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Hudson Valley Community College Offers Online Courses to High School Students Throughout New York State this Fall

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, July 19, 2013

The College in the High School program at Hudson Valley Community College program is offering online courses for juniors and seniors attending any New York State high school.

Online courses begin August 26, in advance of classroom-based College in the High School courses which start on September 4, and end on December 19. One-, two- and three-credit courses in business, social sciences, languages and arts will be taught entirely online by Hudson Valley faculty. College-level credits are applied to transcripts of those who go on to attend Hudson Valley. Otherwise, they are transferrable to other two- or four-year schools.

Tuition, at the reduced rate of $50 per credit hour, is one third the cost of regular Hudson Valley tuition. Full-tuition scholarships are available to students who qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program.

The College in the High School program began offering online courses in the fall of 2012. Interest has been steadily increasing because students see online learning as an additional chance to get a jump start on college while still in high school. The flexibility of online scheduling allows students to fit extra courses into their required high school curriculum and online courses often replace subjects eliminated from high school offerings due to budget cuts. Online students, enrolled with high school peers from throughout New York State, access all coursework via computer or tablet on their own schedules for a prescribed number of hours each week.

“Through online offerings, Hudson Valley Community College gives high school students more variety and more options for earning college credits while still in high school. This is not only a tremendous opportunity, but also a great convenience for students in terms of scheduling,” said Suzanne Brownrigg, director for High School Programs and Educational Outreach at Hudson Valley. “We also are pleased that going online opens our program up to every high school junior and senior across New York State.”

Established at Hudson Valley in 1995, the College in the High School serves qualified juniors and seniors in a total of 30 high schools and BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) sites throughout the Capital Region. Courses are offered in business, liberal arts and sciences, theater arts, technology and computer science.

Hudson Valley’s program recently became accredited by the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), a professional organization and accrediting body that advances concurrent enrollment programs in institutions of higher education and high schools. It is one of only 89 two- and four-year institutions, both public and private, in the nation to be accredited.

NACEP accreditation standards ensure that CIHS courses are of the same high quality and rigor as on-campus courses offered by the institution, that students are held to the same standards of achievement as students taking on-campus courses, and that instructors meet the academic requirements for faculty and instructors at the host institution. Accreditation benefits students who seek credit recognition for courses completed when applying to college.

The registration deadline for online courses is August 24. Additional information and a downloadable registration form are online: Interested students also may call (518) 629-8164.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 13,250 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has 75,000 alumni.