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03/28/2007
Hudson Valley Community College, County Officials Discuss Blueprint for College's Future
Master plan addresses space, parking issues

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 378-3835 - cell
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hudson Valley Community College officials today met with Rensselaer County officials to brief them on the college's five-year master plan that will serve as a blueprint for the future and ensure that it can continue to meet the needs of students and the entire Capital Region.

The first phase of the plan, which totals $70 million, encompasses two projects:

  • Construction of a 500-car parking structure on the south side of campus. These spaces would augment a new 300-car surface parking lot scheduled to be completed behind the McDonough Sports Complex by the Fall 2008 semester.

  • Replacement of Brahan Hall with a new Brahan Science Center, which would replace outdated science labs located in Brahan, and renovate classrooms and associated office spaces now in Amstuz and Fitzgibbons Halls.

"This plan is critical to our ability to serve our students and the community," Hudson Valley President Andrew J. Matonak said. "We need to ensure that our academic facilities meet the education and workforce needs of Rensselaer County and the Capital Region. This plan will provide the foundation for that to happen."

The facilities master plan, which was approved by the college's Board of Trustees in October, totals $147 million and addresses the needs of the entire college campus. It details renovations that would be done to nearly every building on campus, with the exception of the recently renovated Raymond H. Siek Campus Center and the new Administration Building. It also estimates that the college's student headcount will reach 14,652 by the 2012-13 academic year.

During the next several months, college officials will continue to make the case for support of the first phase of the master plan to Rensselaer County, its sponsor.

In order for the first phase to proceed, it must have the support of both the Rensselaer County Legislature and Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino. Without Rensselaer County's support for the first phase of the plan, the college cannot submit the projects for funding to the State University of New York, which has a competitive process for capital construction funds for its 30 community colleges.

At its meeting in April, the college's Board of Trustees will ask the Legislature for its support of two resolutions. The first supports the college's decision to have its Faculty Student Association fund half the cost of the parking deck - $7.8 million - with the balance of the $15.6 million project being submitted to SUNY for funding. The second resolution would commit the county to funding 50 percent of the $54.4 million cost of the new Brahan Science Center and related renovations to Amstuz and Fitzgibbons Halls; SUNY funding being sought for the balance of that project.

The college sought alternate funding for the parking structure from the Faculty Student Association because it recognized that the county continues to face increased demands on its budget.

"However, the college needs the county's support for the balance of the first phase of this plan. We believe that an investment in Hudson Valley is truly an investment worth making," Matonak added.

In his remarks to county officials, Matonak also discussed the economic benefits of the college. Each year, the college provides a $360 million return on the county's annual investment of $3.1 million, according to an economic impact study conducted for the college.

If the county and SUNY support the first phase of the plan, work would begin next year, with the new parking deck scheduled for completion in Fall 2009 and the new Brahan Science Center open for the Fall 2010 semester.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College is the fifth largest of the 30 community colleges in the SUNY system, and is the largest public undergraduate institution in the Capital Region. Fall 2006 enrollment totaled 12,119 students and this spring, the college experienced its highest enrollment ever, with a total of 10,550 full- and part-time students. 2006-07 academic year fact sheet.

Capital Region residents comprise 87 percent of Hudson Valley's students, and after graduation, between 80 and 90 percent of the college's annual graduates remain in the region, either by taking a job in the region or transferring to another college or university.

The college offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In addition, Hudson Valley offers associate's degree and certificate programs that either directly educate and train - or prepare individuals for additional training and education - for 77 of the 98 fastest-growing jobs in the Capital Region, as ranked by the New York State Department of Labor and reported in the March 16, 2007, issue of The Capital District Business Review.

Of the top 10 jobs on the list, Hudson Valley provides education and training for eight of them: semiconductor processors, network systems and data communications analysts, computer software engineers and systems engineers, medical assistants, electronics engineers, computer software engineers, dental hygienists, and network and computer systems administrators.

"This plan is vital," Matonak said. "It will allow the college to keep its competitive edge and continue providing the quality of education that Rensselaer County residents and residents from throughout the Capital Region have come to expect and deserve."

Proposed Brahan Science Center.
Proposed Brahan Science Center.

Hudson Valley Community College 2006-07 Academic Year Fact Sheet

Hudson Valley Community College began its 2006-07 academic year on Monday, Aug. 28. Tuition for the 2006-07 academic year for in-state residents is $2,700. Founded in 1953, the college offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Enrollment (Fall 2006):

  • Total headcount: 12,119 new and returning students. Includes full-time, part-time, matriculated (enrolled in a degree or certificate program) and non-matriculated students.

  • Total headcount includes 3,322 new matriculated students, 5,390 returning matriculated students and 3,407 non-matriculated students.

  • Top five academic programs for matriculated students are: Individual Studies; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Liberal Arts; and Physical Education Studies.

  • Top five counties of residency are: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Columbia.

New Academic Programs

Hudson Valley Community College constantly evaluates its degree and certificate programs to ensure that its academic offerings are up-to-date. New programs for the 2006-07 academic year include:

  • Biological Sciences associate's degree program.
  • Criminal Investigation associate's degree program.
  • Dental Assisting certificates (one credit-bearing, the other credit-free).
  • Gallery Management associate's degree.
  • Heating Systems certificate and Refrigeration and Air Conditioning certificate.
  • Photovoltaic Installation certificate.
  • Retailing option in the Marketing associate's degree.

Transfer Agreements

Hudson Valley has more than 100 program-to-program agreements with more than 40 four-year institutions that allow for a smooth and seamless transfer. New program-to-program transfer agreements with four-year institutions include:

  • Albany College of Pharmacy
    • Associate's degree in Biotechnology to bachelor's degree in pharmaceutical science
  • Empire State College
    • Associates degree's in 54 program areas - from business and liberal arts to health sciences and technologies - to bachelor's degrees in 10 different program areas.
  • Sage College of Albany
    • Associate's degree in Human Services to bachelor's degree in creative studies
    • Associate's degree in Nursing to bachelor's degree in nursing
    • Associate's degree in Biological Sciences to bachelor's degree in clinical biology
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst
    • Associate's degree in Business Administration to bachelor's degree in sport management

2006-07 Budget

The college's budget for the 2006-07 academic year totals $83.4 million and will be used as follows: $42.7 million (51.2 percent) for instruction and academic support; $16.1 million (19.3 percent) for administration and institutional support; $13.7 million (16.4 percent) for employee benefits; $7.6 million (9.1 percent) for maintenance and operation of the physical plant; and $3.3 million (4 percent) for student services.

Governance

The college is one of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York System; it is currently the fifth-largest community college in the state.

Sponsored by Rensselaer County, it is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees; five trustees are appointed by the Rensselaer County Legislature; four appointed by the governor; and the student body elects one representative. The student trustee serves a one-year term that coincides with the academic year; all other board members serve seven-year terms.