The Ford ASSET (Automotive Student Service Educational Training)
program is the product of a partnership between Ford Motor Company,
Ford and Lincoln Mercury dealers and local participating community
colleges - - in this case, Guilford Tech. The ASSET program allows
GTCC students to get on-the-job training at a sponsoring Ford or
Lincoln Mercury dealership while earning an Associates Degree in
Automotive Technology. During this co-op phase of training, which
takes place for eight weeks out of every sixteen-week semester, the
student works full-time in the dealership - - while earning both
college credit and pay for their work.
One of the benefits of this partnership is the availability of
new and nearly new Ford and Lincoln Mercury vehicles for hands-on
training. Additionally, Ford Motor Company provides the college
with components, tech data, computer-based training products, and
Ford special tooling - - all to ensure that the ASSET students get
the best possible training to prepare them for a career as a Ford
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How long does it take to
complete this program?
This program takes four semesters and two summer terms to complete
- two full years. The coursework is taught in split semesters, 8
weeks at school and 8 weeks at Ford and Lincoln Mercury
When can I begin the ASSET
Students must start when the fall term begins in mid-August of
each year. Students with no automotive background might consider
taking general automotive courses offered any semester. Students
who have some automotive experience could take appropriate academic
courses any semester. Contact the Automotive Department Janet Bost (Ext 50054) for aid in
determining the appropriate starting point.
What does it cost to attend
The total costs for the student is approximately $4700-$6000. This
breaks down as follows: All prices approximate.
Tuition $3,169.00 (6 terms @
*Tools $750.00 (Craftsman)
*Snap On Tools are $2100.00
Is financial aid
Yes, the Automotive Technology program does qualify for financial
assistance. However, the money that a particular student receives
depends on their own, and/or their family's resources. Students
wishing to learn more should contact the GTCC Financial Aid Office
(336) 334-4822 (ext. 50521). In 1998, new legislation took effect
(the "Hope Scholarship") which enables eligible students to claim
tuition and allowable fee charges as a tax "credit" on their
federal tax returns - the limits on this tax credit are high enough
to cover all tuition and all allowable fees for the two year
curriculum. Additionally, eligible veterans may use the GI Bill to
offset expenses, as long as they meet all other requirements of the
VA. For more information, contact the Office of Veterans.
Can I complete the program
through evening courses?
At the present time a Ford Certificate program is offered. Ford
MLR, Maintenance And Light Repair night classes meet from 6:00 p.m.
- 9:00 p.m., Monday and Tuesday evenings. There are 4 courses
required for a MLR Certificate and they are offered in 4
What is the job market/salary
range available for graduates from the Ford ASSET
Nationwide, there is a shortage of qualified mechanics, and that
shortage is predicted to last for most of this next decade.
Employers are Ford And Lincoln Mercury dealerships. Graduates have
been offered employment at dealerships in the mountains and at
dealerships in the Piedmont and at the beach. All program graduates
are offered jobs. Starting wages range from $15,000-$35,000
Who should I contact at GTCC if I need more
Try the Transportation Complex first (336) 334 4822 and ask
Faircloth (Ext 50184) or Janet Bost (Ext 50054). You are
welcome to come visit the Jamestown Campus and see first-hand what
we have to offer, but you should make an appointment, because of
class schedules. You may also call Jesse Cross the
GTCC Director of Admissions (336) 334-4822 ext.
50125. Jesse is familiar with all the requirements for
entering the Automotive, Auto Body and Heavy Equipment programs.
You can also learn more by visiting links to these areas of the
college website: catalog, student services, and schedules. First
time students will also find the New Student Orientation
Is housing available on
Apartments and rooms are available in and near Jamestown, NC. Many
students at GTCC share apartments.
Where is the GTCC Transportation Complex
The address is 601 High Point Road, Jamestown, NC 27282.
The buildings are located on the eastern side of the Jamestown
For more information on the ASSET program, visit www.fordasset.com/course-desc.html.
For more info on the ASSET program at GTCC, contact Janet Bost .