be halfway to completing an associate's in applied science degree in Business Administration. Hudson Valley Community College has been offering business administration courses for more than 40 years.

Hudson Valley plans to offer all of the courses in an online or interactive television format by Spring 2006. "It is my sincere wish that we will eventually expand this program, via online learning, interactive television and by other means, to accommodate associates from Price Chopper's entire chain of stores," Silvestri added.

Based in Schenectady, New York, the Golub Corporation owns and operates more than 100 Price Chopper grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The family-owned company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative associate relations. Golub's approximately 22,000 associates collectively own 55% of the company's privately held stock.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 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 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has nearly 60,000 alumni.