In today’s blog post, I wanted to take a minute to highlight an incredible opportunity. Are you a student interested in pursuing a trade after high school, or someone that’s looking for a change in career path? Maybe you’re tired of sitting behind a desk and looking for something a bit more hands on. If that’s the case you should most definitely look into the Ford Asset Program.
So what exactly is the Ford Asset Program? This program lasts approximately two years and participants finish with an Associates degree in automotive service technology. But the difference between this program and those of other trade schools is the fact that this program is actually a joint effort between three entities, two of which are massive players in the automotive industry. The third varies by region, but the one we’re looking at today is put on by Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln dealers and finally Parkland College (Parkland is located in northwest Champaign). Each year over 700 graduates enter the work force at a Ford or Lincoln dealership according to Ford.
Overall this program is meant to upgrade competency and professionalism, and having this program set up by Ford Motor Company and it’s dealers allows it to be designed to teach up to date procedures and use to recommended tools, while also working with Ford Service publications. The content is meant to provide graduates to ability to advance throughout the ranks while gaining additional experience.
To give a few examples, this program offers courses that cover basic automotive electrical, engine performance, automotive transmissions even beginning gas and arc welding, and that’s only to name a few.
I’m sure you’re wondering about some of the other details though, such as cost. Overall it is incredibly reasonable, especially when it comes to normal university tuition. The two year Asset Programs costs $16,188.00, which includes books as well.
If you’re interested in the automotive industry and don’t want to be stuck behind a desk forever, I’d highly recommend this program.