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    Tech School Recommendations?

    Harmel Academy in Grand Rapids is on our radar, but my son is specifically looking for automotive tech. Does anyone know of a good school for this? Our local tech school offers it but he would rather not go there. He's particularly interested in restoration and diesel mechanics.
    Jennifer
    Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

    DS16: MP, MPOA, HSC, Breaking the Barrier French
    DS15: MP, MPOA, HSC
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    #2
    Harmel is on our radar too. Would love to hear about schools that specialize in auto restoration. This and welding are my son's current interest. Maybe we can start a College like Harmel for Auto Restoration
    Katie

    2020/21 7th year with MP
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      #3
      Katie My son just got off the phone with Harmel's founder. He said their program wouldn't be a direct tie-in for someone who specifically wants to go into automotive, but he was incredibly supportive! He said a good first step would be to seek a job at a local shop (janitorial work, etc) to see if the shop atmosphere is where you really want to be. If it is, then the next step would be to get a mechanic's certificate and begin working from there, learning the customs/restoration portion on the side. He said if the mechanic shop thing shows a different path, than Harmel would be a good next step because it would help you discern something of the same general area but with more branches.

      Jennifer
      Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

      DS16: MP, MPOA, HSC, Breaking the Barrier French
      DS15: MP, MPOA, HSC
      DS12: Mash-up of 6/7M
      DS11: SC 4
      DD9: 3A with First Form Latin (long story!)
      DD8: Mash-up of SC 1/2
      DD5: January birthday, using SC B and C as a two-year JrK

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        #4
        Jen,
        Here are a couple of ideas
        Ferris State (Big Rapids, MI) www.ferris.edu/CET/auto-heet
        They have an associates of applied science in automotive service technology

        Vincennes University in Indiana
        They have a similar two year auto technology program along with a diesel program and a partnership with John Deere.

        Around here the community colleges also offer certificate of AAS programs, but possibly with less specialization. I haven’t studied up on this, but did a quick search on best automotive mechanics programs and these were two on one of the lists that looked within a reasonable distance if Grand Rapids was an option.

        I would link stuff, but I seem unable to do so since the latest update to the forums.
        Dorinda

        For 2019-2020
        DD 16 - 11th with MPOA(AP Latin), Lukeion (Greek4 & Adv. NT Greek), Thinkwell (Economics and Chemistry), plus Pre-Calculus, American G’ment, Early Church History set, and British Lit
        DS 14 - 8th with MPOA(Fourth Form), CLRC(Intro Lit and Comp), plus Algebra, Field Biology, Classical Studies 1
        DS 11 - 6th with Right Start Level G online class
        DS 6 - 1st with Prima Latina

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          #5
          Thanks, Dorinda! Apparently, he’s looking for a tech-only diploma/certificate program. He doesn’t want to deal with general ed. requirements. He was fine with Harmel having a humanities requirement because their Humanities program is reading/discussion focused rather than essays, and it would apply directly to his Faith/vocation.
          Jennifer
          Blog: [url]www.seekingdelectare.com[/url]

          DS16: MP, MPOA, HSC, Breaking the Barrier French
          DS15: MP, MPOA, HSC
          DS12: Mash-up of 6/7M
          DS11: SC 4
          DD9: 3A with First Form Latin (long story!)
          DD8: Mash-up of SC 1/2
          DD5: January birthday, using SC B and C as a two-year JrK

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            #6
            Jen,
            I thought at least one of the schools had a certificate program in addition to AAS. Another thing to consider is that a number of schools in this category are going to accept clep credit for gen ed requirements. I will keep looking.
            Dorinda

            For 2019-2020
            DD 16 - 11th with MPOA(AP Latin), Lukeion (Greek4 & Adv. NT Greek), Thinkwell (Economics and Chemistry), plus Pre-Calculus, American G’ment, Early Church History set, and British Lit
            DS 14 - 8th with MPOA(Fourth Form), CLRC(Intro Lit and Comp), plus Algebra, Field Biology, Classical Studies 1
            DS 11 - 6th with Right Start Level G online class
            DS 6 - 1st with Prima Latina

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              #7
              My brother went to auto mechanic school right out of h.s. probably 20 yrs ago so I asked him. He did auto work for years and is now upper management in an auto parts chain. He specialized in adding all those fun tricked-out components to cars before getting into the management side. His school is now closed but this is what he said when I passed along the question:

              ‘Uti isnt bad. Wyotech is pretty good. I would look into those’.

              I haven’t followed up on those leads but simply pass them along. My brother is in Denver and that is where he went to school as well.
              Regards,
              Hollie

              2019-20:
              1-day/week co-op using MP materials
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