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08/17/2005
Price Chopper Training Center Hosts Hudson Valley Community College Instant Admission Day Photo Available

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Technical Assistant Amy Catalina, left, helps a potential student process her application during Instant Admission Day at the company's Schenectady training center.
Technical Assistant Amy Catalina, left, helps a potential student process her application during Instant Admission Day at the company's Schenectady training center.

Domenic Palumbo drove three hours from central Connecticut for the chance at a new future on Thursday, August 11.

Palumbo was one of several Price Chopper associates who showed up at the Price Chopper School of Learning on Eastern Parkway in Schenectady so he could begin his education at Hudson Valley Community College this fall.

A senior produce clerk at the Vernon (Conn.) Price Chopper, Palumbo plans to take advantage of a new partnership between the regional supermarket chain and the college, which hosted its first Instant Admission Day at the Schenectady Training Center on Thursday.

Ron Sundermann of Cobleskill speaks with Admissions Counselor Christine Beckstein at the Instant Admission Day.</
Ron Sundermann of Cobleskill speaks with Admissions Counselor Christine Beckstein at the Instant Admission Day.
Last fall, the college and Price Chopper announced a partnership that would create an industry-specific Business Administration program for Price Chopper associates. The Supermarket Management and Operations Certificate program, which will start this fall, combines Business Administration classes and courses specific to the retail food industry.

"I saw the flier in the break room and decided to come down here and get it all started," said Palumbo, who hopes to one day move into management at Price Chopper. "I'm looking forward to it."

Price Chopper officials hope more employees embrace the program as energetically as Palumbo and the six-state supermarket chain is offering several incentives to make the program attractive, including scholarships and tuition reimbursement for its associates. In addition, many of the courses will be available online so that associates across the region can take advantage of them without having to come to campus. Palumbo will take his fall semester classes via online learning.

Price Chopper Training Director Terry Hall
Price Chopper Training Director Terry Hall
"This is the incubator period for this collaboration," Price Chopper Director of Training Terry Hall said. "This program is for the younger associate but it's also for those who may have been employed with us for 15-20 years and have never thought of attending college. We hope to see it grow."

Price Chopper has approximately 22,000 associates.

Several of the courses involved in the collaboration are currently under review by the State University of New York and are scheduled to be offered in Spring 2006.