Automotive Technology - GM-ASEP

The General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program (ASEP) is designed for students who are interested in beginning their career path at a General Motors dealership or an AC-Delco TSS service center.

The GM-ASEP program leads to a two year A.A.S. degree using curriculum designed by GM and Metropolitan Community College. It involves attending classroom lecture 40% and laboratory 60% working on GM products at MCC, and also cooperative work experience at a General Motors dealership or an AC-Delco TSS service center.

Students earn while they learn, which can help cover part of the program cost.

Benefits of the GM-ASEP option

  • Advanced and specialized training on latest General Motors equipment and service procedures.
  • Receive up to 80% of General Motors warranty credentials
  • Paid cooperative work experience with a General Motors dealership.
  • Graduates receive an Associate in Applied Science degree with options to transfer to a four-year college, and at the same time get the preparation to become ASE certified. MCC's GM-ASEP graduates tend to perform extremely well on certification exams.


To be eligible for the GM-ASEP program, the applicant must:

  • be 18 years of age or older by the time of first dealer work assignment.
  • be able to meet MCC general admission and academic requirements.
  • be sponsored by a General Motors dealership or an AC-Delco TSS service center and hold a valid driver's license.
  • GM-ASEP is full-time two-year program. Students rotate between the MCC-Longview campus and their sponsoring dealership or an AC-Delco TSS service center in 8-week cycles.
  • Students must be full-time and remain continuously enrolled and employed with the dealership or an AC-Delco TSS service center.

How to apply

  1. Complete an online MCC Admissions Application.
  2. Talk to the GM-ASEP program coordinator about your interest. If you are admitted in a semester that a GM-ASEP cohort is not beginning, you can still choose to take non-automotive coursework that counts toward the degree. See an MCC advisor for assistance in selecting appropriate classes to fit your plans.
  3. Take the Bennett Mechanical Aptitude test (available only from the MCC-Longview testing center office).
  4. Interview with the GM-ASEP coordinator to evaluate Bennett scores and get a review of your General Motors application.

If the student applicant is confirmed after step #4, also add:

  1. Interviews with a sponsoring GM dealership.
  2. Start work at a GM dealership or an AC-Delco TSS service center.


National Institute For Automotive Service Excellence

The MCC automotive program is accredited by ASE Education Foundation.


Many General Motors dealerships are looking for GM-ASEP candidates and MCC will coordinate the placement of students accepted to the program. The dealer agrees to:

  1. employ an ASEP student in a rotating cooperative work-study experience.
  2. supplement the most recent classroom instruction with appropriate shop floor work.
  3. provide the ASEP student-employee with work uniforms consistent with other employees
  4. appoint a person to mentor the GM-ASEP student.

Tuition and program fees

Tuition, fees, books and personal tools are the responsibility of the student.

Total cost of the two-year program is approximately $13,000. This includes books, but not personal tools (a recommended tool list is in the GM-ASEP packet) that cost approximately $1,500-$2,000. Discounts for tools will be available through college and dealership contacts. View program cost breakdown by semester (PDF).

Regular college financial assistance is available for qualified students through the MCC financial aid office.



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