Ford Asset Program

Thank you for your interest in the Ford ASSET program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC).

The Ford ASSET program is designed to upgrade the technical competency and professional level of incoming dealership technicians. Students accepted to the program complete four alternating terms of Automotive Dealership Experience working at a Ford or Lincoln dealership learning from Ford certified instructors. Students are paired with an experienced technician who is available to check all jobs completed by the student. Students not only earn college credit toward the Automotive Technology Associate of Applied Science/Ford ASSET degree, but are also paid for this on-the-job experience.

CAREER OUTLOOK: The need for highly trained technicians due to the growing complexity of the automobile creates an excellent opportunity for a secure career.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The program prepares students for a variety of positions in the automotive field including Automotive Technician, Shop Foreman, Service Manager, Parts and Service Director.

NATIONAL CERTIFICATION: All instructors are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). All MHCC automotive programs are certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

Program Outline

  • The program begins fall term on odd numbered years and summer term on even numbered years.
  • The program length is two years (8 terms).
  • Classes are typically 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Number of students enrolled each year: 24
  • Current program curriculum can be viewed at Ford ASSET.
  • Students earn an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Automotive Technology from MHCC.
  • Students earn Ford Motor Company STST factory training credentials throughout the program.
  • Students accepted to the Ford ASSET program earn college credits for the Automotive Dealership Experience-Ford ASSET during alternate terms of the two-year training program and are paid for the experience.
  • Transfer considerations to four-year institutions: Several institutions will accept transfer students. Please talk to a faculty adviser if you are interested in transferring to a four-year institution.