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02/10/2010
Hudson Valley Community College Sets Enrollment Record with Spring 2010 Term

Enrollment jumps 12 percent over Spring 2009

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071, e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010

Hudson Valley Community College continues to set a record pace for enrollment. This spring, the Troy community college will again post a record number of students, with the largest jump coming from new students enrolling in degree programs at the college.

The college saw an overall 12 percent increase in its enrollment from Spring 2009 and a unprecedented 24 percent increase in new matriculated students during the same period. Matriculated students are those who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program either full- or part-time.

With official numbers being reported to Rensselaer County this week, the college announced it will be educating 11,153 students during the spring term, which is up from 9,990 at the same time last year.

All four of the college's schools - Business; Health Science; Engineering and Industrial Technology; and Liberal Arts and Science - showed significant gains in student enrollment. The college's non-matriculated student population, those just taking a course or two without being affiliated with a specific degree program, jumped 9 percent from spring 2009 to spring 2010.

This past year, the college added a new degree program in Theatre Arts, which currently has an enrollment of 21 students. Two new certificate programs, Biotechnology and Bereavement Studies, were also added in the fall.

Significant enrollment increases were seen in several academic programs, including Nursing, Dental Assisting, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Automotive Technical Systems, Environmental Studies, and Individual Studies.

With growing enrollment, the college continues to upgrade its facilities. Hudson Valley Community College's newest facility, TEC-SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies), opened Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. When fully completed, the Malta, NY facility will feature laboratories to train the New York workforce in green energy technologies such as photovoltaic, geothermal, and wind energy as well as home energy efficiency. Courses and special lab facilities will also be offered for alternative fuels and semiconductor manufacturing technology.

The college also recently announced that it has secured $54 million to build a new, technologically advanced science center and renovate several academic buildings on campus. A long anticipated 800-spot parking garage is set to open prior to the Fall 2010 term, stemming what has been a chief concern of the college during its rapid growth over the past decade.

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 13,500 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.