A legacy of automotive education

Jack Purcell followed in his father John's footstep and obtained an education through the GM ASEP program. Also picture are DCTC instructor Mark Hickman, second from left, and Jack's service manager at Lupient Tony Parenteau, also a DCTC alum.

Jack Purcell will graduate from the GM ASEP program nearly three decades after his dad John completed the same program

The DCTC GM Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) will have its first legacy student graduate this week. Jack Purcell will graduate Thursday with an Automotive Service A.A.S and proudly watching will be DCTC alum John Purcell

With encouragement from his dad, Jack said he chose the ASEP program at DCTC because it would provide him the skills he would need to be successful as an automotive services industry. He also loves the work.

“I’ve pretty much always been around cars and it seemed like my best bet,” said Jack of attending DCTC.

Through high school, John said Jack wasn’t the best high school student. However, at DCTC Jack has worked hard and thrived as a student.

“Once he got to study what he loved, he excelled. We are proud of him,” said John.

John worked as an auto technician for many years. Now John shares his extensive knowledge as an Automotive Technology instructor at Saint Paul Technical and Community College. John said his family’s personal experiences shows why it is important for high schools to keep offering shop classes.

“We still need the trades,” said John.

Jack was sponsored by the Golden Valley Lupient Buick, GMC dealership. His Service Manager Tony Parenteau is also a DCTC graduate. Jack has accepted a journeyman position with Lupient and will work full-time at the dealership.

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