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11/17/2005
Bank of America Foundation Contributes $5,000 to Hudson Valley's Summer Programs for Children

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Bank of America Foundation has contributed $5,000 to the Hudson Valley Community College Foundation to benefit the college's summer programs for children.

The gift will be used to provide camp scholarships for low-income students. Through its Office of Community and Professional Education, the college offers a variety of athletic and educational summer camps for children ranging in age from five to 18.

"Bank of America recognizes the importance of Hudson Valley Community College in improving our local area and is proud to help support their efforts," said Jennifer MacPhee, regional president of Bank of America.

The college's summer academic enrichment programs enhance students' learning and social skills and the campus setting makes college less intimidating and increases the students' confidence that higher education is possible for them. Other camps offered by the college include basketball, soccer, dance and adventure; junior counselor training; and technology enrichment. Nearly 700 children participated in the college's summer programs this year.

The college has received a total of $21,700 in to benefit its summer camp programs. Other charitable organizations that have contributed are the Cohoes Savings Bank Foundation; the Troy Savings Bank Foundation; McCarthy Charities; the Hudson River Bank Foundation; Stewart's Holiday Match; and the WGY Christmas Wish.

The college's 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 schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation.