NMJC Honors Automotive Graduates
5/23/2014 4:37:25 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.
Sixteen students graduated from New Mexico Junior College with an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology. This two-year degree through either the Ford Motor Company Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) or the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) is designed for students who wish to become professional automotive technicians. Students are sponsored by automotive dealerships where they receive supervised work experience, as well as receiving quality classroom instruction and hands-on laboratory experience using state-of-the-art diagnostic test equipment.
Tim Roberts, Ford ASSET Instructor, stated, “These programs are not easy. These graduating students are the best of the best in an ever-changing field.” Sam Gilcrease, GM ASEP instructor, agreed: “The students spend over 90 hours in the classroom and labs, and this does not include all their training at the dealerships. It takes commitment, drive and determination to finish this program. We are very proud.”
Students graduating from the Ford ASSET program are: Justin Griffith from Lubbock, TX (sponsored by Gene Messer Ford), Chad Hendricks from Mountainair, NM (sponsored by Brad Francis Ford), Jeremiah S. Howard from Hobbs, NM (sponsored by Permian Ford), Aaron Johnson from San Saba, TX (sponsored by Hill Country Ford), Justin Pettit from Albuquerque, NM (sponsored by Power Ford), Thoren Roberts from Whiteface, TX (sponsored by Smith South Plains), and Riis Sanchez from Socorro, NM (sponsored by Power Ford).
Graduates of the GM ASEP program are: Ivan Torres-Almaraz from Anthony, NM (sponsored by Rudolph Chevrolet), Miguel Carrillo, Jr. from Seminole, TX (sponsored by Sewell Chevrolet), Sergio James Dominguez from Anthony, NM (sponsored by Sisburro Buick/GMC), Vincent Gonzales from Fort Summer, NM (sponsored by Bender Chevrolet), Alfred Lujan from Portales, NM (sponsored by Hamilton GM Country), Julian Macias from El Paso, TX (sponsored by Bravo Cadillac), Jeremy Mullen from Wolfforth, TX (sponsored by Gene Messer Chevrolet), Crystal Ramos from Hobbs, NM (sponsored by Permian GMC, Chevrolet), and Alicia Rangel from Hobbs, NM (sponsored by Sewell Chevrolet).
Each of the students received a watch from their prospective auto manufacturer along with a plaque, their certifications and diplomas.
Special awards were also given: Ford ASSET Outstanding Student Award went to Justin Pettit and GM ASEP Leadership Award went to Vincent Gonzales.
Guest speakers included Mike Gusta, Ford Field Service Engineer for the Mountain-West Region, and Rich Henderson, GM District Manager After Sales. Both encouraged the graduates to always strive to be better and give 100%.
New Mexico Junior College is a comprehensive community college promoting success through learning.