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Hudson Valley Community College
Motto The Community's College
Established 1953
Type Public
President Dr. Andrew J. Matonak
Students 12,000
Location Troy, NY, USA
Nickname Vikings
Affiliations State University of New York

Hudson Valley Community College, a SUNY associated two-year college, is located in Troy in Rensselaer County, New York. Although about eighty percent of the students are from the local area, the remainder are from other parts of New York, other states and from some 30 countries around the world.

Hudson Valley Community College currently ranks as the largest undergraduate college in terms of enrollment in the Capital District. In 2008, 1,824 students received diplomas, making the Class of 2008 the largest in the history of the college.

The school currently has an enrollment of over 13,000 students.


Academic programs

Siek Campus Center

The college offers more than 70 academic degree and certificate programs in four schools.

The School of Business offers programs in Accounting, Administrative Information Technician, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Health Information Technician and Marketing.

The School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies offers programs in Architectural Technology, Automotive Technical Services, Autobody Repair, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Aided Drafting, Construction Technology, Electrical Construction and Maintenance, Electrical Engineering Technology, Heating/Air Conditioning/Refrigeration, Manufacturing Technical Systems, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Overhead Electric Line Worker, Photovoltaic Installation, Plant Utilities Technology, Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology and Telecommunications Technology – Verizon.

The School of Health Sciences offers programs in Bereavement Studies, Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Echocardiography, EMT-Paramedic, Invasive Cardiovascular Technology, Mortuary Science, Nursing, Radiologic Technology and Respiratory Care.

The School of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers programs in Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Broadcast Communications, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Chemical Technician, Criminal Investigation, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood, Engineering Science, Environmental Science, Fine Arts, Forensic Science Studies, Gallery Management, General Education, Individual Studies, Liberal Arts and Science, Physical Education Studies, Public Administration Studies, Teaching Assistant and Theatre Arts.

In 2009, the college first offered its Honors Advisement Track, which includes specialized liberal arts curriculum and is designed to prepare students for transfer to higher-level baccalaureate programs. Students who successfully complete the program receive Completion of Honors Study documentation upon graduation.

The college also oversees several other academic and training entities, including the Capital District Educational Opportunity Center and the Workforce Development Institute.

The Marvin Library [1] supports the college's academic programs through its collections and services. The library provides over 100,000 volumes in print, microform, and electronic format. In addition, the library provides access to over 30,000 journal titles through a range of print and electronic journals. Research databases are available to all registered students and faculty and staff from the library and from off-campus. Faculty librarians are available to provide reference services and individual research consultation by appointment. The library sponsors the popular Voices lecture series with over a dozen speakers on topics from the arts, politics, and contemporary issues in the community. The college's archives are stored in and maintained by the library.

President Barack Obama’s visit

On September 21, 2009 President Barack Obama visited the college campus. [1] The invite only event was held in the school's senior automotive laboratory.[2]


The college currently offers 16 intercollegiate sports for men and women. Teams compete in Region III of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) and in the Mountain Valley Conference.

One new team - women’s golf - was added or for the 2009-2010 academic year, and men’s cross country was brought back.

The college’s teams have won national championships in ice hockey (2001), men’s cross country (1996), women’s bowling (1995, 2010), women’s basketball (1993) and women’s alpine skiing (1977).


Growing out of the Veteran’s Vocational School in downtown Troy, New York, the college was founded in 1953 as the Hudson Valley Technical Institute. Initially, the role of the college was to provide practical hands-on vocational training for veterans returning from World War II. Dwight Marvin, editor of the Troy Record, was one of several community leaders who pressed to create a broader mission for the college, which in 1959 would be officially known as Hudson Valley Community College. Marvin served as the first chairman of the college’s Board of Trustees.

The college initially was housed in the former Earl and Williams shirt collar factory building at Broadway and Seventh Avenue, but by 1955, the board of trustees was already looking for a larger location to site a campus. The trustees surveyed likely sites for a new campus and in 1956 announced that the Williams farm, which straddled the Troy-North Greenbush border, would be the chosen site.

The new campus was initially opposed by a group of Rensselaer County taxpayers, who argued that the county should not have to pay for half the cost of the campus construction if fewer than half the students were county residents. What would became a landmark case for community colleges in New York State eventually was heard by the state’s Court of Appeals. On June 25, 1958, the court upheld the county’s right to fund half of the cost of construction and paved the way for capital construction at community colleges around the state. The new campus, with five Indiana limestone buildings, was completed in 1961 and the former factory building was abandoned and eventually torn down.


Otto V. Guenther, 1953 - 1965 Otto Guenther was selected in 1953 to be the first president of the newly established Hudson Valley Technical Institute. In 1957, President Guenther received approval from the Rensselaer County Board of Supervisors to begin construction of a new campus on the border of Troy and the town of North Greenbush. That transition to a newly created suburban campus and the growth of the student body were Guenther’s legacy as president.

