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Statement from Hudson Valley Community College President Drew Matonak on the 2012 State of the State Address

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012

"We at Hudson Valley Community College are encouraged that Governor Cuomo continues to put the State University system in its rightful place – at the forefront of workforce development and economic growth for New York State.

"Expanding the competitive NYSUNY2020 challenge grants to all SUNY campuses allows for our public colleges to expand upon their economic importance to the state. Community colleges in particular are the 'front line' for on-demand career training and affordable higher education, and we at Hudson Valley look forward to working with state leaders, higher education partners, and businesses and industries here in the Capital Region to drive new jobs and new industry growth."

"In addition, I applaud Speaker Silver for his commitment to increase support for SUNY's community colleges which are critical to making higher education highly accessible to New Yorkers and bolster economic development within our communities statewide."