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Rockland's M.B.A. -- Advance Your Career in Tough Economic Times

Classes Begin Sept. 2 at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University

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Rockland Graduate Campus Open House Wednesday, August 20, 2008Orangeburg, N.Y. -- The last time Robert Fishbein stepped foot into a classroom was 1985 when he graduated with a bachelor's degree. An assistant vice president at BJ's Wholesale Club, Fishbein wanted to take his managerial experience to the next level and thought earning an M.B.A. would get him there.

“It had been a long time since I was in school,” he said, “but I had a lot of business experience and I felt like it was time to broaden my thinking and understand the motivation behind business strategies,” he said. “I needed to refresh my understanding of business practices and processes.”

This past May, Fishbein, a resident of Park Ridge, N.J., graduated from the Fast-Track M.B.A. program at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University and has a new job to show for it. Now the executive director of operations at Columbia University, Fishbein says his degree was a “key factor” in advancing to his new position.

The Master of Business Administration degree from the Rockland Graduate Campus is a comprehensive, fast-track program taught by successful business people with many years of management experience. Designed for the working person who studies part-time, the degree takes just 28 months to complete. Classes meet one or two nights each week.

“The program is grounded in the real-world business community,” said Kenneth Reilly, director of the business administration program at the Rockland Graduate Campus. “All of the instructors are at the top of their field and are offering real-world knowledge.”

And in today's uncertain economy, the knowledge and skills that come with an M.B.A. are more important than ever.

“Students are learning about current businesses structures,” Reilly said. “When there is an economic downturn, it becomes even more necessary for business-oriented people to keep on top of what is happening in the current climate. When things get tough, the people who keep their jobs are the ones with advanced education.”

Because classes average just 10 to 15 students, the students benefit from close interaction with their professors. For students in the Fast-Track program, textbooks are free and tuition reductions are offered on all courses of the program, saving each student thousands of dollars.

The Rockland Graduate Campus M.B.A. emphasizes the development of personal leadership qualities; the ability to communicate well and work effectively with people; strategic thinking, financial analysis, and other problem-solving skills; sensitivity to multi-cultural, diversity, and ethical issues, and a robust understanding of a wide range of business subjects. Students in the Fast-Track M.B.A. program study as a cohort. By progressing through the program together, they develop teamwork and communication skills highly valued in the business environment.

To learn more about the M.B.A. program, interested student should attend the Rockland Graduate Campus Open House –Wednesday, August 20, 2008 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Faculty and staff will be on hand to discuss admissions and degree requirements, financial aid and more. The open house will be held at the Rockland Graduate Campus, 70 Route 340, Orangeburg located off exit 5N of the Palisades Parkway. Fall classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2008. To learn more about the M.B.A. program, interested students should visit www.liu.edu/rockland/mba, e-mail Rockland@liu.edu or call (845) 359-7200, ext. 5403.

Posted 08/13/2008

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