Fourteen Salt Lake Community College graduates have received degrees from Ford Motor Co. for completing the auto manufacturer's automotive student service education training, a Ford spokesman said.

During the two-year program, students alternate between the classroom and Ford dealerships every nine weeks. The program exposes students to the latest developments in engines, ignition, fuel systems, turbocharging, and diesel and computer controls.Ford's vice president and general manager over parts and service, Lee Miskowski, said the program answers the need for highly skilled technicians to repair today's sophisticated vehicles.

The 14 students and Ford dealerships where they worked are:

Shane Townsend and Williams D. Bennett at Henry S. Day Ford in Salt Lake; Demetri Politis and Aaron Callister at Marrion Willey and Son Ford in Bountiful; Bart N. Christofferson and Becky Prescott at Stephen Wade Ford in Murray; E. William Kreamalmeyer at Bountiful Motor Sales; Drew Fairbanks at Butterfield Ford in Sandy; Len Eakin with Meridian Ford in Meridian, Idaho; Trent Newman with Middlekauff Lincoln Mercury in Salt Lake; David Cates with Rick Warner Ford in Salt Lake; Spero Politis with Rick Warner Truckland in Salt Lake; Dan Felix with Tri City Ford in American Fork; and Matthew Hopner with Ed Kenley Ford in Layton.