Student Life and Student Services

Academic Support Services

Center for Academic Engagement - The mission of the Center for Academic Engagement (CAE) is to facilitate collaboration between academic and instructional support units and encourage faculty and staff to intervene on student retention issues in a timely manner.
Phone: (518) 629-7550

Collegiate Academic Support Program – The Collegiate Academic Support Program (CASP) is designed to provide a support system for high risk students. A special emphasis is placed on diversity, individuality and holistic development. Assistance with research paper writing is offered, as well as one-on-one and small group tutoring in math and the sciences.
Phone: (518) 629-7160

Computer Learning Center– All registered students can use the college’s Computer Learning Center to complete assignments, practice skills, use the internet for research, or use email. A faculty member may refer you to the Computer Learning Center for individualized instruction or workshops on basic computer applications.

The Computer Learning Center staff can assist you with:

  • Assignments and projects
  • Computer skill development
  • Email use
  • Internet access
  • Internet research
  • Online learning questions
  • Off-campus access

Phone: (518) 629-7891

Educational Opportunity Program – The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is instrumental in diversifying campus enrollment and provides academic support services and financial assistance to at-risk students whose socioeconomic circumstances may prevent them from successfully completing their educational goals.

Program applicants are required to attend a pre-semester orientation that will assist them in making the transition to college life. The orientation includes presentations from key academic and student support departments. During the semester, weekly educational resource workshops are scheduled for freshman students, along with monthly individual student meetings with program staff to monitor progress. Supplemental financial assistance also is available to provide support for personal living expenses.

The EOP encourages students from historically under-represented groups to pursue higher education, and once enrolled in the program, students are encouraged to maximize their collegiate experience. Many EOP students participate in student clubs and athletic teams on campus, assume leadership roles in the student government and receive scholarships that recognize academic excellence.
Phone: (518) 629-7325

Learning Assistance Center– At the Learning Assistance Center, you can get academic support that encourages you to become an independent and confident learner. All services are free, and the LAC faculty can help you with concepts that you have difficulty understanding, discuss assignments, and reinforce classroom instruction. Located in the Marvin Library Learning Commons, lower level.

Services Offered:

  • Math
  • Learning Strategies
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Workshops

The LAC Faculty:

  • Explain concepts that students have difficulty understanding
  • Discuss assignments with students
  • Provide feedback to students about assignments
  • Reinforce classroom instruction
  • Refer students to appropriate software, videos, worksheets, and handouts
  • Conduct workshops

Phone: (518) 629-7230

Writing and Research Center - At the Writing and Research Center, located on the second floor of the Marvin Library Learning Commons, you can get help with developing term papers and essays and learn how to polish any writing assignment.
Phone: (518) 629-7230

Academic Environments

Hudson Valley Community College is dedicated to delivering the best possible academic environment to its more than 12,000 students. In addition to the traditional classroom setting, you may choose to utilize one of several other academic environments.

Marvin Library Learning Commons – The library is a quiet, academic work zone. Cell phone use is prohibited throughout the building, and games are not allowed in the Learning Centers (Computer Learning Center, Writing and Research Center and the Learning Assistance Center). Study carrels, tables and group study rooms are available throughout the building, and faculty and other professional staff are available to help students with research, tutoring and study strategies.

Web-enhanced Courses – Many Hudson Valley faculty members have begun to provide additional reference materials and communication tools online to supplement their classroom teaching. Web-enhanced courses provide access to announcements, assignments, notes and class discussions as an added benefit to traditional classroom instruction.

Hybrid Courses - Some courses have a combined structure that includes a required on-campus class meeting and required instruction delivered via a distance learning format.

Online Learning – The college offers hundreds of credit-bearing courses online. You may pursue one of nine degree programs and three certificate programs completely online. In addition, a number of programs offer more than 75 percent of their courses online. Some online courses have required on-campus labs and/or proctored exams.

For more information about technical requirements for online learning, click here.

Service Learning – The college’s Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement provides a way to enhance student learning by linking a service component to education. In previous semesters, students have worked at the New York State Museum’s Discovery Place, Carroll Hill Elementary School in Troy and the Van Schaick Mansion.