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SYRACUSE-AREA STUDENTS RECEIVE FORD PROGRAM DEGREES

 SYRACUSE-AREA STUDENTS RECEIVE FORD PROGRAM DEGREES
 SYRACUSE, N.Y., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirteen students from the


Syracuse area received degrees 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 Onondaga Community College, represented 11 area Ford dealerships.
 The students and their respective hometowns are Robert Carpenter, Rome; Graham Combs, Manlius; James Galpin, North Syracuse; Mark Haake, Liverpool; Thuy Manh Pham, Liverpool; Richard Holdridge, Hastings; Gabriel O'Laughlin, Syracuse; Ryan Parker, Syracuse; Aaron Smith, Syracuse; Jeffrey Reyes, Clay; John Schreiner, Clay; Christopher Siriano, Solvay, and Edward Sullivan, Phoenix.
 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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 /CONTACT: Frank Sopata of Ford Motor Company, 313-322-1300/
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