Winter Recess

All schools will be closed for Winter Recess starting Monday, February 19 through Friday, February 23.

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HVCC logoHudson Valley Community College announced Tuesday it will be offering more than 50 college-level courses to high school students from the Classes of 2023 and 2024 for free this summer.

The same incentive was offered last year, and nearly 1,000 students from around the Capital Region, including more than a dozen from Columbia High School, took advantage of the opportunity.

The majority of the summer College in the High School courses will be offered in an online or remote learning format. High school students will also be able to enroll in a three-week on-campus summer session and additional courses will be taught in person at Troy Middle School. Session dates are May 23 – July 1; May 23 – August 12; and July 5 through August 12.

Courses range from English Composition, Precalculus and Sociology to Child Development, Introduction to Criminal Law and Principles of Marketing.

Successful students will be able to apply the credit they earn at Hudson Valley Community College and hundreds of other colleges and universities once they graduate from high school.

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Tuition, fees and textbooks will be completely funded through a HVCC scholarship.

“We want to do everything in our power to make our summer College in the High School courses even more accessible,” said HVCC President Roger Ramsammy. “By offering a full scholarship on tuition and providing open educational resources or free textbooks, we are offering an incredible opportunity for students to get a jump start on their college career while still in high school.”

Head Start on Math and Writing

HVCC also announced that two additional academic preparation programs – Head Start on Math and Head Start on Writing – will be offered at no cost this summer both online and on campus. The workshops are aimed at preparing incoming college freshmen with skills to take on college-level courses.

Head Start on Math gives students the opportunity to work on basic math skills and prepare for Basic Math (MATH 095) and Elementary Algebra (MATH 099). Head Start on Writing provides students with the opportunity to work with faculty on writing skills and prepare for English Composition I.

For more information on the Head Start programs, contact Community Education at or (518) 629-7339.


Interested students should contact their school counselor at Columbia to learn more about these summer courses and how they can register.

Earning college credit through this program or through any other college does not automatically go on a student’s high school transcript. There is a form and a process, separate from the College in the High School registration process, that the student needs to complete if wishing to get the college credit on their high school transcript. High school credit will be considered if the course allows the student to move on to another Columbia course.