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09/21/2009
President Obama Visits Hudson Valley Community College; Praises High Tech Innovation at School Photos Available

Contact: Paula Monaco (518) 629-8085, p.monaco@hvcc.edu
For Release: Immediate, Sept. 21, 2009

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President Barack Obama visited Hudson Valley Community College on Monday, Sept. 21, to laud the SUNY community college for taking a lead role in helping rebuild the regional economy.

The President used his visit to upstate New York to talk about the central importance of education in the nation's economic resurgence, and the role community colleges will play in shaping the American workforce for the 21st century.

Using the Capital Region as an example of an area that's moving in the right direction, Obama spoke about the $4.2-billion GlobalFoundries computer chip factory project in Malta and how Hudson Valley Community College has partnered with the industry to provide trained workers ready to fill technician positions when the facility is completed.

The president also praised Hudson Valley Community College for creating new training programs in the green technology fields – including solar panel installation, energy efficiency training and the new TEC-SMART training facility, which will be located in Malta, near the GlobalFoundries chip fabrication plant.

"It was an honor that President Obama selected Hudson Valley Community College to deliver his message on the importance of education in rebuilding this country's economy," said Andrew J. Matonak, president, Hudson Valley Community College. "As President Obama stated, the building blocks of innovation are education, infrastructure, and research and the ability of new industries to thrive depends on workers with the knowledge and the know-how to contribute in those fields. Through innovative programs like, TEC-SMART, we are helping to bring together education, infrastructure and research to prepare people for new technology jobs like those being created by GlobalFoundries."

The President toured several technology labs and chatted with students about their studies before speaking to approximately 300 students, college staff members and local dignitaries in the college's senior automotive lab.

Obama was accompanied by Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden. Dr. Biden is an English professor at a Washington, D.C. area community college.

To view a video stream of the president's complete Hudson Valley Community College speech, go to www.hvcc.edu/obamavisit.