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Budding Art Gallery Managers, Solar Power Installers, Crime Scene Techs and Retailers Can Study at Hudson Valley Community College This Fall

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8072,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, March 5, 2007

This fall, Hudson Valley Community College will expand its already broad range of associate's degree and certificate programs with the addition of four new areas of study: Gallery Management, Photovoltaic Installation, Criminal Investigation and a Retailing option in Marketing.

"Hudson Valley has a strong reputation for responding to the needs of the community, and the diversity of these programs attests to our continued commitment in this area," Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Carolyn Curtis said.

"Department chairpersons, deans, and faculty pay particular attention to input provided from advisory boards, high school counselors, community leaders and students. Working with these partners helps us to provide the best programming for our students," she added.

The college offers more than 70 associate's degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. Details on the new areas of study are as follows:

Gallery Management: This new associate's degree program in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences prepares students for transfer to four-year degree programs in gallery management, arts management, museum studies or art history.

This new degree builds upon the college's highly-regarded, eight-year-old Fine Arts program. Hudson Valley already has secured transfer agreements – with Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire and the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University – for the new program.

"Gallery Management is ideal for students who have a keen interest in art, but not necessarily a desire to be an artist," said Dorothy Reynolds, chairwoman of the college's Fine Arts, Theater Arts and Broadcast Communications Department. "Hudson Valley is one of very few two-year colleges offering such a program and we are extremely excited to be able to reach out and serve a new population of students."

Gallery Management students will be able to take advantage of a new 2,000-square-foot Teaching Gallery, located in the college's new Administration Building, which is scheduled to be completed this spring. The gallery, which had been housed in the Marvin Library, will serve as a "living laboratory," with students planning, hanging and marketing upcoming shows. The gallery regularly exhibits work by local, regional and national artists, as well as Hudson Valley students and faculty.

Criminal Investigation: This new associate's degree program in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences provides a strong academic background in investigative techniques, forensic science, evidence collection and analysis.

Designed for students who wish enter the law enforcement field immediately after graduation, the Criminal Investigation program complements Hudson Valley's Criminal Justice program, which concentrates on law, corrections, administration, criminology and community policing, as well as the college's Forensic Science Studies program, which prepares graduates exclusively for work in a laboratory environment.

Retailing option in Marketing: This new option, part of the Marketing associate's degree program in the School of Business, provides students with a solid background in business and marketing, complemented by specific courses in sales management, small business management and retail management.

This is the second option within the Marketing program; the college also offers an option in tourism, convention and event management.

Photovoltaic Installation: With alternative energy becoming the hot button issue of 2007, this 21-credit hour certificate program couldn't be timelier. The program, in the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies, trains students for jobs in the growing industry of solar panel installation and maintenance.

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) worked with Hudson Valley to develop the certificate, which is part of the college's Electrical Construction and Maintenance program. Hudson Valley also has a photovoltaic lab on campus, featuring both roof-mounted and post-mounted solar panels that provides students with hands-on experience in installation and maintenance of PV systems.

"This is a great opportunity for students who are looking to gain a career in renewable energies without having to attend classes on a full-time basis," said Joe Sarubbi, chairman of the Building Systems Technology Department.

One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, Hudson Valley has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.