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08/27/2007
Hudson Valley Community College 2007-08 Academic Year Fact Sheet

CONTACT: Jason McCord (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, August 27, 2007

Hudson Valley Community College begins its 2007-08 academic year today, Monday, Aug. 27. Tuition for the 2007-08 academic year for in-state residents is $2,800. 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.

On Saturday, Aug. 18, more than 2,100 new students, their parents and other family members (approximately 960 students, 1,200 family members) attended Orientation 2007, a series of workshops designed to acclimate students to the campus and give them, and their family members, strategies for academic and collegiate success.

  • Enrollment (as of Monday, Aug. 27, 2007)
    • Total headcount: 9,854 new and returning students. Includes full-time, part-time, matriculated (enrolled in a degree or certificate program) and non-matriculated students.
    • It is important to note that Hudson Valley Community College is an open enrollment institution and enrollment figures for the Fall 2007 semester will not be finalized until the first week in October. In addition, on campus evening classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 4, and off-campus classes begin Monday, Sept. 10. Last year’s enrollment (Fall 2006 headcount) totaled 12,119 full- and part-time students.
  • Total headcount includes 3,419 new, matriculated students (up 7 percent over last year).
    • Top five academic programs for new, matriculated students: Individual Studies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Liberal Arts and Physical Education Studies.
    • Top five counties of residency for new, matriculated students: Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady and Columbia.
    • Top five high schools from which new, matriculated students graduated: Shenendehowa, Colonie, Shaker, Albany and Columbia.

New Academic Programs
Hudson Valley Community College constantly evaluates its degree and certificate programs to ensure that its academic offerings are meeting the needs of its students and the community it serves. New programs for the 2007-08 academic year include:

  • Architectural Technology associate’s degree program
    • This two-year program prepares students for immediate positions in the architectural field or allows them to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree and become a licensed architect.
    • The program builds upon a core of electives that have long been offered through the college’s Civil Engineering Technology program. The new Architectural Technology curriculum emphasizes the creation of detailed residential and commercial construction drawings, rendering and designing of a variety of building types, and an understanding of building methods, materials and cost estimating procedures.
  • Criminal Investigation associate’s degree program
    • This new associate’s degree program in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides a strong academic background in investigative techniques, forensic science, evidence collection and analysis.
    • Designed for students who wish to enter the law enforcement field immediately after graduation, the Criminal Investigation program complements Hudson Valley’s Criminal Justice program, which concentrates on law, corrections, administration, criminology and community policing, as well as the college’s Forensic Science Studies program, which prepares graduates exclusively for work in a laboratory environment.
  • Gallery Management associate’s degree program
    • This program in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences prepares students for transfer to four-year degree programs in gallery management, arts management, museum studies or art history. It is ideal for the student who has a keen interest in art, but not necessarily the desire to be an artist.
    • This new degree builds upon the college’s highly-regarded, eight-year-old Fine Arts program. Hudson Valley already has secured transfer agreements – with Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire and the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University – for the new program.
    • Gallery Management students will be able to take advantage of a new 2,000-square-foot Teaching Gallery, located in the college’s new Administration Building. The gallery, which had been housed in the Marvin Library, will serve as a “living laboratory,” with students planning, hanging and marketing upcoming shows.
  • Insurance option in Business Administration
    • This option in the college’s existing Business Administration associate’s degree program was created with the help of the area’s insurance agencies to provide a trained workforce for this important segment of the Capital Region’s economy.
    • The Insurance option curriculum provides individuals interested in a career in the insurance industry with a strong business foundation, an understanding of the key principles of the insurance industry, and a skill set which will prepare them for a new career or advancement in their current careers. All aspects of the insurance industry are covered, from personal and commercial insurance to agency management.
  • Retailing option in Marketing
    • This new option is part of the Marketing associate’s degree program in the School of Business. It provides students with a solid background in business and marketing, complemented by specific courses in sales management, small business management and retail management.
  • Photovoltaic Installation certificate
    • This program, in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies, trains students for jobs in the growing industry of solar panel installation and maintenance. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) worked with Hudson Valley to develop the certificate, which is part of the college’s Electrical Construction and Maintenance program.
    • Students study theory in the classroom and gain hands-on experience installing both roof- and post-mounted solar panels in Hudson Valley’s photovoltaic lab on campus.

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:

  • Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
    • Associate’s degree in Fine Arts to bachelor’s degree in fine arts
  • Clarkson University
    • Associate’s degree in Computer Information Sciences to bachelor’s degree in information systems and business processes

    • Associate’s degree in Business Administration to bachelor’s degree in business technology management

  • College of Saint Rose
    • Associate’s degree in Liberal Arts: Mathematics and Science to bachelor’s degree in computer science
  • State University of New York at Cobleskill
    • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood to bachelor’s degree in child care and development
  • State University of New York at Plattsburgh
    • Associate’s degree in Broadcast Communications to bachelor’s degree in audio or television production

Financial Aid
Staff in the college’s Mastrangelo Financial Aid Center assists students in obtaining all the financial aid opportunities available to them, explaining the financial aid process and holding workshops throughout the course of the year. In 2006-07, 5,816 full- and part-time students received financial aid. A total of $23.4 million in aid was disbursed to Hudson Valley students in 2006-07.

Additional Parking Facilities
The college has approximately 3,000 parking spaces on campus; for the first month of the semester, temporary parking is available on the grass in front of the Marvin Library and on the west side of the Bulmer Telecommunications Center.

The college’s Public Safety Department also will have additional officers on duty during the first two weeks of the semester to assist with parking and traffic control.