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03/10/2005
DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund Awards $9,300 to Hudson Valley Community College

Grant to benefit Automotive Technology programs at the college

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, March 10, 2005

The DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund has awarded a $9,300 grant to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation to benefit programs offered through the college's Automotive Department.

The Automotive Department will use the grant funds for the purchase of new specialized tools and shop equipment, including a new lift for the College Automotive Program that Hudson Valley offers in partnership with DaimlerChrysler, and to recruit students.

"As the need for qualified automotive service technicians grows – the federal Department of Labor estimates there will be 35,000 new jobs available annually in the service sector of the automotive industry – so does the interest in our program," said P. Phillip White, interim chairman of the Automotive Department. "This grant will allow us to ensure our curriculum and equipment is up-to-date so we can continue to meet the demand for highly-trained professionals."

In addition to the College Automotive Program offered in partnership with DaimlerChrysler, Hudson Valley offers three other automotive degree programs, each of them certified by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation: Automotive Technical Services, Auto Body Repair, and a cooperative education programs with General Motors. A total of 250 students are enrolled in Automotive degree programs at the college, with 21 of them participating in the DaimlerChrysler program.

The Automotive Technical Services program has been offered at the college since its founding in 1953; the college expanded its offerings to include Auto Body Repair in 1987. The college has partnered with General Motors since 1985, and DaimlerChrysler since 1994; students who graduate from those programs are guaranteed jobs at either GM or DaimlerChrysler dealerships.

The mission of the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund is to make a positive, lasting difference in the communities and business environments in which the corporation does business. During 2002, the DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund contributed more than $25 million to sustain and strengthen hundreds of charitable institutions that impact education, arts and humanities, public policy, human services, and civic and community involvement.

The Hudson Valley Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable corporation formed in 1983 to philanthropically support the college's mission. Gifts to the Foundation from alumni, corporations and friends are used to enhance programs, facilities and scholarship opportunities at the college.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 60 degree and certificate 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.