NMJC Holds ASEP Graduation
5/10/2007 4:23:02 p.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College's General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) held a graduation luncheon for its 16 graduates on Thursday, May 10.
These graduates, who have completed over 1,080 hours of training, 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, students graduating from NMJC's ASEP program will have completed 85% of General Motors' Training Program.
Each ASEP graduate will also receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology at NMJC's Commencement exercises Friday evening.
General Motors Area Service Manager Steve Pardy presented the GM Goodwrench Leadership Award to Tyler Peace. The GM Goodwrench Leadership Award is presented to the student who has the best overall culmination of grade point average, evaluations from their service manager, and attitude.
According to Bill Taube, General Motors Corporation Regional AYES/ASEP Manager of the South Central Region, "Being an automotive technician is not easy. You have to be smart and tenacious to get through the basics of what makes our cars tick. The background you've been taught has equipped you to resolve difficult problems with discipline of the mind, whether it is mechanical, emotional, or any life problem. The automotive technician's state of mind must begin with passion."
"NMJC's ASEP program is one of the most affordable training programs for the quality of education that is taught at this facility. And for the graduating student, the opportunities for employment are tremendous," explained Sam Gilcrease, NMJC ASEP professor.
Dr. Mary Jane Ward, Dean of Business and Technology, closed the luncheon with a reminder to appreciate the graduates' accomplishments, "It is a great time of year to celebrate the successes of students. I look out and see the people who will go out and make a difference in the world. Without automotive technicians, the world would come to a grinding halt."