TROY, NY — Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) has entered into a partnership agreement with Living Resources. The agreement, which will take effect this fall, will bring Living Resources’ CareerNext program to the college campus.
Living Resources is an organization that helps people with disabilities. CareerNext, established in 2019, provides students with disabilities with resources and support to succeed in college. The program is already in place at SUNY Schenectady and SUNY Cobleskill, and now it’s coming to HVCC as well.
HVCC currently serves over 600 students with learning and physical disabilities. The campus Access and Assistive Technology Center provides resources, including dedicated staff and infrastructure, that enable students to achieve their educational, personal, and professional goals. When CareerNext begins in the fall, it is expected to serve up to 40 additional students.
The partnership agreement between HVCC and Living Resources was formalized on Thursday, with a document signing ceremony between HVCC Chairman Dr. Roger Ramsammy and Living Resources CEO Elizabeth Martin. Representatives of both organizations were on hand to witness and support the signing, which was also livestreamed on the college’s Facebook page.
“We’ve always sought to support students with disabilities, so this is just another step in the direction we’re already taking,” Ramsammy remarked. “It adds to the excitement today.”
“One of the things that makes us all human is the desire to follow our aspirations and our dreams,” Martin commented. “For people with disabilities, it’s no different, but sometimes they need extra resources to make it happen.”
Living Resources College Programs Director Colleen Dergosits explained that when CareerNext begins at HVCC in the fall, it will provide personalized services to students in the program.
“We offer academic support and executive functioning skills services, teaching things like time management, organization, and prioritizing tasks,” Dergosits explained.
“It’s so exciting,” added Martin. “We wanted to do this for a while, but COVID slowed us down. This partnership adds to our options for young people to graduate. Hudson Valley is a well-known and respected college in the area, and it opens up many opportunities. It also improves our reputation, providing more choices for our students. »
“Hudson Valley Community College has always prided itself on its cultural diversity,” said Ronalyn Wilson, HVCC Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It will add to the richness of our community. We look forward to the partnership with Living Resources, we can’t wait this fall! »
“It’s fantastic,” agreed Louis Coplin, vice president of student affairs at HVCC. “We always seek to strengthen our relationships with our students and our community through partnerships, and it’s a great partnership. Everyone is welcome at Hudson Valley Community College.
For more information, visit www.careernext.org or www.hvcc.edu.