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Ford reps visit with ENMU-Roswell’s Auto Tech students

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Cesar Martinez talked about career opportunities with Ford. (Submitted Photo)

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Opportunities within field can include $100K-plus salaries

Representatives of Krumland Auto Group and Ford Corporation met with Automotive Technology students on Feb. 12 to talk about careers and opportunities in the automobile industry.

Michael Moore, executive director of Krumland Auto Group; Michael Gusta, Ford service engineer-Phoenix Region; and Cesar Martinez, regional technical talent placement specialist-Phoenix Region encouraged students to continue their education for the best employment prospects.

Martinez said his job was to recruit and retain employees with Ford. He works to help change the culture and perception of what it means to be an automotive technician.

He told students it is a great career, with salaries often topping $100,000 a year.

Gusta travels around New Mexico and urges students to have a positive outlook for their futures.

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“Find something you like, something you are good at and something that someone will pay you to do,” he said.

Moore said Krumland is working to “grow their own” talent. Last year, the company established a scholarship for students enrolled in the Automotive Technology Program at ENMU-Roswell.

Scholarship recipients receive customized tool cabinets with tools. The scholarship recipients for the Fall 2019 semester were Diego Ibarra and Jesus Chavez.

Moore said, “We need high school students to move up to the college level. We have work for all of you and we are at a great time now in the industry.”

Applications are being accepted for the next scholarship selection process. Students can apply for the scholarship through the Automotive Technology Program director, Eric Gomez, at 575-624-7115; and Kimberly Andazola, scholarship coordinator, at 575-624-7114, in the Financial Aid Department at ENMU-R.

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