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The GM ASEP training program combines state of the art automotive service, appropriate academic coursework and real world internship experiences to give students the best possible preparation for a career as an automotive technician. The program incorporates advanced automotive technical training with a strong foundation in electronics. As a student in GM ASEP, you alternate between the classroom and hands-on work experience at a sponsoring GM dealership or AC Delco Professional Service Center. This unbeatable combination of school and work reinforces the technical knowledge gained while at DCTC. Upon graduation, you will earn an Associate's Degree in Automotive Technology, resulting in a solid education combined with invaluable paid work experience that will offset many of the costs of College.
ACCUPLACER Test: Applicants to this program must take the ACCUPLACER Test unless they have a prior two- or four-year degree. Applicants that do not achieve the minimum scoring requirements may need to take additional prep courses before being accepted into the program.
Applicants to this program must also take a written Mechanical Reasoning Test to be eligible for acceptance. Applicants who achieve qualifying scores on the ACCUPLACER and Mechanical Reasoning Tests will then be given a Sponsor Form by the ASEP faculty. The GM dealer and A/C Delco shops who has agreed to sponsor the student must complete this form. After the form is completed it should be returned to the ASEP faculty.
|GM Auto Service Educational Program
A.A.S. Degree – 82 credits
That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.
Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.
Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402
Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.
Just because the GM ASEP program is GM-based, doesn't mean you can't work on other cars. They teach you about all cars and you get involved in troubleshooting on brake systems, transmissions, electrical, everything. It's a really good, thorough program.
An advantage to hiring a GM ASEP graduate from DCTC is that I get a technician that comes into my shop, ready to work. There's very minimal training involved. They come in with several hours of GM training, so they're ready to go. That's a cost savings to me in the long run.
ASEP graduates work as service technicians in General Motors dealerships, including Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC or an AC Delco Professional Service Center.
According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for automotive service technicians is expected to grow 17.3 percent in the U.S. and 12.4 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020. CAREERwise: "Most jobs for mechanics are at repair shops and auto dealerships. The number of jobs at these locations will continue to grow."
Earning potential for automotive service technicians is based on experience and skill level. CAREERwise notes that "many master mechanics earn between $70,000 and $100,000 a year."
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:
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|Minnesota State University Moorhead||BS||Operations Management||View|
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Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.
GM ASEP at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success as well as the accomplishments of our GM ASEP instructors.
As a student in GM ASEP at DCTC, you have ample opportunities to make connections in the automotive industry through your involvement in professional and student organizations.
SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.
In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.