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NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
GENERAL MOTORS AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

What Is GMASEP?

The General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program or GMASEP is a structured, two-year auto training program that provides students with classroom instruction as well as practical, hands-on learning.

GMASEP is a collaboration between General Motors, local GM-affiliated dealerships, and Northern Virginia Community College. Students spend half of the semester in the classroom and the other half working at their sponsoring dealership.

It is the perfect opportunity for students to receive hands on training, gain a reputation, and earn money while going to school.

At the end of the two years (five semesters), students earn an associate's degree and 80% of the requirements needed to be certified GM technicians. Many continue working at the dealerships after they graduate.

View the GMASEP Informational Booklet.

View the President Obama highlighting GMASEP at NOVA.

Getting Started

Anyone interested in GMASEP should review and complete the following steps to apply to the program. If candidates are admitted into the program, they will then be required to find a sponsoring dealership that is willing to employ the candidates for the duration of the program. A sponsor must be obtained no later than the first day of class. Students unable to find a sponsor by the deadline will not be permitted to continue in GMASEP. There are a limited number of applicants that can be accepted so act quickly. We are continually accepting applications.

  • Submit the GM ASEP Candidate Application form
    Submit by following the instructions at the bottom of the form.
  • Submit a copy of your driving record
    If you are a Virginia resident, you can request it online here or by going to a DMV location. Most employers cannot hire you if you have too many moving violations.
  • Apply for admission to NOVA
    This is a simple, free, no obligation online form.
  • Take the GM ASEP aptitude test
    Plan at least 1 hours to complete.
  • Take the English and math placement tests
    Plan at least 2 hours per test to complete.
  • Schedule an Interview
    Contact Mr. Keith Brown to schedule an interview. You may also contact Laura Garcia anytime during the application process to talk about the program and tour our facilities. See contact information below.
  • Obtain a sponsor
    For any questions or assistance, contact Keith Brown at 703.845.4623 or keibrown@nvcc.edu or Laura Garcia at 703 933-8375 or lgarciamoreyra@nvcc.edu


Sponsorship

After students are officially accepted into the program, they begin the process of finding a sponsor. Sponsorship is a paid apprenticeship with the anticipation that you will enjoy working for that employer who invested in your training for many years to come. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain his or her own sponsor, but we do assist with resume editing, interview preparation, and finding job opportunities.

Once sponsored, students are expected to maintain a professional, humble attitude toward their employers and respect the opportunity they are given. This professional attitude will help advance the student at a faster rate and build a positive reputation in this highly connected industry.

Cost

Because of the support we receive from General Motors and Northern Virginia Community College, the cost for the GMASEP automotive program is significantly less than other technical colleges. Students will need to pay normal tuition rates, as well as the cost of books and tools. Students should expect to purchase their own set of automotive tools to be kept at their job, which is estimated to be as much as $2,500 in their first semester. Students receive significant tool discounts from Snap On and Matco while they are enrolled in the program.

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid as soon as possible and payment is due on the day of registration and orientation. Students are encouraged to pay particular attention to application deadlines. More information on financial aid can be found here.

Payment plans are also available. More information on payment types and plans can be found here.

Courses

Click for a list of courses GMASEP students are required to take as they work towards their associate of applied science degree.