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06/09/2009
Hudson Valley Community College Awarded $2 Million Community-Based Job Training Grant from U.S. Department of Labor
Grant Will Establish Green Jobs and Energy Efficiency Training and Workforce Development

CONTACT: Brendon Layton (518) 629-7180, b.layton@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hudson Valley Community College has received a $1,979,590 federal grant to expand the college’s green jobs and energy efficiency training program to meet the demands of the rapidly growing industry in New York State. The grant is managed by the Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Science (CEEBS), which is part of the college’s Workforce Development Institute (WDI).

The nearly $2 million in federal funding was awarded to Hudson Valley as part of the Department of Labor’s community-based job training grant program to help colleges build training capacity in high-growth, high-demand industries.

“These are very difficult economic times and it is critically important that we foster new and innovative ways to stimulate our economy,” said Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College. “With the emergence of green and renewable energy industries, thousands of career opportunities with competitive wages will soon become available in New York’s Tech Valley. This generous grant from the Department of Labor will provide a unique opportunity for disadvantaged youth and adults by providing a new fast-track career pathway to the green jobs economy.”

The grant will enable Hudson Valley to offer credit and non-credit workforce development and training needed to prepare workers in the emerging fields of energy efficiency and green jobs in New York. The grant will target economically disadvantaged youth and adults, emerging high school and community college students, underemployed and unemployed individuals, and individuals making career transitions.

In order to accomplish these challenges, Hudson Valley, along with support from state and local business partners, will deploy a pilot training system that will provide digital, online and real-time connectivity to an Internet-based Strategic Partner Network. This network, once created, will provide online instructor training, course presentations, simultaneous delivery of specific course modules and video conferencing for continuous communications, meetings and faculty interactions.

“Hudson Valley’s Workforce Development Institute is dedicated to providing quality education and training that prepares students with the skills necessary to succeed in the workforce,” said Richard Bennett, director of Continuing Education, Summer Sessions and Workforce Development at Hudson Valley Community College. “The creation of this program will make green jobs and energy efficiency training more accessible and convenient, and provide Capital Region residents with an exciting opportunity in a growing industry that will benefit the environment and economy. It is a win-win situation for all sides involved in this project.”

Currently, the Workforce Development Institute’s CEEBS program, partnering with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), provides contractors, builders and consumers with a series of sequential non-credit energy efficiency courses. In 2008, NYSERDA honored the center by presenting it with the Outstanding Partnership Award recognizing excellence in partnerships among trades, educational institutions and business organizations.

The WDI’s Center for Energy Efficiency and Building Sciences at Hudson Valley currently supports 10 Energy $mart Learning Centers geographically distributed across New York State.

For CEEBS program information and questions, contact by calling (518) 629-4111 or e-mailing ceebs@hvcc.edu.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.