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Ford ASSET Kick-off Luncheon Held at NMJC

Ford ASSET Kick-off Luncheon Held at NMJC photo 9/24/2008 3:31:50 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. Every two years, the Ford ASSET program at New Mexico Junior College begins with a new group of students. As always, the program was started off right with a Kick-Off Luncheon held on Thursday, September 18, 2008. Hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, baked beans and other treats were provided by the participating Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Dealerships.

Speakers at the luncheon included NMJC Dean, Dr. Mary Jane Ward, NMJC Vice President for Instruction, Dr. John Gratton, ASSET Coordinator and Instructor, Dr. Randy Whicker and Technical Support Operations Manager Troy Kimmerle of Ford Motor Company.

"You are getting the best of the best right here at NMJC," said Kimmerle to the students, in reference to the quality of training that Ford ASSET instructors offer.

Whicker extolled his "guys in the blue shirts" with a story of someone coming up to him and saying that these students were one of the nicest groups of young men. Whicker and ASSET instructor Tim Roberts presented each attending student with a Ford ASSET T-Shirt, patch, and safety glasses before the conclusion of the luncheon.

In all, 18 students are participating in the class of 2008-2010. They include Sam Avalos of Magdalena, NM; David Baeza of Andrews, TX; Jesus Baeza of Andrews, TX; Brandon Bradley of Midland, TX; Tyler Coleman of Las Cruces, NM; TJ Devin of Plainview, TX; Ryan Dickey of Midland, TX; Gerardo Gamboa of Albuquerque, NM; Vincent Herrera of Las Cruces, NM; Lyle Kelly of Shiprock, NM; Michael Martinez of Hobbs, NM; Morris Reyes of Hobbs, NM; Derek Rice of Hobbs, NM; Angel Rivera of Chaparral, NM; Caleb Rushing of Kermit, TX; Francisco Segura of Chaparral, NM; Gilbert Urban of Alamogordo, NM; and Dante Ybarra of Hobbs, NM.

For more information about the Ford ASSET program at NMJC, please contact Whicker at (575) 492-2865.

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