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Five New Academic Programs to be Offered in Fall 2010 by Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, May 14, 2010

Five new academic programs will be offered at Hudson Valley Community College beginning in the Fall 2010 term. New certificate programs in Alternative Fuels, Disability Studies, Digital Media and Wind Technician as well as an associate degree in Physical Sciences will be offered.

The Physical Sciences degree is designed for those who wish to complete a two year associate degree concentrating in physics, chemistry or earth science and then continue on to a four-year college or university. The program includes coursework in the physical sciences as well as several mathematics and liberal arts courses. Students take a core science curriculum in their first year and then choose an area of specialization – physics, chemistry or earth science – for continued study in their second year. Many students over the years have begun their science education at Hudson Valley and transferred on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson and other top colleges and universities.

The Alternative Fuels certificate program is offered as part of the college's respected Automotive Technology programs. The one-year certificate program includes a strong grounding in automotive electronics and in traditional internal combustion fuels such as diesel, but also includes coursework in hybrid and hydrogen fuel technology. Courses will be offered on the main Hudson Valley campus and at the college's new TEC-SMART facility in Malta.

The Disability Studies certificate program is aimed at those who wish to work in human services, education, teaching, counseling and health services fields. The program, which includes an internship, allows students to take electives in mental health, special education/education, assistive technology and American Sign Language, among others. The program can be completed through full- or part-time study. With additional coursework, a student may go on to earn an associate degree in Human Services. The Disability Studies certificate also is appropriate for those who already have a degree but want to enhance their knowledge and skills in this field.

The Digital Media certificate program is offered through the college's Department of Fine Arts, Theatre Arts and Broadcast Communications. It includes basic coursework in two-dimensional design, digital photography, electronic art and graphic design as well as more specialized coursework in net art, Web animation and digital video editing and postproduction. With additional coursework, a student may go on to earn an Individual Studies associate degree in two years.

The college's new Wind Technician certificate program will encompass the installation, maintenance and repair of large wind turbines used to generate electricity. The program, which will be offered at the college's main campus and at the new TEC-SMART facility in Malta, is designed for those who have already completed the Electrical Construction and Maintenance (ECM) program at the college or a similar program. There is significant career growth potential in this field around the country as more commercial and residential wind turbines are installed. Graduates could be hired on an installation crew, doing maintenance work or in troubleshooting. Several graduates of the college's ECM program are already working in the field.

For more information about any of these new degree and certificate programs, contact the college's Admissions office at (518) 629-7309.

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 Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and also sponsors 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 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.