• Ford ASSET Admission Process

  • The application for Ford ASSET Summer 2022 is currently closed. The material below is an informational guide to help you prepare to apply for Summer 2022. Please be aware that program requirements may change from year to year.

    The Automotive Technology – Ford ASSET program is a limited entry program.

    Prior to applying, it is very important that you read through the Program Details, Curriculum Information and Enrollment Guidelines for Limited & Restricted Entry Programs. 

    Admissions criteria are subject to change from year to year. The previous year's application information is posted only as a resource. Prerequisite requirements are reviewed annually for each new application year. It is the applicant’s responsibility to be informed and adhere to all requirements, procedures and deadlines as they may change from year to year. New applicants as well as applicants from previous years must complete the entire application process.

    Mt. Hood Community College reserves the right to modify the criteria and the process for selection.

    Accommodations - People requiring accommodations due to disability should contact Accessible Education Services at aes@mhcc.edu or 503-491-6923.

    Admission of all students is centralized in the Admissions, Registration and Records office. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to the Ford ASSET program. The Admission, Registration and Records office has the final authority on what constitutes equivalency for all admission criteria and has the sole authority to inform students of their admission status.

    Once applicants have met all program criteria, including dealership sponsorship, they are admitted on a first completed, first accepted basis until the program is full. Once the program is full, applicants will be placed on an alternate list.

    If you have questions regarding admission requirements and procedures, please email the admissions evaluator, at LRAdmissions@mhcc.edu. For questions about the program, contact Kenny Burns, faculty adviser, by calling 503-491-7468 or emailing Kenny.Burns@mhcc.edu.

    The information below is based on the application requirements for Fall term 2021 admission.

    Date of Application: The program starts Fall term 2021 (September 20, 2021). Students may submit applications through September 17, 2021. All required documentation listed on the application checklist must be received by the Admissions, Registration and Records office for the application to be considered complete. Once applicants have met all program criteria, including dealership sponsorship, they are admitted on a first completed, first accepted basis until the program is full. Please note, students may be accepted at the discretion of the program faculty after the application close date.

    Applicant Priority Consideration: Pre-Approved Sponsorship – The Ford ASSET program works in partnership with the Ford Motor Company Dealerships. As such, dealerships have the option of pre-approving sponsorship of applicants. In most cases, these students have priority for admission. This can reduce the number of positions available to other applicants each year. If you are currently working at a dealership, see the Service Manager Director for possible sponsorship into the program. If he/she is not familiar with the program, have him/her contact one of the faculty advisers for information.

    Applicants who have priority consideration must meet the same requirements as the other applicants in terms of the admissions criteria. In the event a priority applicant does not meet the minimum academic prerequisites, they may be admitted on a "conditional" basis. Academic prerequisites must be demonstrated within three terms of "conditional acceptance" to remain in the program.

    Further Considerations

    • Although you are not required to provide your Social Security number for general admission to MHCC, the dealerships must have an employee's Social Security number to report wage and tax information on the W-2 Form.
    • Some dealerships require pre-employment drug testing and background checks.
    • Students who lose dealership sponsorship, and are unable to secure another sponsor, will be dropped from the program.
    • Students who are not accepted into the Ford ASSET program, but do meet admissions criteria, may choose to apply for the other automotive program listed below at MHCC.
    • Summer start Ford ASSET degree program – Begins Summer term 2022
    Application Facts
    Year Total Applied Complete Incomplete Most Common Reasons For Incomplete Applications
    2020 18 14 4
    • No CPT/Too low CPT
    • Missing photocopy of Driver's License
    2019 35 28 7
    • No CPT/Too low CPT
    • Missing photocopy of Driver's License

    PHASE 1: Admission Criteria — Requirements to Apply

    Requirements 1 through 6 must be satisfied for your application to be considered complete and to progress to Phase 2 of the application process.

    1. General Admission Application: Complete an MHCC general admission application online at https://my.mhcc.edu/ics/Admissions if you are new to MHCC or returning after four terms or more. Select "General Studies" as your major. It will change to Ford ASSET if/when you are accepted to the program.
    2. Ford ASSET Program Application Complete the program application online.
    3. Age Requirement: Applicants accepted to the Ford ASSET program must be at least 18 years of age by January 3, 2022.
    4. Driver's License: A clear and legible photocopy of your valid driver's license must be submitted with your application. If currently not driving, applicant is required to submit a valid driver's license by September 1, 2021 to LRadmissions@mhcc.edu.
    5. Driving Record: Each applicant is required to have a good driving record. In the course of the dealership experiences, students test drive vehicles to verify customer concerns and needed repairs. Dealership insurance carriers also require students in the program to have a valid driver's license and a good driving record for insurance coverage for the Ford Motor Company Dealerships.
    6. Academic Prerequisite Requirements: Applicants must demonstrate prerequisite skills in reading, writing, and math by either Option 1 or 2 listed below. If using Option 2, coursework must be completed with a "C" grade or higher.
    Options Reading Writing Math
    1-Placement Scores RD115 WR115/WR101 MTH060/MTH058
    2-Coursework RD090/IECC201R/WR091/WR115 or higher level of reading or Writing-specific course WR090/WR091/IECC201W or a higher level of Writing-specific course MTH020 or a higher level Math-specific course

    OPTION 1 – Placement Scores

    • The Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) is a non-timed skills assessment test. For more information visit: https://www.mhcc.edu/TestingServices.
    • Applicants are encouraged to review the CPT prep page available at mhcc.edu/cptprep.
    • CPT scores are valid for five years. If it is older, the CPT will need to be taken again.
    • Students may be able to use Smarter Balanced/GPA/GED scores or Self-Placement for meeting the academic skills requirements, see https://www.mhcc.edu/cpt.

