2013 Fall Term Fact Sheet
MEDIA CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071 firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
Hudson Valley Community College began its 2013-14 academic year on Monday, Aug. 26. Tuition for the academic year for in-state residents is $3,980. Founded in 1953, the college offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences.
There are 10,284 new and returning students as of the first day of classes. That number will increase to approximately 13,000 students when evening non-matriculated and College in the High School students are added. Registration is still ongoing for those programs. The incoming class includes 3,145 new matriculated students and 5,810 returning matriculated students. The remaining students are non-matriculated and not enrolled in a degree program.
The top academic programs for new, matriculated students are: Individual Studies; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Liberal Arts; Human Services and Early Childhood Education.
New Academic Programs
The college is offering a new one-year certificate program in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences designed for the growing number of students seeking careers in the health care field. The Health Sciences certificate program provides course work in the basic sciences along with a concentration in health science areas.
With proper course selection, students who successfully complete the certificate can continue into one of the college’s health science programs, transfer to a four-year institution or enter the workforce in many entry-level areas within the health science field, such as home health care aide, health care administrative assistant, emergency medical technician, phlebotomist or EKG technician.
Also new this year is an Architecture Technology certificate, offered in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies. This one-year program is designed for those seeking entry-level positions such as draftsperson, junior designer, construction/building inspector, material tester, set designer and more. Graduates also will be eligible to transfer into the Architectural Technology A.A.S. degree program at Hudson Valley with full credit granted for applicable courses.
The certificate’s courses provide a well-rounded overview of and introduction to the architecture profession with a broad-based exposure to the operations, standards and current practices of the industry.
CDTA Universal Ridership Program
One of the biggest upgrades for new and returning students at Hudson Valley Community College this fall was the start of the CDTA Universal Ridership program. A two-year agreement between the college and CDTA will allow students to use their college ID as a universal bus pass on all CDTA routes. CDTA has increased service to the Troy campus in anticipation of interest in the program. A new video highlighting these new transportation services can be seen at www.hvcc.edu/cdta.
As fall semester courses began on campus, a new Tobacco-Free Campus Policy went into effect. Tobacco use is now prohibited on all college grounds, college-owned or leased properties, and in campus-owned leased or rented vehicles. The college implemented its tobacco-free campus policy to provide a safe and healthy working and learning environment and to maintain clean and appealing facilities. The SUNY Board of Trustees passed a resolution in June 2012 to support a “Tobacco-Free SUNY,” prohibiting the use of tobacco on grounds and facilities controlled by the system. When implemented, SUNY would be the largest public university system in the country to adopt a comprehensive tobacco-free policy.
Campus Infrastructure Upgrades: Science Center
The college’s new 100,000-square-foot Science Center at the corner of Vandenburgh Avenue and South Drive was completed in time for the start of the fall semester and students and faculty were busy in the classrooms and labs during the first week of classes.
Twenty-five fully equipped state-of-the-art laboratories 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.
Campus Infrastructure Upgrades: Cross Road Reconstruction
Work is nearing completion this fall on a project that will eliminate vehicle traffic in the center of campus from Hudson Hall and the McDonough Sports Complex all the way to Vandenburgh Avenue. Moving Cross Road behind those two buildings and creating a walkable quad in the space will make the entire center of campus pedestrian friendly. This is the culmination of a decade-long process to increase green space and move vehicle traffic to the perimeter of campus.
Potential for Privately-Funded Student Housing
The college has issued a request for proposals (RFP) asking private companies to submit plans to acquire by ground lease the former Hy Rosenblum Administration Center property and develop student housing. The 41-acre property, which sits on the corner of Morrison Ave. and Vandenburgh Ave., housed administrative offices and several other student support and academic departments through the 1980s and into the early 2000s. A former Roman Catholic seminary that was acquired by the college in the 1980s, the building has been unused for more than two years. A bid opening is scheduled for Sept. 27.
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers 75 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; 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 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.