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 Posted by on May 3, 2013

Hudson Valley and Cazenovia College have partnered to bring a bachelor’s degree program in Human Services to campus. The program is in the evenings, part-time, and takes about three years to complete so students in the Capital Region can earn a four-year degree, but remain on campus. It’s been very successful, in no small part because of the technologies available at the college.

The students pictured have just presented their Capstone papers. The Capstone presentation is their last assignment before graduation from Cazenovia this May.

To bridge the physical distance with the presentations, Dr. Mary Handley, program director of Human Services at Cazenovia College, connected to a Hudson Valley Community College videoconference classroom to see her students’ presentations utilizing Cisco Telepresence Jabber, a desktop videoconferencing software.

By utilizing this technology, Dr. Handley was able to see and hear each student and their PowerPoint presentation simultaneously. “The technology is amazing, and the presentations were crystal clear,” said Handley. “This final presentation is the culmination of the student’s work in the program and the college’s cutting edge technology helps them shine! The combination of technology with academics exemplifies the learning experience of the future — it’s here, now.

Viking Video Technologies worked with Cazenovia’s IT department to install the software, which allows people at any location to join those on campus. Cisco Telepresence Jabber is being used at Hudson Valley for ITV Distance Learning, college employment interviews, departmental meetings and to connect with guest speakers.

If you need to conduct a videoconference, please contact Eric Kiel of Viking Video Technologies at 629-7625 or To find out how to earn your Cazenovia College bachelor’s degree in Human Services at Hudson Valley, call the Office of Extended Learning at (315) 655-7287 or