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Hudson Valley Community College Ranked as a "Military Friendly" School By G.I. Jobs Magazine

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010

Hudson Valley Community College recently was designated a Military Friendly School for 2011 by G.I. Jobs magazine. This designation places the college in the top 15 percent of 7,000 schools nationwide in fulfilling its mission to educate military service personnel and veterans.

Since 2001, G.I. Jobs has ranked America's most "military friendly" employers and contractors, as well as schools that recruit military personnel and veterans as students. The ranking is based on a survey that examines an institution's Veteran's Administration's approval of GI Bill benefits, College Level Exam Program (CLEP) acceptance, credit for military service, reserve and guard policies and veteran programs, as well as other criteria.

Hudson Valley has had a long tradition of working with the military, assisting active duty personnel and veterans with benefits, counseling, academic advisement, according to Bob Swanick, admissions counselor. The college also has an active Armed Forces Club for students, faculty and staff.

Swanick serves as the college's point of contact for ConAP, the Concurrent Admissions Program, a partnership between the Army Recruiting Command, over 1,900 participating colleges and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). ConAp links new Army or Army Reserve enlistees to a college. SOC is a consortium of higher education associations and participating member institutions - like Hudson Valley Community College - working to meet the voluntary higher education needs of military servicemembers.

Active duty servicemembers or veterans who wish to speak to someone at the college about their benefits may call (518) 629-4545. Those who wish to enroll in a degree or certificate program, may call the admissions office at (518) 629-7309.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and 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.