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Ford ASSET - How to Get Started

The Ford Automotive Student Service Education Training (ASSET) program is a limited-entry program. This means you must meet certain criteria before you can apply. The program admits 24 students every fall term in odd-numbered years and even-numbered years in the summer term. Students of all races, ethnicities, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, nationalities, physical abilities, and cognitive differences are Welcome, добро пожаловать! Bienvenido! ยินดีต้อนรับ!

Ford ASSET Program Application Information

We are excited about your interest in our Ford ASSET program at Mt. Hood Community College. Below are the requirements to fulfill to be considered an applicant for the program.

To apply for summer term 2024 admission, you must meet the requirements below by the deadline date of June 14, 2024. Program admission is a process that consists of meeting prerequisite course levels, completing the application, securing a dealership sponsor and finally accepting the position and registering for first term courses.

Before submitting your application, please make sure you have or will meet the following requirements.

  • Age Requirement: You must be at least 18 years of age by fall term 2024 (September 23, 2024).
  • Driver’s License: You are required to have a valid driver’s license by June 1, 2024.
  • Driving Record: You must have a safe driving record for Ford Motor Company Dealerships’ insurance coverage.
  • Academic Requirements: You need to meet reading, writing, and math prerequisite requirements by either placement scores or course completion as listed below. Courses must be completed with a "C" grade or higher.
    • OPTION 1 – Placement Scores
      • Reading: Placement score into RD115
      • Writing: Placement score into WR115/WR101
      • Math: Placement score into MTH060/MTH058
    • OPTION 2 – Course Completion
      • Reading: Completion of RD090/IECC201R/WR091/WR115 or higher level of reading or writing-specific course
      • Writing: Completion of WR090/WR091/IECC201W or a higher level of writing-specific course
      • Math: Completion of MTH020 or a higher-level math-specific course

Additional Admissions Requirements

With the guidance of the program advisor, students are expected to contact dealerships to arrange interviews until a suitable sponsorship site has been found. This experience provides students with paid hands-on learning internships in the second, fourth, sixth and eighth terms. The average time for a student to secure a dealership sponsorship is from one to three months.

The Ford ASSET program partners with Ford industry dealerships. If you are currently working at a Ford dealership, see the service manager or director for sponsorship of the program. Pre-approved candidates receive priority. If they are not familiar with the program, have them contact the program faculty for information. Applicants with priority consideration (pre-approved sponsorship) must meet the same admissions criteria as the other applicants. In the event a priority applicant does not meet the minimum academic prerequisites, they may be admitted on a "conditional" basis. Academic prerequisites must be demonstrated within three terms of "conditional acceptance" to remain in the program.

  • Although students are not required to provide a social security number for general admission to MHCC (Mt. Hood Community College), the dealerships must have an employee's social security number to report wage and tax information on the W-2 form.
  • Some dealerships require pre-employment drug testing and background checks.

Please direct questions regarding dealer sponsorships to the program faculty:

How to Apply

Now that you know the requirements let’s get started on the application process. Below are step by step instructions on how to get your applications submitted successfully!

Application Process

Apply for general admission to MHCC if you are new to MHCC or have not attended in the last four terms. Select General Studies as your major. Please note it could take one to two business days to receive your MHCC ID number.

Course Placement

  • You can use CPT (College Placement Test), Smarter Balanced, high school GPA, or GED® scores to meet the academic requirements. Self-placement is not accepted for meeting the program requirement.
  • You are encouraged to practice for the test and review English and math concepts by using Accuplacer’s free study app. CPT scores are valid for five years.
  • For more information, see Course Placement.

Official Transcripts

  • Official transcripts showing completed coursework that meets the academic requirements must be issued directly by the institution from where the course(s) were completed. Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Official electronic transcripts submitted via secure electronic delivery service may be submitted to [email protected]. E-transcripts cannot be sent from the student to MHCC as they are not considered official. If submitting transcripts by mail, send to:

    Mt. Hood Community College – Ford ASSET Application
    Admissions, Registration and Records
    26000 SE Stark St.
    Gresham OR 97030

  • Regionally Accredited Institutions: Required for prerequisite courses.
  • Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions: Not required.
  • AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP, DSST or IB Transcripts/Scores, and Foreign/Non-US based Educational Transcripts are required only if using for meeting the admission requirement.
  • MHCC transcript: Not required, already on file.

