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Hudson Valley Community College Honors Watervliet Arsenal Manufacturing Leader at Year-end Program

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Wednesday, May 11, 2016

What: Hudson Valley Community College President Andrew J. Matonak will present the President's Certificate of Recognition Award to (94-year-old) Frederick Clas, retired Director of Operations of the Watervliet Arsenal at the annual Capstone Ceremony for the college's Advanced Manufacturing Technology program on Thursday, May 12. Clas is being recognized for innovative contributions to and leadership in the field of advanced manufacturing in the Capital Region and beyond, in addition to his work with the Advanced Manufacturing Apprenticeship program between the college and arsenal for more than four decades.

Who: President Matonak will be joined by Lee J. Schiller Jr., Colonel, U.S. Army, Commanding; and James Hamilton, associate professor of Advanced Manufacturing Technology at Hudson Valley Community College, in presenting the award.

Where: Bulmer Telecommunications Center Auditorium, Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY.

When: Noon, Thursday, May 12.

Details: In its 23rd year, the Capstone Ceremony of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology program is held annually just before Commencement. Graduates—this year a record number 36—present manufactured engine models to the program's corporate sponsors, and awards are presented to the students.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 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 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.