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INDIANAPOLIS-AREA STUDENTS RECEIVE FORD PROGRAM DEGREES

 INDIANAPOLIS-AREA STUDENTS RECEIVE FORD PROGRAM DEGREES
 INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten students from the


Indianapolis area will receive degrees Tuesday (Aug. 4) in Ford Motor Company's Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program.
 "With the help of our 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 56 cities. We plan to have 59 ASSET programs by the end of 1992."
 The students, who attended classes at Indiana Vocational Technical College, represented 10 Ford dealerships.
 The students and their respective hometowns are Russel Orr, Anderson; Brian Herbertz, Beech Grove; William Akin, Noblesville; Marc Armstrong, Knox; William Johannigman, Osgood; Scott Sutton, Greenfield; and Kenneth Gossett, Michael Leary, Mike Lemon and Matthew Yonce, all of Indianapolis.
 During the two-year program, students alternate between the classroom and the dealerships every nine weeks, learning the latest developments in engines, ignition and fuel systems, turbo-charging, 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," he 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 (NYSE: F).
 "Our dealers win by landing highly proficient technicians trained in the latest Ford technology," he said, "and the students come out on top by learning the skills to help them excel in a lucrative and intellectually rewarding career.
 "The schools win since Ford 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 since it helps us live up to our mission of having the best satisfied customers in the world."
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 /CONTACT: Frank Sopata or Bill Carroll of Ford Motor Company, 313-322-1300/
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