James J. Fitzgibbons, 1965 - 1979 James Fitzgibbons presided over impressive growth in the college’s student body and in the number of academic programs offered. During his tenure, Hudson Valley’s curricula grew from 18 to 38 academic programs. Five new buildings on campus also were completed during the Fitzgibbons presidency. The Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center was dedicated to the president in 1982.

Joseph J. Bulmer, 1979 - 1996 The longest-tenured president of the college, Joseph J. Bulmer served Hudson Valley for 17 years. A nuclear engineer with a distinguished career at General Electric, Dr. Bulmer was responsible for increasing the college’s image in the Capital Region. The establishment of distance learning, a Center for Effective Teaching, expanded services for disabled students and the addition of the McDonough Sports Complex, Cogan Hall, Fitzgibbons Health Technologies Center, the Hy Rosenblum Administration Center and the Bulmer Telecommunications Center were accomplished during Bulmer’s presidency.

Stephen M. Curtis, 1996 - 1998 Dr. Stephen Curtis came to Hudson Valley Community College after serving as interim president of Borough of Manhattan Community College. While at Hudson Valley, Dr. Curtis led improvements to the college’s distance learning program and helped link the college to several high schools around the region through interactive television. Dr. Curtis currently serves as president of the Community College of Philadelphia.

John L. Buono, 1998 - 2003 The only alumnus to serve as president of Hudson Valley Community College, John Buono had a lengthy career in public service before accepting the offer to serve as interim president of his alma mater. Buono served as Rensselaer County Executive from 1986 to 1995 and was then tapped by Governor George Pataki to head the New York State Dormitory Authority, where he served as director for three years. Buono’s tenure as president of the college saw the creation of the Viking Child Care Center, Guenther Enrollment Services Center and the Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. He also established the college’s Workforce Development Institute, which provides non-credit, customized training for business and industry. He currently serves as chairman of the NYS Thruway Board of Directors.

Marco J. Silverstri, Interim President, 2004 - 2005 Prior to serving as interim president, Dr. Silvestri served as the college’s vice president for administration since 1984. During Dr. Silvestri’s tenure, the college received reaffirmation of its accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities.

Andrew J. Matonak, 2005 – Present “Drew” Matonak assumed the presidency on April 18, 2005. Prior to arriving at Hudson Valley, he served as president of Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa, for three years. Dr. Matonak has led the college to record enrollment over the past three years.

Culture at Hudson Valley Community College

Maureen Stapleton Theatre – The Maureen Stapleton Theatre, dedicated in 1981, seats 350 people and is located at the north end of the Siek Campus Center. The space was named after the Academy Award-winning actress who was a native of Troy, New York.

Sculpture on campus – Two pieces by noted American sculptor Antoni Milkowski are sited on the campus. The college obtained Runner, which consists of a series of seven shiny stainless steel cubes, in 2009, as a gift from the Milkowski family. It is located in a new quad near the entrance to Administration/Classroom Building. 1971 AD, has been on view in front of the Siek Campus Center since the college’s 25th anniversary. The large, cor-ten steel sphere was a gift from the artist who lived and maintained a studio for many years in New Lebanon, New York.

Teaching Gallery – the college’s Teaching Gallery is located in the Administration/Classroom Building and home to the college’s Gallery Management degree program. The gallery also displays exhibits by several regional and national artists each year.

Off Campus Sites

Albany Extension Center – Hudson Valley Community College operates an extension center at 175 Central Avenue in Albany. The site, located on the fourth floor of the former Hauf Furniture building, includes several classrooms and a mock pharmacy, which is used for the college’s Pharmacy Technician training program. The extension center also offers regular academic advisement sessions in the evenings.

TEC SMART (Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies) – Opened in January 2010, the TEC SMART facility is a joint initiative between the college and NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority). Located in Malta, New York’s Saratoga Technology and Energy Park, the building will house the college’s training classrooms in semiconductor manufacturing technology, as well as labs and classrooms for training in renewable energy technologies such as solar, wind and geothermal power. Instruction in alternative fuels engines that run on hydrogen, biodiesel, ethanol and fuel cells also will be delivered at this site.

Future Growth

The college’s new 800-car parking garage is set to open in August 2010 and should alleviate some of the parking pressures on campus.

The college announced in January 2010 that it had secured funding from the state and Rensselaer County to begin construction of a new Science Center on campus. The new building, which is expected to cost $35 million, will house laboratory and classroom space for the college’s science programs and support degrees offerings in biological sciences, biotechnology, chemical technician and environmental science.


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Coordinates: 42°41′45″N 73°41′01″W / 42.69578°N 73.68354°W / 42.69578; -73.68354



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