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Hudson Valley Community College Recipient of Major Gift from Enterasys

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

Hudson Valley Community College’s Foundation received a gift of $250,650 in equipment from Enterasys, a Massachusetts-based network infrastructure and security solutions company. The donation of wired and wireless network devices will be used for the expansion and upgrade of the campus-wide data network connectivity, including that of the college’s $35 million, 100,000-square-foot science center, currently under construction.

Hudson Valley has had an excellent working relationship with Enterasys for several years through the purchase of equipment to address network infrastructure needs. This includes a major network refresh and purchase of related equipment in early 2011.

Ray Kimmelblatt, executive director of Hudson Valley’s foundation, said, “Enterasys has proven over the years to be a supportive business partner to Hudson Valley and demonstrates that even more through this generous gift. This equipment will provide a boost for the college as a whole and for the science center as the Foundation’s fundraising campaign aims to offset the costs of technology equipment.”

Slated to open in the fall of 2013, the science center will feature 25 fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratories 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. The building of the science center is in response to an enrollment increase of 30 percent in biology, chemistry and physics courses and a 26 percent increase in the number of course sections being taught since 2005 at the college.

“There is an increasing demand for qualified scientists and technicians in the Capital Region. Graduates of our high technology science center will seamlessly transition into the local biotechnology, biomanufacturing and healthcare workforce, or transfer to leading colleges and universities throughout the country. We greatly appreciate the partnership with Enterasys and their contribution to our capital campaign,” said Andrew J. Matonak, president of Hudson Valley Community College.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; 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 13,500 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.