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SIU automotive degree program traveling north on I-57 to Chicago

November 17, 2010

Southern Illinois University, which offers one of the nation’s finest baccalaureate degree programs in automotive technologies, will teach coursework at Chicago’s Harry S Truman College beginning this fall. 

It is the first time the automotive technology program will be taught off-campus. The program involves SIU-Carbondale and Truman College and Kennedy King College, two community colleges in Chicago.


Students who first obtain an associates degree in automotive technology from one of the two community colleges can enroll in the SIU program, for what officials described as a "two-plus-two" degree. 

Jack Greer, chairman of SIU’s automotive technology department, said demand to enter the department is so great in Carbondale that applicants must be turned away. But offering courses in Chicago enables the department to increase enrollments.


The program will be offered in an accelerated weekend format in which students attend classes Saturday and Sunday.   

Several manufacturers are expected to donate vehicles for the Chicago classes, as they do in Carbondale.


Clyde El-Amin, president of Kennedy King College, said he expects his college to repeat the two-plus-two program in more fields of study.