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Building and Easing Transitions

HVCC President Drew Matonak and UAlbany Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education Jeanette Altarriba share a light moment at the signing of a new transfer agreement between the two schools. Standing at right is UAlbany senior Kailyn Stewart, who was a transfer student from HVCC. (Photos courtesy of HVCC)

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 2, 2017) — Over the past two and a half years, more than 1,000 Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) students have gone on to study at UAlbany, taking advantage of a transfer agreement signed years ago.

UAlbany has grown since, as has the desire of HVCC students to enter new fields. Therefore an updated articulation agreement was signed last Friday between the area’s two largest institutions of higher learning that provides a clear transfer path for 34 different programs of study.

Covered in the new agreement are recently developed bachelor’s programs in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; the BS in Human Development from the School of Education; and the BS in Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. These join established and new programs in the liberal arts and sciences, criminal justice, business, public health, social welfare, political science, and more.

“These new programs provide us with a wonderful opportunity to revitalize and reinvigorate our deep alliance with Hudson Valley Community College, for whom we remain the most popular transfer destination,” said Jeanette Altarriba, vice provost and dean for Undergraduate Education.

“Our institutions’ mutual aim was to ensure that we were able to provide students with clearly identified pathways in academically rigorous programs within the larger SUNY system. We look forward to furthering our relationship and providing greater access to higher education in the Capital Region.”

HVCC President Drew Matonak, who joined Altarriba at the signing ceremony in HVCC’s Siek Campus Center, said the goal of the renewed agreement was to “ensure that the transition is as smooth as possible for our students." Transfer students who have successfully completed the transition from Hudson Valley to University at Albany were also on hand to give remarks.

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