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08/30/2010
Hudson Valley Community College 2010 Academic Year Fact Sheet

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071 e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010

Hudson Valley Community College begins its 2010-11 academic year today (Monday, Aug. 30). Tuition for the 2010-11 academic year for in-state residents is $3,400. Founded in 1953, the college offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Enrollment (as of Friday, Aug. 27, 2010)

  • Total headcount: 10,828 new and returning students. Includes full-time, part-time, matriculated (enrolled in a degree or certificate program) and non-matriculated students. This is 2 percent higher than last year's enrollment at this point. Last year, Hudson Valley had record enrollment for its incoming fall class.

  • It is important to note that Hudson Valley Community College is an open enrollment institution and enrollment figures for the Fall term will not be finalized until the first week in October. In addition, on-campus evening classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 7, and off-campus classes begin Monday, Sept. 13. Last year's enrollment (Fall 2009 headcount) totaled 12,205 full- and part-time students.

  • The incoming class includes 3,679 new, matriculated students.

  • Top academic programs for new, matriculated students are: Individual Studies; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Liberal Arts; Human Services and Early Childhood Education.

New Academic Programs
Hudson Valley Community College constantly evaluates its degree and certificate programs to ensure that its academic offerings are meeting the needs of its students and the community it serves. New programs for the 2010-11 academic year include:

Liberal Arts and Science: Adolescence Education (A.S. degree) - This program provides students with foundations to pursue the field of secondary education. By completing courses in the liberal arts, education and an academic concentration, students will be able to transfer to four-year programs leading to teacher certification in Adolescence Education (grades 7-12) by the State of New York. Concentrations include English, History/Social Studies, Math, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics.

Alternative Fuels (Certificate) - This one-year certificate program is for both the established automotive technician looking for advancement and the potential student interested in the alternative fuels field. Topics include automotive electricity, fuel systems, technical math, and courses in hydrogen power and hybrid engines.

Digital Media (Certificate) – This one-year certificate program is designed for those who wish to enhance the skills used in the digital creation of Web content, animation, digital design for print media and digital video production.

Disability Studies (Certificate) – This new certificate program is ideal for those who are interested in working with the disabled in a variety of settings. Electives provide flexibility in addressing specific areas of interest, including mental health, developmental disabilities, alcohol and substance abuse, educational settings or deaf culture.

Physical Sciences (A.S. degree) - This transfer-based program is for students who wish to begin their path to advanced degrees in chemistry, physics or earth science here at Hudson Valley. Following a core curriculum in the first year, students have the opportunity to pursue a concentration in chemistry, physics or earth science during the second year.

Wind Technician (Certificate) – With the wind energy industry growing each year, Hudson Valley answered the call for the increased need for wind technicians. Graduates of this certificate program are trained to be part of a wind turbine installation crew, to perform warranty maintenance or to work as operation and maintenance technicians doing routine scheduled maintenance and troubleshooting.

Campus Infrastructure Upgrades / Parking
The college completed a parking garage project and other parking/roadway upgrades over the summer. The new parking garage, which is located off of South Drive, will accommodate approximately 800 new parking spaces for students, faculty and staff.

The large parking lots on the north side of campus also have been completely renovated and resurfaced for safety purposes. An extra right-hand turn has been added from North Drive on to Vandenburgh Avenue, which should expedite traffic exiting the campus. Other campus upgrades performed over the summer include a new energy efficient roof for the Siek Campus Center; new lighting in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre and Cogan Senior Automotive Lab; and a new hardwood floor in the McDonough Sports Complex gymnasium.

Public Safety/Parking Information
The college's Public Safety Department will have additional officers on duty during the first two weeks of the semester to assist with parking and traffic control. Additional student parking will be available across campus in the front and rear of the former Country Grove Restaurant. For a Twitter feed of parking, traffic and Public Safety news at the college, go to @HVPublicSafety.