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Hennepin Technical College Earns Top Ranking in U.S. for Ford Auto Technician Program

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Brooklyn Park, November 19, 2019 – A program that trains auto technicians at Hennepin Technical College (HTC) ranks first in the nation for student enrollment, based on a review from Ford Motor Company.

“The top ranking demonstrates that our instructors are providing exceptional training that attracts students to the college from throughout the Upper Midwest,” said Alison Leintz, dean of career and technical education, HTC.

During the evaluation of HTC’s Ford training program, Ford representatives examined data on student enrollment and class capacity. HTC’s program consistently maintains enrollment at or near capacity.

Nationwide, there are 38 training programs known as Ford ASSET (Student Service Educational Training). It is a factory-sponsored program for students who will work at Ford or Lincoln dealership repair centers as technicians. In six semesters, students earn an associate degree and paid industry experience at a dealership.

In addition, Ford reviews feedback from service managers at auto dealerships to determine if graduates are successful on-the-job. HTC’s Ford ASSET program has a 100% job placement rate.

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About Hennepin Technical College
Founded in 1972, Hennepin Technical College (HTC) is the largest stand-alone technical college in Minnesota. With campuses in Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie, the college has a diverse student population of more than 18,000 and offers degree and non-degree coursework in over 45 programs. Achieving a 99% job placement rate, HTC prepares students for in-demand and high-paying employment opportunities. HTC is a member of Minnesota State, which includes 30 colleges and seven state universities. For more information, visit

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