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C-GCC Professor Tapped by Nation’s Largest Lending Marketplace to Serve as Expert

Written By Editor on 9/7/21 | 9/7/21

Ryan McCann, assistant professor of Math and Science at Columbia-Greene Community College, has been tapped by ValuePenguin and its parent company LendingTree® to serve as an expert in automotive insurance.

Launched in 2013 and acquired by LendingTree in 2019, ValuePenguin curates exclusive panels of professionals in various areas of expertise, to help dissect difficult subjects and empower consumers to make smarter financial decisions.

McCann, of Red Hook, N.Y., was charged with offering his professional opinions regarding the purchase of automotive insurance, particularly among younger drivers, and fielding such questions as “at what point do discount programs become problematic for consumers?”

“Discount programs can become problematic when they are overly complicated and may have strings attached that are not fully understood,” answers McCann. “A parallel example might be the adjustable-rate mortgage, which caused many to secure loans that had low payments at first, unaware of balloon payments and higher interest rates that could lead to foreclosure.”

McCann has taught at C-GCC since 2015, and previously served as an instructor with the Bard Prison Initiative and as a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual. He’s a graduate of Boston College and of Bard College, from which he holds a master’s degree in Teaching in Mathematics.

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