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05/04/2005
Capital District EOC Receives $25,000 Grant from Verizon Photo Available

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 4, 2005

(L to R) Capital District Educational Opportunity Center Vice President/Executive Director Lucille Marion, Hudson Valley President Dr. Andrew J. Matonak and Verizon New York President Paul A. Crotty
(L to R) Capital District Educational Opportunity Center Vice President/Executive Director Lucille Marion, Hudson Valley President Dr. Andrew J. Matonak and Verizon New York President Paul A. Crotty
The Verizon Foundation recently awarded a $25,000 grant to the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center for the purchase of 20 computers and accompanying software and textbooks.

"The generosity of the Verizon Foundation and philanthropic organizations like it provides Hudson Valley Community College with additional resources to ensure that our students are learning on the most up-to-date technology so they have a smooth transition into the workforce," said Hudson Valley President Dr. Andrew J. Matonak.

The computers will be used to enhance the learning environment for students enrolled in the EOC's Business Program, and will allow the EOC to better prepare them for entry-level clerical positions in the Capital Region's workforce. The EOC's Business Program enrolls approximately 140 students per year.

"New computer technology, in combination with the right software and textbooks, will provide these students a powerful tool with which to expand their minds and their career opportunities," said Verizon New York President Paul A. Crotty. "Verizon is honored to partner with Hudson Valley Community College and to support the Capital District EOC's efforts to make a difference in the communities we serve."

"The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center is very appreciative of this grant," stated Lucille Marion, Vice President/Executive Director. "Verizon's generosity has allowed the EOC to significantly enhance its Business Program through the addition of the twenty state-of-the-art computers, which will greatly benefit current and future students."

Since 1966, the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), a division of Hudson Valley Community College, has offered tuition-free academic and workforce development opportunities to economically disadvantaged and educationally under-prepared New York State residents 16 years and older. As a result, thousands of Capital Region residents have gained self-confidence in their own potential, realized career goals, and obtained self-sufficiency and economic independence. For further information, call (518) 273-1900.

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.

The Verizon Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications. In 2004, the foundation awarded more than 26,000 grants totaling more than $70 million to charitable and nonprofit agencies that focus on improving basic and computer literacy, enriching communities through technology, and creating a skilled work force. The foundation uses its resources in the United States and abroad to develop partnerships in technology and connect them with organizations serving the needs of diverse communities, people with disabilities, victims of domestic violence, and the economically and socially disadvantaged.

The foundation also supports Verizon Volunteers, an incentive program that last year encouraged Verizon employees to volunteer 528,000 hours in their communities and provided $37.6 million in combined contributions to charitable and nonprofit organizations. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.