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Ford ASSET Student Earns Gold at SkillsUSA Illinois

Jacob Greene to represent the state at Nationals

Friday, May 26, 2017
A Parkland College Ford ASSET program student will soon represent the state of Illinois in automotive service technology excellence after winning gold at the SkillsUSA Illinois Championship in Springfield late last month.

Freshman Jacob Greene, a 2016 Litchfield High School graduate, will compete with about 6,000 other state contest winners at the SkillsUSA National Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 19-23. More than 16,000 people are expected to attend this week of competition in career and technical education.

Upon graduation from Parkland College, Greene has the opportunity to become fully certified as a Ford technician with an associate's degree in automotive technology. As part of the Ford ASSET program, he will have had more than 32 weeks of hands-on training at his sponsoring Ford dealership, Victory Lane Ford in Litchfield.

Greene's high school automotive instructor, Eric Gray, and his Parkland Ford ASSET instructor, Thomas Fischer, are both 2008 graduates of Parkland's Ford ASSET program. Fischer, a Mahomet resident, serves as Jacob's SkillsUSA advisor.

For more information about the Ford ASSET program, visit the program web page or call Agriculture/Engineering Science and Technologies at 217/351-2481.

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