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LRCC GMASEP Student, Neal Foster, Wins Gold at Skills USA Competition!

Skills USA WinnerCongratulations to Neal Foster (LRCC GM ASEP student) who took first place at the national Skills USA competition.  Neal is featured with professor, Jamie Decato, who accompanied LRCC’s team to nationals.

Neal shared the following about his experience at Skills USA and his time at LRCC:
Contestants demonstrate their ability to perform jobs and skills based on the task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Workstations consist of on-vehicle, simulations, bench and component testing and a written test. Contestants will be judged on technical competency, accuracy, quality, safety, and ability to follow directions.  There are thirteen skill stations including the written test."

"I competed against 43 students from across the nation who were their individual state champions, in a variety of stations and on multiple manufacturers' vehicles, including GM, Ford, Chrysler, and Toyota.  I'm very lucky to have the instructors I had at LRCC, Mr. Parker and Mr. Decato are both GM World Class Certified Technicians, as well as Mr. Perkins who is ASE Master Certified.  They were able to answer any questions I had (and there were plenty!) over the two years at LRCC. I really owe a lot of my success to them due to all of their help over my time there." 

NATEF World Class Technicians

ASEP fulfills two very important goals in providing the best possible education for GM Technicians. First, it combines state of the art technical training with appropriate academic course work and dealership experience. Secondly, it fills an industry need for well-educated and motivated technicians capable of continued growth in a technologically dynamic field. Graduates who successfully complete the 21-month cooperative education Automotive Service Education Program will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology and GM STC credits toward certification in all areas. Here’s how ASEP works. We are a cooperative program between Lakes Region Community College, GM Dealers, and General Motors Company.

Once you’ve enrolled in the program and secured a sponsoring dealer, you’ll divide your time between the classroom and dealership work experience. All tuition, fees, textbooks, tools, housing and travel expenses are the responsibility of the student. However, since you will be paid for your work at your dealership, much of these costs will be offset. Sound interesting? Read the following pages for more details about ASEP. Then give us a call. Learn how you can get the best start possible towards a rewarding career as a GM Technician.

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