The Capital District Educational Opportunity Center was recognized with the Governor's Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany on Thursday, April 17.
The award is given annually to organizations that exemplify the spirit and enduring legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. The EOC was recognized for its work in "helping adult students gain self-confidence, achieve their personal career goals, reach their full potential, and maintain economic independence."
The EOC was nominated for the award by OGS. Dr. Lucille Marion accepted the award on behalf of the EOC from Paul Larrabee, First Deputy Commissioner, NYS Office of General Services, at a ceremony held in conjunction with the Dr. Martin Luther King Job Fair, which is sponsored annually by New York State Office of General Services and Department of Labor.
Also recognized at the ceremony were Price Chopper's Diversity Initiatives and the American Institute of Japanese Karate.
Since 1966, the Capital District EOC, a division of Hudson Valley Community College, has offered tuition-free academic and workforce development opportunities to economically disadvantaged and educationally under-prepared New York State residents.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community 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; 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.