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"Kids on Campus" Programs Available at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College's "Kids on Campus" program will again provide Capital Region youth with a variety of summer activities on campus this year.

The college will again offer Summer Academy, Athletic Camps, Technology Enrichment Program, Circus Theatricks, Teen Voices Performance Workshop and a Youth Theater Workshop this year. Programs begin Monday, June 27, and run through August.

Complete information about all of the summer programs can be found at, or call the Office of Community and Professional Education at (518) 629-7339.

Sean Fagan will return to the Hudson Valley campus to offer a full-day one-week intensive course in the circus arts - Circus Theatricks. Open to children ages 6 to 15, students will be introduced to juggling, tumbling, partner acrobatics and magic.

Led by musicians and songwriters Liv Cummings and Sandy McKnight, the Teen Voices Performance Workshop is open to those ages 11 to 16. Participants will explore self expression through songwriting. Poetry and performance. Cummings and McKnight also will offer a Youth Theater Workshop takes campers through the entire process of creating a musical theater piece - from scriptwriting and creating songs to staging and acting in the final production. Students can choose to be on stage, work "in the wings," or both. The program is offered in two two-week sessions for those aged 7-12.

The college's Summer Academy lets elementary and middle school students choose from a variety of half-day, week-long courses. Scheduled so children can attend in the morning, afternoon, or both, the courses cover topics such as science, math, technology and history in a fun learning environment. Students can learn German, become a better cook or study creative writing. Summer Academy courses are segmented for those entering first and second grade; third through fifth grade and sixth through eighth grade. For high school students, there is a one-week Earth Science Regents review course in August.

The lineup of Summer Athletic Camps offered at the college continues to grow. This summer, the college will offer an "all sports" camp, designed for campers who like to play a variety of sports. Soccer, tennis, handball, badminton and wiffle ball are just a few of the many activities offered in this full-day program. Returning are instructional camps focusing on basketball, softball, soccer, T-ball, tennis and a special camp for softball pitchers and catchers. The popular Adventure camp will again be offered in both a beginner and advanced level this year.

The college will host a week-long Technology Enrichment Program at Bethlehem Central Middle School that encourages exploration of science and technology among students in the middle grades. Incoming 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders can discover their interests and talents through hands-on activities. There's even a fitness break worked into the program to get participants' bodies moving.

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.