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PITTSBURGH-AREA STUDENTS RECEIVE FORD PROGRAM DEGREES

 PITTSBURGH-AREA STUDENTS RECEIVE FORD PROGRAM DEGREES
 PITTSBURGH, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Fourteen young students from the


Pittsburgh area will receive degrees in Ford Motor Company's Automotive Student Services 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 ASSET classes at the Community College of Allegheny County, represented three states and 13 Ford dealerships.
 From Pennsylvania are Paul Balog, Oakmont; Daniel Davis, Stoneboro; David DeAngelis, Bridgeville; John Grimes, Allison Park; Michael Powers, Avella; and Tom Carroll, Herbert Couch, Todd Galloway, Robert Hemcher, William Nock, Mark Pesanka and Glenn Weis, all from Pittsburgh.
 Other graduates are Allen Hoffer, Wheeling, W.Va., and Victor Smith, Youngstown, Ohio.
 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," 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 (NYSE: F).
 "Our dealers win by landing highly proficient technicians trained in the latest Ford technology," Wagner 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 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 since it helps us live up to our mission of having the best satisfied customers in the world."
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