SUNY Delhi and Hudson Valley Community College have entered into an agreement under which graduates of the community college’s construction technology and civil engineering technology degree program can transition to a Delhi bachelor’s degree.
“This transfer option is beneficial in so many ways for our students,” Christine LaPlante, chairwoman of the Construction, Industrial and Mechanical Technologies Department at Hudson Valley said in a media release. “For many, it is convenient to have an extra year in this area. They can maintain important ties for another year and continue working with the faculty and college they’ve been familiar with.”
Under the agreement, the Hudson Valley graduates will spend a fifth semester at the community college and a sixth semester in an internship before moving on to a fourth year at Delhi. All credits will transfer, and the option is open to current students as well as alumni of the construction and engineering programs.
The third-year class work and related labs, established by SUNY Delhi and taught by Hudson Valley faculty, place emphasis on compliance with the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and familiarity with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design accreditation.
During the sixth semester, students will undertake an 800-hour internship with a construction or engineering business of their choice. Delhi will assist students in finding internships. Hudson Valley’s associate degrees in these programs do not currently require internships.
Begun in 1933, SUNY Delhi’s construction technology degree program is the oldest post-secondary construction program of its kind in the country, admitting nearly 35 students per year, according to Eric P. Robert, dean and associate professor of applied sciences and building technologies at SUNY Delhi.