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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I get accepted into the Ford ASSET program?
  2. How long is the program?
  3. When are the classes offered?
  4. What books do students have to buy?
  5. Will I need tools?
  6. How will a graduate benefit from ASSET?
  7. Can I receive credit for Automotive Classes I took in High School?
  8. How much will I make during the paid work experience?
  9. How is my progress reported to the dealership?
  10. Can I continue my education after receiving an Associate's Degree?
     

Automotive Technology at Columbus StateHow do I get accepted into the Ford ASSET program?

The Ford ASSET program consists of 2 parts: (See Plan of Study)

 

  1. Maintenance and Light Repair – Open to any student accepted by CSCC
  2. Ford Specific Technology - the student must meet the following requirements:
Completion of all of the Maintenance and Light Repair technical courses with a “C” or better (See Plan of Study). Keep in mind that dealers usually hire “A” and “B” students. Technical GPA of at least 2.5.

Completion of 5 out of the 10 required academic courses for the Associate’s Degree with a “C” or better.

Excellent attendance in previous technical classes.

Recommendations from the instructors of Maintenance and Light Repair courses.

Be sponsored by a Ford or Lincoln dealer. 

How long is the program?

 The program is a full two years (eight quarters). A student may elect to attend part-time during the Maintenance and Light Repair section, but that will result in a longer timeframe.

Automotive Technology at Columbus StateWhen are the classes offered?

The Maintenance and Light Repair classes are offered during the morning, afternoon or evening depending on the current quarter schedule.  Ford Specific classes are generally offered from 8:00am to 1:00pm, Monday through Friday during the "On-Campus" quarters. See Plan of Study.

What books do students have to buy?

Students need to buy those books required for all non-technical courses and the “AUTO” classes in the Maintenance and Light Repair section.  Books for Ford classes are provided for the cost of printing (included in lab fees).

Will I need tools?

 Columbus State provides all tools and equipment for on-campus training.  You will need tools in the dealership during the co-op quarters.  Many of the tool companies have substantial discounts for students through Columbus State.  See Dave Hill-Lab Tech, for details.  Required tool list.

How will a graduate benefit from ASSET?

The graduate:

  1. Has a full-time job as a technician at the sponsoring dealer
  2. Has great earning potential and career opportunities for future growth
  3. Has earned an Associate’s degree (Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology)
  4. Has had the opportunity to earn ASE Certifications and Ford STST Certifications

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Can I receive credit for Automotive Classes I took in High School?

Columbus State has an Articulation Agreement with every NATEF-Certified high school automotive program in the State of Ohio.  

How much will I make during the paid work experience?

See Recommended Pay in the Paid Work Experience section. 

How is my progress reported to the dealership?

Communication between all parties is very important.  The instructor will issue progress reports to the student and dealership management after each on-campus quarter.  Raises are usually based on this report. (See Recommended Pay During Co-op)  The student is required to sign a “College Release Authorization” form that permits the instructor to share this information with dealership personnel.

Can I continue my education after receiving an Associate’s Degree?

Yes.  CSCC has agreements with Franklin University and Ohio University.
See Transfer Option.

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