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01/12/2009
Hudson Valley Community College Names New Building Systems Technologies Department Chair

CONTACT: Jessica Shahda, (518) 629-7180, j.shahda@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Jan. 12, 2009

Richard Porter
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Richard Porter, of New Scotland, an automotive and electrical construction and maintenance professional, has been named department chair of the Building Systems Technologies department at Hudson Valley Community College. He brings nine years of teaching experience.

Porter will oversee the administration of the Electrical Construction and Maintenance (ECM); Heating and Refrigeration Systems (HRS); and Plant Utilities Technologies (PUT) curricula, as well as the various certificate programs: Photovoltaic and Overhead Line Worker.

Porter’s background is primarily in the automotive field. He also worked in the maintenance of printing presses and bindery equipment at Hamilton Printing Co. Inc. in Castleton on Hudson. While working at Hamilton, he enrolled in the Electrical Construction and Maintenance program at Hudson Valley and received his A.O.S. in 1997.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Building Systems Technologies students and instructors to help develop a workforce that will make a positive contribution to the Capital Region community," said Porter.

In 2002, Porter started teaching Electrical Construction and Maintenance courses at the college. He went back to school again, taking classes here at Hudson Valley, SUNY Oswego, and finally at Empire State College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 2006. He plans to attend Empire State College for his master’s degree.

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. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.