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New program is first in the Northeast

Printer-friendly version Posted Date: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 09:15

Continuing to add unique and in-demand academic offerings, Alfred State is pleased to announce the addition of a two-year motorcycle and power sports technology major that will be the first of its kind among all public colleges in the Northeast. Classes for this program will begin in the fall of 2017.

The Associate in Occupational Studies degree program will prepare students for a career as a motorcycle/power sports/ small engine technician, incorporating a progressively challenging format and hands-on laboratories, using full-size functioning vehicles.

motorcycle in front of Alfred State sign on Wellsville campusTraining will include all aspects of motorcycle and small vehicle repair, including the diagnosis and repair of gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, electrical/electronic systems, brake systems, steering systems, and suspension systems.

Occupational opportunities for graduates of this program include motorcycle technician, marine vehicle technician, small engine/lawn and garden equipment technician, service manager, and shop foreman.

Kent Johnson, program coordinator and chair of the Automotive Trades Department, said, “I am excited to add the motorcycle and power sports technology curriculum to our department. The Alfred State Automotive Trades Department has 50 years of experience training technicians to repair trucks, equipment, and cars. That experience, combined with us working closely with industry to develop curricula, should help us make this a premier program very quickly.”

Dr. Skip Sullivan, president of Alfred State, said, “This major’s simulated real-world practice environment, experienced faculty, and diverse tools and equipment will give our students a competitive edge once they enter the workforce. We are delighted to add motorcycle and power sports technology to our academic offerings, and I thank all of the faculty who made this program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, provost, said, “Alfred State is pleased to provide the opportunity for students to engage in hands-on learning to service motorcycles and other recreational vehicles. Housed on our Wellsville campus, this program will prepare students to ‘hit the ground running’ in a growing industry.”