i think this has to do more with the insurance the company has on thier employees. if you told you insurance that you hired a newbie with no papers over a 2year degree with no experience, they will prolly raise your rate. so they cut cost on thier insurance by hiring the paper. personally i went to HRI and got a certificate, but im still not going to get hired by most shops because im not ASE or ACE or whatever it is. it helps me alot with the fact that i can work on my own car in the garage with confidence. but dont ask me to work on your 2000 elelctro car. now a fellow graduate from my class did get a job at Ford dealership and they started him off at 12.50 an hour. i dont know if the 6 grand a semester is worth a job that only pays 12.50 when i can go to a construction site with no experience and get that much. several people have stated it before. know exactly what you want to do in the future. going to an expensive school and acguire a debt is not a smart idea in my opinion. my brother in law joined the air force as a vehicle maintenance guy. he works on everything from little pickups to the diesel powered war machines. while he is in he will earn an associate in vehicle maintenance, and after four years you can use the gi bill and up the education to whatever you want.