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FORD STUDENTS GRADUATE AS 'ASSETS' TO THE INDUSTRY

 FORD STUDENTS GRADUATE AS 'ASSETS' TO THE INDUSTRY
 INDIANAPOLIS, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Eleven students from the


Indianapolis area will receive degrees in Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F) Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program.
 "With the help of our Detroit-area graduates, the Ford ASSET program has been a huge success," said Tom Wagner, Ford vice president and general manager of Ford Parts and Service Division. "Since 1985, we have expanded the program to include 51 cities. We plan to have 54 ASSET programs by the end of 1992.
 The Indianapolis-area graduates who will receive their ASSET degrees at a ceremony at the Indiana Vocational Technical College on May 5 are: Anderson Benjamin of Indianapolis, Scantel Marsden of Indianapolis, Charles Castor of Indianapolis, Dirk Clark of Indianapolis, Michael Euser of Indianapolis, Daniel Fritz of Kokomo, Joanne Rich of Kokomo, John Hosler of Indianapolis, Robert Kloeker Jr. of Indianapolis, Jeffrey Norcross of Beachgrove, and Sean Tiffany of North Salem.
 During the two-year ASSET program, students alternate between the classroom and Ford dealerships every nine weeks, learning the latest developments in engines, ignition and fuel systems, turbocharging, and diesel and computer controls.
 In addition, they take courses in subjects ranging from mathematics and physics to computer studies and critical thinking.
 Wagner called the ASSET program an effective response to the need for highly skilled service technicians to diagnose and repair today's highly sophisticated vehicles.
 "The past decade has brought about unprecedented change to Ford Motor Company and its products," Wagner said. "The important thing is to know how to manage this change and this complexity, not only in the design and building of these products but also in providing the customer expert service throughout the life of the vehicle. That's where the ASSET program comes in."
 Wagner also called the program a "win-win" situation for dealers, students, schools, customers and Ford Motor Company.
 "Our dealers win by landing highly proficient technicians trained in the latest Ford technology," Wagner said. "The students come out on top by learning the skills to help them excel in a lucrative and intellectually rewarding career.
 "The schools win because Ford Motor Company provides training for their instructors and training materials that can be used in other automotive technology programs.
 "Customers win, too, by having their cars fixed right the first time. And that, of course, makes all of us at Ford happy because it helps us live up to our mission of having the best satisfied customers in the world."
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