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NMJC's ASSET Program Kicked Off

NMJC's ASSET Program Kicked Off photo 10/5/2007 10:18:55 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. New Mexico Junior College's Automotive Student Service Educational Training held a kick-off luncheon to inaugurate the start of a two-year program, which pilots students to become skilled automotive technicians.

This fall, 12 students began NMJC's ASSET Program, which is an alliance among Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers, and NMJC. The program allows technical and vocational students to get on-the-job training at a sponsoring Ford or Lincoln Mercury dealership while earning an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology.

According to Dr. Mary Jane Ward, Dean of Careers & Technology, these students will be on the same par as lawyers and doctors when finished with the program. She stated, "It's always a pleasure to see you as you're starting out. You will see that, at functions, someone will always slide up next to you and ask for advice."

Troy Kimmerle, Technical Support Operations Manager, Denver, Seattle, and Phoenix Regions, stated, "Within the automotive industry, there is a huge need for automotive technicians. At Ford, we're not building mechanics; we're building automotive technicians who are the absolute foundation of our company. It won't be long before your pay scale reaches the same earning opportunity as doctors do. You will have an extremely valued skill set. Each of you is very fortunate to be in a facility like NMJC's. I've seen programs from Alaska to New Mexico, and NMJC is clearly well equipped and has the best prepared site."

"Our Don Whitaker Automotive Training Center represents the best model of education that you can find anywhere in the world. You will be able to work anywhere. Four-year college students can struggle after graduation because they don't have a specific skill set, but you do," explained Dr. Steve McCleery, President of NMJC, to the students.

For more information on NMJC ASSET program, please call 575.492.2865.

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