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Hudson Valley Community College To Offer New A.S. Program in Criminal Justice

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thurs., May 12, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College, which has offered an associate in applied science degree (A.A.S.) in Criminal Justice for more than 20 years, will now offer an associate in science degree (A.S.) to those who wish to pursue a four-year degree in the field.

"This will be a writing intensive program, solid in research, math and statistics, and is aimed at students who wish to pursue a baccalaureate degree," said Dr. Ann Geisendorfer, the department chairperson for the Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department.

Students must have a high school average of 85 or better to enter the program.

Hudson Valley has long had one of the largest Criminal Justice associate degree programs in the country. In rankings compiled by the newspaper Community College Week, the college had the 11th most Criminal Justice graduates among all community college programs in 2009.

The college has transfer agreements with several four-year colleges and universities, including CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the University at Albany and Russell Sage College. An agreement between Hudson Valley Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh signed in 2010 allows Hudson Valley to host upper-level courses in SUNY Plattsburgh's Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program. This agreement will allow students who complete an associate degree in criminal justice at Hudson Valley to continue taking classes toward a bachelor's degree right on the Troy campus.

Each year, more than 100 students graduate from Hudson Valley Community College's Criminal Justice program and many look to continue their education with a bachelor's degree in the field.

For more information about the new degree option, contact the Department of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration, (518) 629-7342.

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 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.