NMJC Holds ASSET Graduation
5/11/2007 4:01:23 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College's Ford Motor Company Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) held a graduation luncheon for its nine graduates on Friday, May 11.
These graduates, who have completed 1,088 hours of classroom training and 1,088 hours of cooperative work experience, are prepared for strict industry standards required for Master Certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, which is the highest level of achievement recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
In addition, each graduate will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology at NMJC's Commencement exercises Friday evening.
According to Joe Carpenter, Ford Motor Company Field Service Engineer, "NMJC's site is a great facility. With the unique computer skills of today's generation of automotive technicians, this program prepares today's technicians for the challenges of current and future vehicles."
The Lead Technician Award was given to Shawn Metzger for having a cumulative grade point average of 3.6, demonstrating academic excellence, professionalism within the industry, and technical competence.
"One of the biggest benefits about the ASSET program is that the students experience working in the dealership during their education. So when they graduate, they are ready to enter the workforce well trained," explained Dr. Randy Whicker, NMJC ASSET professor.
In summary of the learning experience provided through ASSET programs, President of NMJC Dr. Steve McCleery stated, "The ASSET program represents a great educational model because of the partnerships that have been forged. The affiliate dealership provides direct feedback to the advisory board and instructors, and the corporation provides updated training information for the best educational model in the U.S."