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Individual Mechanical Program of Repair Technicians (IMPORT) - How to Get Started

The Chrysler Mopar College Automotive Program (MCAP), Individualized Mechanical Program Of Repair Technicians (IMPORT) and Subaru-University (Subaru-U) Automotive Technology programs are limited-entry programs. This means you must meet certain criteria before you can apply. These programs admit 24 students fall term on even-numbered years and odd-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!

Chrysler MCAP, IMPORT and Subaru-U Automotive Technology Program Application Information

We are excited about your interest in our Chrysler MCAP, IMPORT and Subaru-U Automotive Technology program at Mt. Hood Community College. Below are the requirements to fulfill to be considered an applicant for these programs.

To apply for fall term 2024 admission, you must meet the requirements below by the deadline date of Sept. 16, 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 by Jan. 6, 2025.
  • Driver's License: You must have a valid driver's license by Sept. 16, 2024.
  • Driving Record: You are required to have a safe driving record.
  • 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
    • OPTION 2 – Course Completion
      • Reading: Completion of RD090/IECC201R/WR091/WR115 or higher level of reading or writing-specific course
      • Writing: Completion of WR090/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 or independent repair shops to arrange interviews until a suitable sponsorship site has been found. The automotive dealership 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 Chrysler MCAP, IMPORT and Subaru-U program works in partnership with industry dealerships. As such, dealerships have the option of pre-approving sponsorship of applicants. These students have priority for admission which reduces the number of positions available to other applicants per year.

If you are currently working at a dealership, see the service manager or director for sponsorship of the program. 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. Exceptions will be granted in the following cases:

  • Sponsored applicant lacks a license but will have license by Sept. 16, 2024.
  • Sponsored applicant does not meet one of the placement scores/coursework but has evidence of sufficient skill required to pass MHCC's auto courses.
  • Sponsored applicant is not 18 by the first co-op.

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

  • Students 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.
  • Applicants using the Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) 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.
  • Learn more, visit MHCC’s course placement section.

Official Transcripts

  • Transcripts showing completed coursework that meets the academic requirements must be issued directly by the institution from which the course(s) were taken. 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:

    Hood Community College – CISU 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 (International Baccalaureate) Transcripts/Scores and Foreign/Non-US Based Educational Transcript are required only if using for meeting the admission requirement.
  • MHCC transcript: Not required, already on file.

Submit your application from Sept. 6, 2023, through Sept. 16, 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.

Fall Term 2024 Application Timeline

  • Sept. 6, 2023: You may submit your application
  • Sept. 16, 2024: Application deadline
  • Sept. 23, 2024: Fall term classes begin

Acceptance to the Program

After you have submitted your application for the IMPORT 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 and maintain that sponsorship throughout the two-year program. If you lose your dealership sponsorship, you must work with program instructors/coordinator to locate and apply for new sponsorship; if you are unable to secure a sponsoring dealership, you will be dropped from the program. Please note, some dealers require pre-employment drug testing.

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.

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 Chrysler MCAP, IMPORT or Subaru-U program.
  2. Register for first term courses by the date specified in the acceptance email.
If you are not accepted into the program but meet the admissions criteria, you may apply for the summer start program that begins summer 2025.

Please note: Students may be accepted at the discretion of the program faculty and department dean after the application close date. Faculty permission into a class or classes does not guarantee admission into the program.

Additional Program Information

These costs are estimates and are subject to change without notice. They are listed only as a guide for your financial planning. Tuition, college service fee and access fee are effective as of fall term 2021. Learn more about tuition and fees

Note: Students are responsible for expenses related to the automotive dealership experience such as travel, room, and board.

  • Automotive Program Course Tuition and Fees: $12,950.75
  • Auto Program Course Fees: $630
  • Textbooks and Lab Manuals: $250
  • Total Auto Program Course Cost: $13,449.25
  • Gen Ed Courses Tuition and Fees*: $2,443.75
  • Gen Ed Course Fees: $31
  • Gen Ed Textbooks, Lab Manuals and Calculator*: $103.65
  • Gen Ed Total: $2,496.92
TOTAL: $16,409.15

*Costs vary depending on course and section chosen.

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Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) reserves the right to modify the criteria and the process for selection.

Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the Chrysler MCAP, IMPORT and Subaru-U Automotive Technology 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. Scholarships are also available.

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 Services Center, located in 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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