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Hudson Valley Community College to Host First-year Black and Latino Students at a Male Leadership Day This Friday

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, July 24, 2014

What: The Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP) at Hudson Valley Community College is reaching out to first-year black and Latino male students in an effort to acclimate them to college life and start them on the path to academic success with a day of leadership training workshops on Friday, July 25. Nearly 65 students have registered for this free event, now in its second year.

A number of parents and other family members also are expected to attend presentations on providing support for their student.

Why: Studies, including one by the American Council of Education, show that black and Latino males are seriously underrepresented on college campuses and in graduation rates. A 2010 report by the council, covering six years, revealed male black graduation rates at 35 percent and Latino rates at 46 percent, while rates for white males are upwards of 59 percent.

Who: The workshops will be conducted by three successful 2014 graduates of Hudson Valley, each of whom is a former CASP member and is now pursuing a four-year degree. Roy Pompey, Coordinator of CASP, comments, “The workshop presenters this year are students who know and understand first-hand what their peers are going through personally and academically. They know just what the impediments to completing college are. They stand as strong examples of black and Latino male achievement and are an inspiration to others.”
Staff from Hudson Valley’s various academic support services also will meet with participants in other sessions throughout the day.

Where: The Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Hudson Valley Community College, 80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy, NY

When: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Friday, July 25

Details: Pompey’s aim is to prepare these students for success at Hudson Valley and beyond by informing and motivating them, as well as guiding them into academic and personal support. The day’s workshops will focus on the college’s resources for personal development, mentoring, tutoring, financial aid and more.

“We are doing our absolute best to take away reasons for these students to fail. We’re going to prove the statistics wrong at Hudson Valley,” says Pompey.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate 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 nearly 13,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.