It’s rare to say that a program in college has a 100 percent job placement rate after graduation. That is exactly what the Hennepin Technical College ASSET program can boast. ASSET standards for Automotive Student Service Educational Training, and it is a factory-backed Ford service technician training program. The school says that the program is highly focused on turning out Ford service technician workers that are ready to step right into Ford service departments.
The 100 percent job placement rate draws students from a wide area to attend the college and graduate the program. The college is located in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and instructor Brian Friede says that it has attracted students from as far away as Montana and Canada to participate in the program.
The program is fast-tempo with morning classes followed by afternoon labs where students get hands-on with the systems they have been studying. Between semesters the students work at dealerships gaining real-world experience. The goal of the college was to fuse book and practical knowledge.
Friede notes that the students train on the latest technology and use the newest equipment. Everything at the college the students will find at the dealership. They use the same diagnostic equipment in school as the dealer will use. The vehicles used in the program were given by Ford and are the latest technology.
Graduates earn popular certifications in the program will be fully checked out in every certification Ford expects of its techs. The college says that once the techs graduate with all their certifications and work for five years in the dealership, they are Senior Master Technicians. Friede says with the senior master cert the hard part isn’t finding a job; it’s deciding when can you start the job. Service techs are in such high demand that one school district in Texarkana has a training program.