    OPTION 2 – Transcript Requirements if meeting the Academic Prerequisites using Completed Coursework.

    • Transcripts must be official (unopened) and issued directly from the accredited institution where the courses were taken. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) submitted via secure electronic delivery service are acceptable and may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu.
    • Do NOT include an MHCC transcript. It is already on file.
    • Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Original transcripts must accompany all earned, attempted, or audited college credits.
    • Nationally accredited (for-profit institutions) transcripts are not required and will not fulfill program or degree requirements but may be submitted.
    • If an up-to-date transcript is on file (showing most recently completed coursework with nothing in progress), applicants do not need to submit another copy.
    • Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated before the application deadline by an outside credential service if courses are to be used for meeting admission/degree requirements. The evaluated transcript must be submitted by the application deadline for the program.  For more information visit: www.mhcc.edu/internationaltranscript. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts is time consuming, and our process could take up to six weeks. It is best to start this process early. A foreign bachelor's degree does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements.

    TRANSFER CREDITS: Upon acceptance to the program, students who have prior college coursework applicable to their Ford ASSET program must request a transcript evaluation online.

    Students who successfully complete Phase 1 are notified by email to complete Phase 2.

    PHASE 2: Admission Criteria — Dealership Sponsorship Requirement

    All applicants must be sponsored by a dealership prior to acceptance to the Ford ASSET program. Applicants may obtain a list of potential sponsoring dealership repair facilities by the Ford ASSET program coordinator based on dealership employment criteria, driving distance, student product preferences and other placement criteria. The student must secure an interview and be hired by a dealership in order to be accepted into the Ford ASSET program at MHCC.

    Accepted applicants who lose dealership sponsorship, and are unable to secure another sponsorship, will be dropped from the program. Please direct questions regarding dealership sponsorships to Kenny Burns by calling 503-491-7468 or emailing Kenny.Burns@mhcc.edu.


    • Add @mhcc.edu to your "safe senders list". All application notifications are sent via email. It is your responsibility to set your "spam filter" system to accept email addresses containing @mhcc.edu. MHCC is not responsible for notices not received due to spam or junk mail handling. It is recommended that applicants check email on a computer and NOT a smart phone.
    • Students must confirm their acceptance into the Ford ASSET program by replying to the acceptance email within the specified timeline indicated in the email. Failure to respond will result in the seat being given to the next qualified applicant.
    • Students admitted into the Ford ASSET program must register for program classes by the date specified in their acceptance letter. Students who fail to register by the stated date will forfeit their seat in the program.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA & ADAAA) and Rehabilitation Act Information

    Mt. Hood Community College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admissions or access to its programs, services and activities. If you have a disability and need accommodations, auxiliary aides, or services, please contact Accessible Education Services at 503-491-6923 or aes@mhcc.edu. Individuals are not required to disclose disability in the admissions process. Accessible Education Services staff can provide assistance and guidance during the application process if you have any questions. Individuals with disabilities are required to meet the essential functions of the curriculum and program with reasonable accommodations.

    Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

    The College shall comply with all local, state and federal laws related to equal opportunity and affirmative action in its employment practices, services, programs and activities. The College is committed to providing an inclusive environment and equal opportunity to all persons and prohibits all forms of discrimination based on age, gender, race, color, religion, physical or mental disability, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran's status, familial relationship, expunged juvenile record, or other status or characteristic protected by law, or association with individuals in such protected status or characteristic.


    The College promotes non-discrimination by maintaining a respectful working and learning environment free of all forms of discrimination and harassment. It is against district policy for any manager, supervisor, faculty, staff or student to engage in discrimination of any member of the College community based on race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, marital status, disability or sexual orientation. The College shall comply with all local, state and federal laws with regard to non-discrimination.

    Financial Aid

    Applicants may qualify for financial aid and are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available online. This application includes grants, loans and work study. Information about financial aid, including instructions for completing the FAFSA, is posted on the MHCC Financial Aid web page. Scholarships are also available. Visit the scholarship web page for more information.

    To avoid missing financial aid deadlines and opportunities, it is recommended that the FAFSA be completed on October 1 for the following academic year or at the time of program applications. Financial aid inquiries may be directed to FinAid.Mail@mhcc.edu.

    Veteran Services

    If you are a veteran, member of the Reserves or National Guard and plan to take classes, you may be eligible for educational benefits through the Department of Veterans' Affairs or Oregon Department of Veteran Affairs. Benefits may also be available to eligible spouses and/or children of veterans. The Office of Veteran's Services, located in AC1152 on the main level of the Gresham campus, provides a one-stop, centrally located area for students applying for or have questions regarding their veteran benefits.