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08/01/2006
Proposed Alternative Fuels Certificate Fact Sheet

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 248-4555 – cell
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006

Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak's remarks, made at the announcement by New York State officials on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, of a new Alternative Fuel Research Lab at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park.

  • Hudson Valley Community College has a 53-year-old tradition of providing automotive education, and its proposed Alternative Fuels Certificate program builds upon that extensive knowledge and expertise, and responds to a demand within the automotive industry for this type of training.

  • Automotive faculty developed the eight course (29-credit) year-long certificate program. The proposed certificate is comprised of six existing, core automotive courses – Applied Math; Automotive Electricity; Fuel Systems; Automotive Electronics; Diesel Engines; and Alternative Fuels – and two new courses – Hybrids and Hydrogen Power Systems.

  • The proposal will be submitted to the college's internal governance structure – Curriculum Committee, Academic Senate and Board of Trustees – for approval this fall. It also requires approval from the State University of New York and New York State Education Department.

  • If all necessary approvals are granted, the college hopes to begin offering the certificate in Fall of 2007; the maximum enrollment will be 16 students.

  • The courses that constitute the proposed certificate program would be offered during the day and evening – both on the Hudson Valley campus in Troy and at the Saratoga Technology and Energy Park, the home of the state's new Alternative Fuel Research Lab.

  • New students – as well as currently-employed automotive technicians seeking to diversify their skill base – would be eligible to enroll in the program.

  • Hudson Valley Community College is committed to alternative energy and alternative energy education, and has partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the state Department of Environmental Conservation to embrace new programs and initiatives, including:

    • The college has partnered with NYSERDA to offer two photovoltaic installation, maintenance and repair courses to Electrical Construction and Maintenance students, and the college plans to use those courses as the basis of a proposed Photovoltaic Installation Certificate program. That proposal has been approved by the college and has been submitted to SUNY and the state Education Department for approval.

    • Support from DEC allowed the college to bring to fruition its cogeneration facility, which allows the college to generate its own electricity by burning natural gas in combination with methane from the former Troy landfill. By capturing and using landfill gas, Hudson Valley improves the local environment by reducing air pollution, minimizing safety risks associated with unharnessed gas, and tapping into an otherwise wasted source of usable energy. The college has been "off the grid" since April 2004.

  • The college's current automotive technician training programs are: Automotive Technical Services; Autobody Repair; Automotive Technical Services: DaimlerChrysler; and Automotive Technical Services: General Motors. Fall 2005 enrollment in those programs totaled 286 students.