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Hudson Valley Community College Auto Instructor Honored

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8071 or (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Monday, November 24, 2003

General Motors ASEP Instructor Anthony Kossmann receives regional award

Anthony Kossmann, an automotive instructor at Hudson Valley Community College, has been honored for outstanding achievement as a General Motors Automotive Service Educational program (ASEP) instructor by the International GM ASEP Association.

Kossmann, of Altamont, received the 2003 Kent-Moore GM ASEP Technical Instructor Award of Merit for the Northeast Region earlier this month at the association's annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kathy Fredricks, coordinator of GM ASEP at Hudson Valley, nominated him for the award.

"Anthony is a leader in his area of expertise," Fredricks wrote in the nomination. "He makes himself available whenever needed to assist students, faculty and staff. He is enthusiastic about his students, his classes, and this is reflected in the way the students respect him."

The Automotive Service Educational program, established at Hudson Valley in 1985, is a unique, cooperative program that provides the college with the opportunity to train students for a challenging career at a General Motors dealership. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

Kossmann began teaching in Hudson Valley's Automotive Technologies Department in 1992 and joined GM ASEP five years later. He teaches freshman and senior level courses in engines; fuel systems; integral frame and suspension components; and diesel engines. He and his wife, Barbara, have a son, Nickolas.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.