ASEP NSCC Nova Scotia Graduates
Kevin Gerrior (NSCC)
By working in co-operation with the Nova Scotia Community College, the Department of Education Apprenticeship Division and General Motors with their
dealership network, the ASEP program
provides a dynamic in depth program of
formal study and practical experience.
General Motors wanted a more intense apprenticeship training, using current model year information, technology and equipment, which is all supplied by
GM. Keeping up with rapidly-changing
technology is difficult without the support
of an automobile manufacture. ASEP is
meeting the demand for highly qualified
In 1989 the first ASEP class of 15 students
started in Nova Scotia at the NSCC
Institute of Technology Campus where
the General Motors Product Service Training
was also taking place.
General Motors has supplied special
tools, equipment, vehicles and about 25
GM courses for training the ASEP students.
Along with these GM courses the
In Dealership Work Assignments are to be
completed at the Dealership, corresponding
to the courses done in class that previous
All of the regular apprenticeship training
courses are also met to complete the
apprenticeship training requirements.
In a two-year period, the student will
alternate between college training (apprenticeship
and GM courses) and Dealership
hands on work experience.
In 20 years 185 students have entered
the ASEP program with 143 students graduated
or currently in the program.
In the early years there were 28 GM
dealers, but has shrunk over the years to
15 dealers. Many of the ASEP graduates
are still working as technicians today in
GM dealers, moved on to own their own
businesses, work as shop foreman or service
managers and teaching in the NSCC
After becoming a journeyperson in
this compulsory certified trade, they can
continue their upgrading by taking more
GM courses on changing technology.
The ASEP program has been emulated
by other manufacturers so they too can
have highly trained individuals repairing
To enter the ASEP training program
grade 12 is required and a pre-apprenticeship
program completed or block one of
Apprenticeship, registered as an Apprentice
and working at a GM Dealership that
is willing to sponsor them in the ASEP program. For further information on this
program please contact the NSCC Akerley
Campus or Ray Crooks at 902 491-4504 or
The ASEP Class 15P finished their
program in February 2010 and ASEP Class
16Q finished their first term December 18
2009. Class 14N concluded a graduation,
December 20 2009. Some of the highlights
of that event are as follows.
Richard Sharp spoke representing the
Department of Education Apprenticeship
Kevin Gerrior spoke representing the
NSCC. ASEP graduating certificates and
jackets (jackets purchased by the dealers)
were handed out by Roy MacNeil (Department
Chair for the Transportation and
Industrial Technologies Department) and
Ray Crooks (ASEP Instructor). One of the
students pictured here is Heather Miles
from Bonnyman Pontiac receiving her
jacket and certificate.
The second female to graduate the
ASEP program. Top student received a
fluke meter, amp clamp and ASEP watch
from GM presented to David O’Hearn
from MacPhee Pontiac by Roy MacNeil
and Ray Crooks.
Second and third students Matthew
Tamlyn and Andrew Curren from
O’Regans Chev. received a ASEP watch
from GM. The ASEP program gives the
technician the information necessary to
succeed in their future endeavours.
Graduation Class 2010 ASEP
Class list of names and dealerships:
Jeff Bonn Forbes Chev.
Ryan Charlton Forbes Chev.
Andrew Curren O’Regans Chev.
Graham Denty Carroll Pontiac
Kenneth Deon Eastern Auto
Lewis Donovan Murray GM
Tyler Fulton Bodertown
Jeramie Kelly MacPhee Pontiac
Devin Matthews MacPhee Pontiac
Heather Miles Bonnyman Pontiac
David O’Hearn MacPhee Pontiac
Matthew Tamlyn O’Regans Chev.
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