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CU-ICAR expanding auto engineering program to include certificate

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Beginning with the upcoming fall semester, Clemson University will offer a certificate program in automotive engineering.

The program will be a condensed version of the master’s and PhD programs the university currently offers at the Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research.

Mark Hoffman, assistant research professor and director of the new certificate program, said the new program will give smaller businesses a chance to obtain experience in the automotive sector without the cost and time commitment of a graduate degree program.

The two-semester program will give students the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art laboratories, take part in design projects with some of CU-ICAR’s industry clients. The certificate is 12 credits at a cost of $875 per credit for applicants not seeking an undergraduate degree at Clemson. Undergraduates will pay the same tuition per semester if they are taking 12 hours or more.

All classes and labs are done on Fridays and can be done at CU-ICAR or online. Hoffman said the laboratory components of the classes will have to be done on-site. Clemson University is installing technology to allow students to study in virtual classrooms at the main campus or at the Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston.

“If you look at the ability of someone working for a small business or owning a small business, they would have to have a minimal disruption to their operation and we feel this would be a perfect fit for that,” Hoffman said.

Registration for the fall semester is open and classes begin Aug. 25.

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