Two New Academic Programs Approved for Fall 2001 at Hudson Valley Community College
CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, June 5, 2001
The State Education Department and State University of New York have
granted approval for Hudson Valley Community College to offer two new academic
programs this fall.
The college will begin offering a one-year certificate program in Dental
Assisting and a two-year associate's in science degree in Biotechnology.
"These two new programs show our continual effort to provide programs
that students want and programs that lead to good jobs," said Hudson Valley
Community College President John Buono. "With Dental Assisting, you have
a program that can lead to a career position after as little as one year
of study. With Biotechnology, you have transfer possibilities that can
lead a student to wherever he or she might want to go."
A Dental Assisting certificate was offered at the college until the
late 1980s, but was discontinued. Recent changes in state law that require
specific training and certification for all dental assistants, and a growing
interest among the local dental community for such training helped revitalize
"We're happy to offer this program, and the response thus far has been
very positive," said Colleen Dillon, the education coordinator of the new
program. "The curriculum will provide the core skills needed for someone
to enter the field."
The coursework of the new Biotechnology program will provide a solid
foundation in biology, chemistry and mathematics. Fueled by continued advances
in cellular and molecular biology, the field of biotechnology is constantly
growing and diversifying. Graduates can continue their studies in the health
sciences, medical diagnostics, pharmaceutical development, forensics or
a variety of other fields.
"We wanted to offer a flexible program grounded in basic science and
liberal arts, along with laboratory experience in standard biotechnological
techniques," said Department Chairperson Loretta Stillman. "Graduates have
the opportunity to enter the job market directly or transfer to a variety
of four-year programs."
For more information about the Dental Assisting program, contact Colleen
Dillon at 629-8115 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the Biotechnology
program, contact Loretta Stillman at 629-7407 or email@example.com.
Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification
programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering
and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as
programs run through the Educational Opportunities Center offering certification
programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges
in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more
than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning
initiatives and worker retraining.