Earnhardt Ford Automotive Career Exploration program now at MCC

Taylor Schadick using Ford ACE program. MESA, Arizona -- September 23, 2019 -- 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.”Steve Skroch shows Taylor Schadick Ford ACE program.

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.

Taylor Schadick accesses Ford ACE program. 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.

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Media contact: Dawn Zimmer, MCC, dawn.zimmer@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7892

Earnhardt Ford has nearly 1,500 employees at Earnhardt Auto Centers. Since 1951, the Earnhardt family has been selling cars and trucks to people across the southwest United States and will continue to do so for many years to come. Although times have changed, what has never changed is the Earnhardt commitment to world class service, famous low prices and the best selection of America's most popular vehicles. Earnhardt's -- it's a name you can trust and that ain't no bull. Learn more at earnhardtford.com.

Mesa Community College is nationally recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College and is known for service learning, career and technical programs, civic engagement and innovative approaches to education. The college serves as a resource for career readiness, transfer education, workforce development and lifelong learning. Host to more than 30,000 students annually, MCC offers degree and certificate programs online, at its two campuses, the Mesa Downtown Center and additional locations. Through the implementation of Guided Pathways with Integrated Support Services, MCC is transforming ways it champions student success; college completion, university transfer and career attainment for all students. MCC is a Hispanic Serving Institution. The diverse student body includes more than 400 international students representing over 60 countries. Award-winning faculty are dedicated to student success, providing the education and training to empower MCC students to compete locally and globally. Located in the East Valley of Phoenix, Arizona, MCC is one of the 10 colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. Learn more at mesacc.edu.

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Monday, September 23, 2019