David Patience - Ford ASSET Coordinator/Instructor, 816.604.2064
The Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training) program is designed for students who are interested in beginning their career path at a Ford or Lincoln dealership. The ASSET program leads to a two year A.A.S. degree using curriculum designed by Ford and Metropolitan Community College. It involves attending classroom lecture and laboratory working on Ford products at MCC, and also cooperative work experience at a Ford or Lincoln dealership. Students earn while they learn, which can help cover part of the program cost.
Benefits of the Ford ASSET Option
- Advanced and specialized training on latest Ford equipment and service procedures.
- Paid cooperative work experience with a Ford or Lincoln dealership.
- Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology with options to transfer to a four-year college.
- Students get the preparation to become ASE certified and have the opportunity to earn up to 95% of Ford's Service Technician Specialty Training (STST) credentials. Our ASSET graduates tend to perform extremely well on certification exams!
To be eligible for the ASSET program, the applicant must:
- be 18 years of age or older by the time of first dealer work assignment,
- be able to meet MCC general admission and academic requirements,
- be sponsored by a Ford or Lincoln dealership and
- hold a valid driver's license.
- ASSET is full-time two-year program. Students rotate between the MCC-Longview campus and their sponsoring dealerships in 8-week cycles.
- Students must be full-time and remain continuously enrolled and employed with the dealership.
How is a position in a sponsoring dealership obtained?
Many Ford and Lincoln dealerships are looking for ASSET candidates and MCC will coordinate
the placement of students accepted to the program. Students will need to complete
the dealership interview and hiring process.
The dealer agrees to 1) employ an ASSET student in a rotating cooperative work-study experience, 2) supplement the most recent classroom instruction with appropriate work assignments, 3) provide the ASSET student-employee with work uniforms consistent with other employees and 4) appoint a person to coordinate the dealership-classroom experiences.
How Much and Who Pays?
Tuition, fees, books and personal tools are the responsibility of the individual student. Total cost of the two-year program is approximately $13,000. This includes books, but not personal tools (which must be approved by the MCC ASSET Coordinator) and cost approximately $1500-$2000. Discounts for tools will be available through college and dealership contacts. Regular college financial assistance is available for qualified students through the MCC Financial Aid Office.
- Complete an online MCC Admissions Application.
- Talk to the ASSET program coordinator about your interest. If you are admitted in a semester that an ASSET group is not beginning, you can still choose to take non-automotive coursework that counts toward the degree. See an MCC advisor for assistance in selecting appropriate classes to fit your plans.
- Take the Bennett Mechanical Aptitude test (available only from the LV Testing Center office).
- Interview with the Coordinator of the ASSET Program to evaluate Bennett scores and get a review of your Ford application.
- Interviews with a sponsoring Ford dealership.