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11/07/2006
Hudson Valley Community College Automotive Programs Receive National Certification
The college is one of only eight in state to achieve status

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, November 7, 2006

Three Automotive Technical Services associate’s degree programs offered at Hudson Valley Community College recently received National Certification in Applied Academics from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), a nationally recognized accrediting organization.

Hudson Valley’s Automotive Technical Services programs have been certified by NATEF in its technical areas for more than a decade. But the Applied Academics certification endorses the excellence of the academic areas of the programs, such as math, language arts and science. Only 112 schools in the country, and just eight schools in New York State, have received Applied Academic certification from NATEF.

The accredited programs are: Automotive Technical Services, the DaimlerChrysler College Automotive Program and the General Motors Automotive Service Education Program. Enrollment in the three, two-year programs for the Fall 2006 semester total 213 students. Hudson Valley has educated the region’s automotive technicians since the college’s inception in 1953. Graduates from the programs receive associate in occupational studies (A.O.S.) degrees.

NATEF is an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates technical training programs in secondary and post-secondary schools against standards developed by the automotive industry and recommends certification for programs that qualify.

“This national accreditation once again highlights the level of excellence Hudson Valley’s Automotive Technical Services programs are known for,” said Dr. Carolyn Curtis, vice president for academic affairs. “Not only are our students receiving first-rate technical training but also outstanding academic coursework that will provide them with a well-rounded education that will help them succeed in the automotive industry.”

Assistant Professor Robert Ormond and Associate Professor Christopher McNally led the certification process for the college’s Automotive, Manufacturing and Electrical Engineering Technologies Department.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 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.