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08/25/2010
Hudson Valley Community College President Appointed to National Commission

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180, d.renfrew@hvcc.edu
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College, has been appointed to a three-year term on the Commission on Economic and Workforce Development of the American Association of Community Colleges.

His appointment is the result of Hudson Valley's reputation as a leader in workforce training. The Troy school is highly responsive to industry and community needs and has frequently developed academic training programs to drive economic development. Hudson Valley is currently working with Global Foundries to provide technicians for the $4 billion microchip manufacturing plant in Southern Saratoga County. In addition, the college's Workforce Development Institute offers credit-free programs to those needing training or professional development to start a second career or to gain additional workplace skills.

"At a time when the Obama administration is looking to community colleges to play a key role in returning the nation to prosperity, I am pleased and honored to be appointed to the AACC's workforce commission," said Matonak, who joined Hudson Valley Community College in 2005. "Higher education in general and community colleges in particular, have a great deal to offer the nation as we work to recover from these trying economic times. I look forward to being involved in the Commission's work as it develops new and innovative strategies and solutions to address some of our country's most pressing workforce concerns."

The AACC, founded in 1920, is headquartered in Washington D.C., where it functions as an advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level. In addition, the AACC works to affect state policies on behalf of community colleges. The organization has almost 1,200 members across the country.

The Commission on Economic and Workforce Development brings together community college leaders to discuss their institutions' ongoing impact on economic prosperity.

Community colleges are the largest and fastest-growing sector of U.S. higher education, enrolling nearly half of all U.S. undergraduates.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.