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NMJC Ford ASSET Program Honors Graduates

NMJC Ford ASSET Program Honors Graduates photo 5/7/2009 11:22:14 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. The six 2009 graduates of New Mexico Junior College's Ford Motor Company Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) Program were honored at a graduation luncheon on Thursday, May 7.

Each graduate will receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology at NMJC's Commencement exercises Friday evening, marking the completion of well over 1,000 hours of classroom training and 1,000 hours of cooperative work experience at area car dealerships. This also certifies that the graduates are now fully 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.

According to Mike Gusta, Ford Motor Company Field Service Engineer, the six young men are now part of a proven, elite group of highly skilled technicians within the industry. "This is a tough, rigorous program that prepares technicians for today's vehicles and provides a basis for today the challenges of tomorrow," he said. "They are needed -- their service and their skills -- and for them, it's a very bright future."

The Lead Technician Award, presented by ASSET Instructor Tim Roberts, was given to Marcus Burelsmith of Odessa, Texas, for having a cumulative grade point average of 3.6, demonstrating academic excellence, professionalism within the industry, and technical competence.

In addition to Burelsmith, graduates include Edgar Aguirre of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Jesus Barrios of Odessa, Texas; Kelly House of Odessa, Texas; Miguel Orozco, Jr. of Hobbs; and Reymundo Romero of Albuquerque.

Sponsoring Ford dealerships include Borman AutoPlex of Las Cruces; Sewell Ford of Odessa, Texas; Permian Ford of Hobbs; and Don Chalmers Ford of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

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