Joliet Junior College alum and New Lenox resident Joe Grenchik was named the “Mitchell 1 / Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician of the Future” after receiving one of the highest scores in the nation on the ASE’s certification exam. Grenchik was selected from more than 300,000 ASE-certified professionals nationwide.
As the award recipient, Grenchik received a medallion, plaque, a $500 cash prize and a $2,000 gift certificate for a one-year subscription to ProDemand from Mitchell 1.
After achieving his associate degree at JJC, Grenchik transferred to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in fall 2014.
“Because of what I learned at JJC and now SIU, I felt pretty confident when I was taking the ASE exam. I felt like my hard work paid off,” Grenchik said.
Even though Grenchik had never taken an ASE exam before, he wasn’t surprised by the structure of the test, which quizzed him on his knowledge of basic vehicles, maintenance and repair.
“The tests I took in my automotive classes at JJC were structured and based on industry exams, which made taking the ASE exam a lot easier,” Grenchik said. “At JJC, the professors want to make the material easy to understand, but also challenging so that you can learn more. In my opinion, JJC’s automotive program is one of the best because they are very good at preparing you for your future.”
Grenchik added that when he was a student, the hands-on experience he received while working in JJC’s automotive shop also attributed to his automotive knowledge.
After graduating from SIU, Grenchik’s goal is to work in the railroad industry or for Tesla Motors.
For more information about JJC’s automotive program, visit www.jjc.edu/automotive-service-tech.