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How Ford ASSET Works

Auto-picFord ASSET is an Associate Degree program divided into 2 parts.  The FORD Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR) program is completed first.  Then, Ford specific instruction begins with 8 weeks of classroom/lab instruction alternated with 8 weeks of paid co-op work experience at a sponsoring Ford or Lincoln dealership. There are a total of four 8-week co-op sessions.

Your responsibilities

Automotive Technology at Columbus StateTo participate in the 2nd part of the  ASSET program, you will need to:

  • Complete the steps listed in How Do I Qualify for ASSET?
  • Be sponsored by a Ford or Lincoln dealership (You are ultimately responsible for obtaining the sponsorship, but we will assist you in any way that we can. This is not a financial sponsorship).
  • Cover program costs, including tuition, fees, books, and tools
  • Have a valid driver’s license with less than 6 points.
  • Have the ambition to succeed in a challenging profession. 


You and the Dealer

Automotive Technology at Columbus StateSponsoring Ford and Lincoln dealers play a vital role in ASSET. Each dealer:

  • Interviews and selects prospective students for employment.
  • Provides the work experience that reinforces classroom instruction.
  • Pays you for working at the dealership.


Ford Motor Company's Role

Ford is the driving force behind the ASSET program. The company:

  • Is involved in ASSET instructor selection.
  • Provides ASSET instructors with advanced technical training.
  • Supplies Columbus State with training vehicles, components and training materials.