DCTC Instructor Gives Fuel To Automotive Program

Dakota County Technical College Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) instructor Tim McCluskey recently became the recipient of the General Motors ASEP Instructor Award of Merit – Technical.

General Motors and the International Association of General Motors Automotive Services Educational Programs present the award to an outstanding GM-ASEP technical instructor who has taught at least three consecutive or sequential GM-ASEP courses. McCluskey received a plaque commemorating the award in November at a national conference held in Tampa, Fla.

“Tim has always done an outstanding job with students and goes beyond the teaching job to both counsel and mentor his students as they work to reach their goals,” said Dean of Transportation and Technology Mike Opp.

McCluskey was hired as an Automotive Mechanics instructor in 1989 and became an ASEP instructor in 1996. He has achieved World Class Technician status as a GM instructor, served as a former union chapter president of the college and is a former “Teacher of the Year” nominee.

This is not the first time a DCTC GM ASEP instructor has received recognition. In 1996, DCTC instructor Mark Hickman received a regional award from GM. Hickman is only two certifications away from receiving his World Class Technician status.

The ASEP program is a national model for all automotive manufacturing programs in the United States. It began at Macomb Community College in Michigan in 1979 and came DCTC in 1984. GM requires that all programs must be NATEF certified and each instructor be ASE and GM STC certified in the area they teach. Students completing the program can receive the maximum of an Associate in Applied Science.