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Automotive Management Degree Program New to Hudson Valley Community College; Open for Spring Enrollment

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

A new Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program in Automotive Management that combines a technical automotive program of study with business courses specifically related to the industry is being offered by the School of Engineering and Industrial Technologies at Hudson Valley Community College. Enrollment for the spring semester is currently open.

This 65-credit hour program prepares students for management positions at dealerships, on the corporate level or in privately run service and repair shops. Course credits are transferrable for those who move on to pursue a bachelor's degree.

"Automotive management is a growing field that offers students a wide range of opportunities for employment, while demanding a technologically advanced and business-savvy workforce. This program is intended to meet that demand," said Anthony Kossmann, department chair for Automotive, Manufacturing and Electrical Technologies at Hudson Valley. "Upon completion, graduates can go right into a career or transfer to a four-year college."

Technical coursework focuses on alternative fuels, automotive electrical systems, maintenance and repair. Business courses include marketing and sales, ethical and legal practices, management and finance. There is a strong emphasis on development of communications and writing skills.

Courses are taught on both the main campus in Troy and the college's Training and Education Center for Semiconductor Manufacturing and Alternative and Renewable Technologies (TEC-SMART) in Malta. Online courses are also available.

For more information, contact Hudson Valley's Admission Office at (518) 629-7309 or, or Department Chairperson Anthony Kossmann at (518) 629-7272 or

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 14,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 65,000 alumni.