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MBA students in class at the Volkswagen Academy Distance Learning Lab MBA students in class at the Volkswagen Academy Distance Learning Lab

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) — The MBA program at the Volkswagen Academy, an educational partnership with UTC, is up and running using EPB's 100% fiber optic high speed connection. 

The program offers a real-time video and audio connection between the Volkswagen Academy and UTC, a distance of 12 miles, for more than twenty post-grad students from nine different Chattanooga companies.

"We are very pleased that the enrollment has gone so well and that we have added yet another program to our offerings at the Volkswagen Academy," said Hans-Herbert Jagla, EVP of Human Resources at Volkswagen Chattanooga. "We are also very pleased that working business professionals from other local companies were able to utilize this educational opportunity," Jagla said.

Students include Volkswagen Chattanooga employees, but also employees of US Express, Whirlpool, Chattanooga State and Snap-On Tools, among others.

"The MBA program at Volkswagen Academy provides students living or working in the rapidly growing eastern Hamilton and Bradley counties more convenient access to UTC graduate courses," according to Dr. Robert Dooley, College of Business Dean at UTC. 

The curriculum follows the existing UTC MBA program consisting of 12 courses, with most working students taking 2 classes per semester allowing them to complete the program in approximately 2 years.  Applications are now being accepted for the spring semester beginning in early January.

The classes are held in specialized rooms equipped with high-speed internet, video conferencing and highly-sensitive sound equipment. These tech features make the experience seem as if the students are in the same room with the professor, who is at UTC's main campus downtown.

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