Hogg’s Automotive Training Academy
Helping to fix cars has always come easily for Terry Hogg, who learned about auto mechanics at an early age before adopting it as his career in adulthood.
Helping to fix lives has sometimes been more difficult, as Terry and his wife Dalphine have discovered since they began an outreach program several years ago for at-risk youths and formerly imprisoned men.
Despite the challenges over the years, Terry said there is no greater reward than to see someone progress from being considered an outcast to the point where they are self-sufficient and productive citizens.
“I learned how to repair cars at the academy…but I also learned how to relate to people,” said graduate John Nguyen. “From here, I want to expand my learning to a higher level so that I can build a big business and provide a better life for everyone who needs help.”
The Hoggs are hoping to instill that kind of “pay it forward” mentality into everyone they come into contact with. “When you give someone the tools they need to take care of themselves…a positive outlook will generally follow,” Terry said. “That’s what we’re all about here.”
In addition to the Life Skills Classes taught at Hogg’s Automotive Training Academy, there are Pre-Apprenticeship and OJT/OJL programs available that provide an intense, 15-week training period that covers everything from basic engine diagnostics to auto body and collision work.
The OJT/OJL courses are 3-6 month programs geared at those who desire hands-on auto repair experience. Students must be evaluated and approved for this program and must also submit to a drug test in order to participate.
There is also a 2-year Registered Apprentice Program available where applicants receive training in all aspects of auto repair before being certified upon graduation by the Department of Labor and Hogg’s Automotive Training Academy, Inc.
Terry is often frustrated by a society that tends to overlook those who’ve made mistakes or may not have the intellectual capacity to compete at the college level.
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