Submit your application from Nov. 17, 2023, through June 15, 2024. If applicable, please be sure to have your documents ready for uploading and transcript(s) available for entering your prerequisite courses. You must have all your documents ready. Once started, your application cannot be saved.

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As your application gets reviewed, the status will be updated in the MyMHCC portal.

Summer Term 2024 Application Timeline

  • Nov. 17, 2023: You may submit your application
  • June 15, 2024: Application deadline
  • June 24, 2024: Summer term classes begin

Acceptance to the Program

After you have submitted your application for the Ford ASSET program at MHCC, here’s what the selection process entails!

If you successfully complete the application process, you will be notified by email that your application is complete. Your next step will be to obtain a dealership sponsor with guidance from the program faculty. You must secure an interview and be hired by a dealership to be accepted into the Ford ASSET program at MHCC. You may obtain a list of potential sponsoring dealership repair facilities by the Ford ASSET program coordinator based on dealership employment criteria, driving distance, student product preferences and other placement criteria.

You must maintain your sponsorship throughout the two-year program. If you lose dealership sponsorship, you must work with program instructors/coordinator to locate and apply for new sponsorship. If you are unable to secure another sponsorship, you will be dropped from the program.

Once applicants have met all program criteria, including dealership sponsorship, they are admitted on a first completed, first accepted basis until the program is full. Once the program is full, applicants will be placed on a waitlist. Please note, students may be accepted at the discretion of the program faculty after the application closes. 

If you are offered a seat in the program, you must:

  1. Reply to the email from [email protected] to confirm acceptance of position in the Ford ASSET program. Failure to respond will result in the seat going to the next qualified applicant.
  2. Register for first term courses by the date specified in their acceptance email.

If you are not accepted into the program but meet admissions criteria, you may apply for fall term 2025 admission, when it starts again.  

Additional Program Information

These costs are approximations and are listed only as a guide for your financial planning. Tuition is current as of fall term 2023 and subject to change without notice. You are advised to have a financial plan in place. See current tuition rate. 

  • Ford Auto Program Course Cost
    • Auto Program Course Tuition: $13,260
    • Auto Program Course Fees: $910
    • Textbook and Lab Manuals: $283
    • Total Auto Program Course Cost: $14,453
  • General Education Course Cost
    • General Education Course Tuition: $2,156
    • General Education Course Fees*: $31
    • General Education Textbook, Lab Manuals and Calculator: $104
  • General Education Course Cost Total: $2,191

    TOTAL: $16,744

Students may contact the instructor for a complete list of required and suggested tools which includes MHCC Automotive Technology 50% student discount and vendor information.

Automotive dealership experience occurs in the second quarter, fourth quarter, sixth quarter and eighth quarter. You are responsible for expenses related to the Automotive Dealership Experience such as travel, room, and board.

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MHCC reserves the right to modify the criteria and the process for selection.

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Ford ASSET program. Admission of all students to the program is centralized in the admissions, registration and records office. This office has the final authority on what constitutes equivalency for all admission criteria and the sole authority to inform students of their admission status.

If you have questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, please email [email protected].

Financial Aid: Applicants may qualify for financial aid and are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) available online. This application includes grants, loans and work study. Information about financial aid, including instructions for completing the FAFSA®, is posted on the MHCC Financial Aid web page. Scholarships are also available. Visit the scholarship web page for more information.

To avoid missing financial aid deadlines and opportunities, it is recommended that the FAFSA be completed on October 1 for the following academic year or at the time of program applications. Financial aid inquiries may be directed to [email protected].

Veteran Services: If you are a veteran, member of the Reserves or National Guard and plan to take classes, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans' Affairs or Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs. Benefits may also be available to eligible spouses and/or children of veterans. The Veteran's Services Center is located in Room AC1152 on the main level of the Gresham Campus, provides a one-stop, centrally located area for students applying for or who have questions regarding their veteran benefits.

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