Ford ASSET Program at TCC

Prepare for an automotive career through specialized, hands-on training and education

TCC and Ford Motor Company launched the Ford Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program at TCC's Regional Automotive Center (RAC). The program–the only one of its kind in Virginia–prepares students to become service technicians at Ford and Lincoln dealerships.

Highly trained, experienced auto technicians are always in demand at Ford and Lincoln dealerships in Virginia and northeast North Carolina.

Ford’s Automotive Student Service Educational Training (ASSET) program prepares you for a career as an automotive technician servicing Ford and Lincoln vehicles at authorized dealerships.

This program is a partnership between Tidewater Community College and Ford Motor Company. As a student, you’ll receive specialized, hands-on training while earning an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology.

Program overview

Students in the Ford ASSET program learn how to use the same tools and equipment used by automotive techs at Ford and Lincoln dealerships, and they train on Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Ford ASSET program logoThe program follows National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation's (NATEF) rigorous curriculum and guidelines, along with Ford-created training materials, shop manuals and online reference tools.

TCC instructors in the Ford ASSET program are ASE-certified Master Technicians specializing in advanced Ford and Lincoln technology.

All automotive classes are held at TCC’s Regional Automotive Center (RAC), a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility in Chesapeake. In addition, students receive hands-on training at sponsoring dealerships. General academic courses are offered at all TCC campuses and online.

This program is a two-year cooperative education program leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology. Students spend sessions in class and in a sponsoring Ford or Lincoln dealership. The Ford ASSET program provides students with the fundamental skills to succeed in the workplace with valuable hands-on experience.

Get paid while you learn

Best of all, Ford ASSET’s paid cooperative education courses are completed through a local sponsoring Ford or Lincoln dealership. You’ll gain a paycheck along with real-world experience that gives you a strong competitive advantage in the job market when you graduate.

Integrated skills

As you progress through the curriculum you’ll learn about major automobile components and systems including brakes, suspension, emissions, transmissions, electrical systems, heating and air conditioning, powertrains, and engine management systems. You’ll develop skills in automotive diagnostics, tune-ups and repairs.

Students also develop an understanding of automotive service business principles as they apply to the service technician. During your cooperative education, you will work with a master technician and further develop skills in service technology. Along with your degree, you will gain valuable industry credentials.

Residency program

Students from outside Hampton Roads can participate in Ford ASSET through the residency program. Once a student has secured a sponsoring dealer in his or her home area, the student attends classes at the RAC while staying in local housing. The student will complete cooperative classes at the home dealership. TCC has negotiated rates with local hotels and apartments for students.

How to apply & get help paying for college

To apply for Ford ASSET, follow the process for admission to TCC. Next, contact Steve Whitney, Ford ASSET Instructor, at 757-822-5080 or

Scholarships and financial aid are available. The program is eligible for the GI Bill®.

Career opportunities

After graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Automotive Technology, Ford ASSET students can continue to pursue their careers as automotive technicians at their sponsoring dealership or other Ford and Lincoln dealerships.
Visit the Ford ASSET website to learn more

Hampton Roads sponsoring dealerships
  • Barton Ford, Suffolk
  • Beach Ford, Virginia Beach
  • Bill Talley, Richmond
  • Bowditch Ford, Newport News
  • Cavalier Ford/Lincoln, Chesapeake
  • Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square, Chesapeake
  • Colonial Ford Trucks, Chesapeake
  • Crossroads Ford, Prince George
  • Haley South Ford, Richmond
  • Hall Ford, Elizabeth City, N.C.
  • Hall Ford/Lincoln, Newport News
  • Priority Ford, Norfolk
  • R.D. Sawyer, Manteo, NC
  • Richmond Ford/Lincoln, Richmond
  • Richmond Ford West, Richmond
  • Sheehy Ford, Richmond
  • Sheehy Ford, Ashland
  • Williamsburg Ford, Williamsburg
  • Wynne Ford, Hampton
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