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11/15/2012
Hudson Valley Community College Dedicates New Armed Forces Study Room

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012

With current student veterans and recent military alumni in attendance, Hudson Valley Community College officials today dedicated a new veterans study room in the campus’ Marvin Library Learning Commons. As more and more service members return to the Capital Region, the college is stepping up its efforts to accommodate their academic needs.

The Armed Forces Study Room will be a home for the college’s more than 300 student veterans. The space will serve a two-fold purpose - a quiet room dedicated for study and also a place where student veterans can get away from the hustle and bustle of campus.

Transitioning from active duty to classroom often leaves veterans without the familiar camaraderie to which they have grown accustomed. A dependable and supportive environment is essential to the success veterans achieved during their military careers. A space like the one dedicated today offers a place where trust, support, and “brother/sisterhood” can be found and fostered in an academic environment.

The Armed Forces Study Room is located on the second floor of the newly-renovated Marvin Library Learning Commons on the Hudson Valley Community College campus.

Several generous donors provided funds for the room’s furnishing and were recognized at the dedication. They are: New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID); The Altamont Program, Inc.; and the Rensselaer County Veterans Organization.

NYSID supports job creation efforts for service veterans through its member agencies and assists other veterans' support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce.

The Altamont Program, Inc. serves the impoverished, the addicted and the socially disenfranchised to help them enter the world of work and become good citizens who contribute to their community. Relevant vocational training, complemented by job placement services, is provided to clients in need of skills or further training to obtain meaningful employment.

The Rensselaer County Veterans Organization is an affiliate group of veterans from around the county who work together to support veteran causes.

Hudson Valley Community College was founded 60 years ago as a vocational school for returning veterans from the Korean War, and the college continues to proudly serve the educational needs of veterans as well as active duty service members. Recent initiatives include the creation of three work study positions in the college’s Center for Academic Engagement for student veterans; the formation of a HVCC Armed Forces Alumni Association; and the assignment of an academic staff member to help student veterans and members of the armed forces.

The college was designated a Military Friendly School for 2013 by G.I. Jobs magazine. This designation, which the college has received for the past three years, places the college in the top 15 percent of 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide in fulfilling its mission to educate military service personnel and veterans.

The college hosted several other veteran-related events today, including an early morning flag raising ceremony and an Instant Admission Day for veterans, current service members and their families. The second annual Pride of Our Nation, Pride of Our College exhibit is also on display on the first floor of the Marvin Library Learning Commons through Dec. 7.

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 70,000 alumni.

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