High-tech campus seeks students

TEC-SMART up and running, open advisements weekly

Students at work in a 'clean room' at HVCC's Malta Campus.

Students at work in a 'clean room' at HVCC's Malta Campus.

Hudson Valley Community College has invested time and resources getting in one the ground floor of the new high-tech workforce in Saratoga County, and now the school is looking to fill classrooms at its TEC-SMARTcampus in Malta.

Larry Ellis, adjunct professor of general psychology and associate director of student development within the counseling and transfer department, will be holding academic advisement sessions on Monday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. at TEC-SMART, or Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies. This isthe college’s satellite educational facility located in NYSERDA’s SaratogaTechnology and Energy Park on Hermes Road in Malta.

The satellite campus is an attractive alternative to taking classes at the college’s main campus in Troy, since it’s located right in theLuther Forest Technology Campus at the heart of the area’s technology growth.

Currently, classes taught at the center include those in liberalarts, humanities, clean technologies and sustainable industries. Additional classes among most curriculum offered by the college are also being considered,as the campus becomes a more convenient location for college students, as wellas for those already in the workforce who want to continue their education.

Penny Hill, Associate Dean at TEC-SMART, said the campus is allabout offering opportunities. Currently there are 16 students taking thesemiconductor class, and a total of 276 students at the campus taking a rangeof classes. Capacity at the campus is available for 400 students.

“Many people may not be aware of the jobs available (in thetechnology fields) and the fact that we offer multiple tracks for students toprepare them for those jobs,” she said.

Hill went on to say a TEC-SMART education can empower the nextgeneration, and the school is in a good position to do so since it is in close proximity to the under-construction Global Foundaries semiconductor plant. Mostof the students are in the workforce already and average age of students is 35.There has been a 50 percent growth in the number of enrolled students sincelast year.

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