Mid-East student Aaron Herald has recently begun his journey towards enrollment in Ford’s Automotive Student Service Education Training (ASSET) Program.
The ASSET Program is a partnership with Ford and Columbus State that allows participants to be trained at top schools within the Ford Technical Career Entry Program. Students in the program alternate between learning in the classroom and gaining hands-on experience at a Ford or Lincoln dealership over a two-year period. Upon completion student earn an Associate’s Degree in Automotive Technology and up to 100% of Ford’s Service Technician Specialty Training.
Herald, who is a senior from Meadowbrook High School and the Automotive Technology Program on Mid-East’s Buffalo Campus, is currently employed by Classic Ford in Cambridge through Mid-East’s Early Placement Program. This allows him to go to school at Mid-East half day and work at Classic Ford half day. Classic Ford will also serve as Herald’s sponsor once he begins the program.
Herald works side-by-side with other technicians at Classic Ford while gaining on-the-job training. Two of the technicians he works with are also Mid-East graduates. Derek Crum graduated in 2002 from the Auto Technology Program on the Buffalo Campus, and Dave Lichtner graduated in 1983 from the Auto Mechanics Program (which is no longer offered) on the Zanesville Campus. The two speak highly of Herald.
Crum stated that, “Aaron is a quick learner. He wants to work and is always looking for something to do. He’ll be successful in the field,” he said, “I was in his shoes once.”
Lichtner agreed saying, “Aaron is very helpful and has a good work ethic. He’s very polite with customers.” Lichtner continued saying it’s exciting to watch him learn and grow, “He’s the next generation.”
Dave Calendine, instructor of the Auto Technology Program at Mid-East, selected Herald to participate in the program. “This is the most effective, low-cost solution to becoming a Master Certified Technician. It’s just an all-around great program and Aaron will definitely excel in it.”
Herald, who will officially enroll in the program in 2018, is confident in his decision to begin the program. “Opportunities don’t roll around every day, and this was an opportunity. I knew I wanted to take advantage of that,” he said. “I love the program and couldn’t be happier with it!”
Herald is the son of Bill and Linda Herald of Senecaville. He has a brother, Ryan Herald, who graduated from Mid-East’s Criminal Justice Program in 2011.