Lakes Region Community College
379 Belmont Rd
Laconia, NH 03246
The Lakes Region Community College campus is located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, adjacent to the Belknap Mountains and the Gunstock Ski Area. The White Mountains Recreation Areas are a short drive to the north, and the cities of Concord and Manchester and the Seacoast are less than an hour to the south. Laconia has a population of approximately 17,000, and Belknap County, in which the College is located, has a population of approximately 60,000.
Lakes Region Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire, a public system of higher education consisting of seven independent colleges, plus local academic centers. Lakes Region Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, a non-governmental, nationally-recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.
ASEP fulfills two very important goals in providing the best possible education for GM Technicians. First, it combines state-of-the-art technical training with appropriate academic coursework and dealership experience. Secondly, it fills an industry need for well-educated and motivated technicians capable of continued growth in a technologically dynamic field.
Graduates who successfully complete the 21-month cooperative education Automotive Service Education Program will receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Automotive Technology and credits toward GM Master Certification in all areas. The Co-op education program allows students to earn money while they work and learn in a General Motors dealership. ASEP students are already working while in school. They receive training on specific products and dealership operations. This makes them a valuable addition to the dealership. The need for well-educated technicians to repair and service automobiles should be around for many years to come. Some ASEP graduates have gone on to become teachers, field service engineers, service managers or owners of their own dealerships. The potential for personal and financial growth in this industry is high.
Mr. Parker has worked as a technician since 1972 at which time he earned his first ASE certifications. He is currently an ASE certified Master Automobile Technician with L1 and L3 certification. He is also a GM World Class Technician since 2006 and has a total of 19 years work experience as a technician, twelve of which were in GM/SAAB dealerships. He has been teaching with GM-ASEP at LRCC since its start in 1991. He has also taught GM technicians as a contract instructor at the GM Training Center in Dedham Mass. Mr. Parker received the New Hampshire Community College Chancellor’s Award of Teaching Excellence in 2000 and 2002. In 2004 he received the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) National Teacher of the year Award. He is currently the Department Chair for Transportation Technologies which includes GM ASEP, Toyota T-TEN, Automotive Technology, Marine Technology and CDL.
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