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02/16/2000
Hudson Valley Community College Establishes Three New Evening Degree Programs

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085 or Sarah Boggess (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, February 16, 2000
http://www.hvcc.edu

Beginning in the Fall 2000 semester, the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley Community College will offer three new evening degree programs. For the first time in the Troy college's history, students in the Manufacturing Technical Systems Program, the Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services Program and the Electrical Construction and Maintenance Program will be able to attain their degree exclusively in the evening.

"We realize that not all students are able to attend college full-time during the day," said Hudson Valley Community College President John L. Buono. "Some students work during the day, or are busy raising children. Our goal at Hudson Valley Community College is to make education accessible for everyone. Nobody should miss out because of their schedule."

The night classes for all three programs will be rigidly structured. Students will earn a diploma in four years; a schedule for core classes and prerequisites is set up beforehand.

"When they sign up, they have a four-year plan laid out for them," said Dave Larkin, department chair of all three programs. "When you go through this, you get your Associate's degree. Period."

The Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technical Services Program prepares students to work as technicians in the heating and cooling industry. Starting wages for the industry range from $25,000 and up, and the job placement rate after graduation from Hudson Valley Community College approaches 100%.

The Manufacturing Technical Systems Program prepares graduates to achieve immediate employment working with many of today's high-tech machining processes that produce tooling, and components used in the manufacture of everything from electronics and semi-conductors to power generators and aerospace components.

The mission of the Electrical Construction and Maintenance Program is to provide a program of study that enables students to develop the academic skills and practical techniques required for them to seek entry into any area of the electrical trades.

"These evening classes will make it easier for part-time students to earn a degree," Larkin said. "It will keep them on track."

The School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley Community College also offers an evening degree program in Telecommunications Management and Plant Utilities Technology.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions; Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley Community College has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.