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08/29/2011
Hudson Valley Community College 2011 Academic Year Fact Sheet

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071 e.bryant@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, Aug. 29, 2011

Hudson Valley Community College began its 2011-12 academic year on Monday, Aug. 29. Tuition for the 2011-12 academic year for in-state residents is $3,700. 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

  • Total headcount: 12,075 new and returning students. Includes full-time, part-time, matriculated and non-matriculated students. This is 1.5 percent decrease from last year's record-setting enrollment.

  • The incoming class includes 3,892 new matriculated students and 6,325 returning matriculated students. The school enrolled 50 percent of its total applicants.

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

  • Distance and online learning continues to be a growth area for the college, as does the College in the High School program. The number of students taking an online course at Hudson Valley grew 4.5 percent over the past year (4,045 to 4,240) . The number of high school students enrolled in the college grew more than 100 percent since 2010 (120 students, 2010; 245 students, 2011)

New Academic Programs
Hudson Valley Community College constantly evaluates its degree and certificate programs to ensure that its academic offerings meet the needs of its students and the community it serves.

Two diverse new academic offerings can be found on campus this fall. The first complements the college's long-standing automotive programs and the second trains students for a growing allied health specialization.

Automotive Management (A.A.S)
Students interested in combining a hands-on automotive degree with a core of business, marketing and sales courses should look into the college's new Automotive Management program. The degree prepares students to meet the industry's demand for a more sophisticated and technologically astute workforce.

Polysomnography (A.A.S)
An associate degree in Polysomnography is now available for those interested in becoming sleep technologists.

Polysomnography, a nationally-recognized profession in health science, deals with the diagnostic evaluation and management of patients with neurological and sleep abnormalities such as sleep apnea. Job opportunities for sleep technologists can be found in sleep labs and electroencephalogram (EEG) departments, hospitals or associated with physician's offices.

The 71-credit program is offered through the college's Cardiorespiratory and Emergency Medicine department.

Campus Infrastructure Upgrades
Work began this past summer on the new $35 million, 100,000-square-foot science center at the corner of Vandenburgh Avenue and South Drive. The science center is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013.

Twenty-five fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratories in the new science center will provide for the study of biology, chemistry, physics, biotechnology, earth science and forensics. The center also will house 11 classrooms, faculty and staff offices, conference spaces, a science study center and a greenhouse.

In addition, work was completed on the campus quad redesign between the Campus Center, Higbee, Lang, Amstuz and Guenther buildings.