In September 2019, we announced that Earnhardt Ford chose Mesa Community College to sponsor the Ford Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) program. The ACE program is a partnership program between Ford Motor Company, Ford and Lincoln dealerships and secondary and post-secondary educational institutions. The program, now available free of charge to MCC Automotive Technology students, raises awareness and increases interest in career opportunities within the automotive industry, specifically as a service technician.
Students attending a Ford ACE partnership school obtain valuable knowledge of Ford/Lincoln vehicle systems by completing web-based training via a learning management system.
“MCC students who complete the program will have inside knowledge of specific Ford automotive training,” said Stephen Skroch, MCC Automotive Service program director. “The additional training enhances our current curriculum and provides our program graduates an additional competitive edge when seeking employment.”
The courses are a subset of those taken by current Ford dealership technicians. By completing the trainings students are one step closer to a career in the automotive industry, beginning as an entry level automotive service technician at a Ford/Lincoln dealership. There are more than 3,200 Ford dealerships in the U.S., resulting in many opportunities for employment across the country.
Course topics include the Ford Motor Company, Dealership Operations, New Model Training, Electrical Systems and Steering and Suspension.
The MCC Automotive Service Program offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees. Students learn how to diagnose, service, test, and repair complex, computer-controlled automotive electrical systems. Graduates of the program acquire essential entry-level skills to pass national ASE Certification Tests.
Additional information about the MCC Program is available online at mesacc.edu/search/google/automotive.