Hudson Valley And GE Fanuc Work Together
CONTACT: Jeff Foley or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, May 3, 2001
Students enrolled in Hudson Valley Community
College's Electrical Construction and Maintenance program are currently
benefiting from a pair of generous donations by GE Fanuc Automation, a
leading global supplier of industrial control systems and a joint venture
between GE and FANUC, Ltd. of Japan. GE Fanuc is part of GE Industrial
Systems, which is one of GE's major businesses.
The recent donations, made through GE Fanuc's University
Partner Program, consisted of $15,000 worth of industrial control equipment
and $5,000 worth of PLC software.
"This hardware and software will go a long
way in helping us keep pace with the industries' needs for highly trained
employees," said John Buono, President of Hudson Valley Community College.
"GE Fanuc is very pleased to provide Hudson
Valley Community College with our products," said Paul F. Daugherty, GE
Fanuc's commercial marketing manager. "Our hope is that Hudson Valley will
find the equipment to be a useful training solution as they prepare their
students for careers in the field of industrial automation and control."
The Electrical Construction and Maintenance
program at Hudson Valley prepares graduates for the vast opportunities
in the rapidly expanding electrical industry. The program, for which no
prior electrical courses or experience is needed, offers students the opportunity
to learn about the electrical field by beginning with the simplest circuits
and progressing to the cutting edge of 21st-century technology. During
750-plus hours of hands-on experience, students gain a great understanding
of theory and a strong knowledge of the methods and materials used by today's
Hudson Valley's Electrical Construction and
Maintenance program is entering its third year of enrollment in GE Fanuc's
University Partnership Program, which is geared toward providing colleges
with high-quality technical equipment to prepare students for the growing
demands of high-tech automation industries. Two years ago, Hudson Valley
received $22,000 worth of PLC equipment from GE Fanuc.
Industrial control equipment is a broad term
used to describe any device – from power generation to automobile painting
to food packaging – that enhances production through automation. PLC equipment
is one of the main components in that arena.
"We're very grateful for GE Fanuc's assistance,"
said Joseph Sarubbi, an Electrical Construction and Maintenance professor
at Hudson Valley. "Donations like this allow our students to learn current
technology. It prepares them for the real work world, making them sought-after
employees before they even graduate."
There are countless opportunities available
in the electrical construction and maintenance field. Among the job titles
obtained by Hudson Valley's graduates are: maintenance electrician, construction
electrician, technician, manufacturing equipment technician-chip fabrication,
controls technician, facilities technician and controls engineer. Companies
such as IBM, Intel, Philips, Kimberly-Clark, Aneco Electric, Adirondack
Beverage, Freihofer Baking Company, Mohawk Paper, Niagara Mohawk, Quad/Graphics
and Bruno Machinery are currently pursuing Hudson Valley's Electrical Construction
and Maintenance students.
Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy,
offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions;
Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and
Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University
of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 9,000
students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives
and worker retraining.