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08/14/2006
Hudson Valley Offers New Certificate Programs in Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Programs offer part-time, evening study for the working student

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 14, 2006

Hudson Valley Community College will offer two new certificate programs this fall that will allow individuals interested in the heating, refrigeration and air conditioning field to work while going to school in the evening.

The 29-credit Heating Systems Certificate and 26-credit Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Certificate programs will be offered during the evening, allowing students to complete either certificate in four semesters of part-time study. The programs are designed for the HVAC/R technician who is seeking advancement or a student interested in the field but who wants to work while going to school.

“These certificate programs will expand Hudson Valley Community College’s commitment to providing an educated workforce in the Heating, Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration industry, which is in need of qualified workers,” said Joseph Sarubbi, chairman of the college’s Building Systems Technology Department.

Coursework includes lectures and hands-on laboratory work, with an emphasis on design fundamentals, application and diagnostics. Both certificate programs include courses required for the college’s Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services associate’s degree, allowing students to study toward that two-year degree if they choose.

Each certificate program will enroll 10 to 15 students initially, and grow to accommodate 15 to 25 students.

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; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. 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 more than 60,000 alumni.