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Re: OT Technology Education Programs
Andy, just so I understand, what is your end goal?
Teach a High School Auto Tech program?
Maybe run an offroad Shop?
If the goal is to teach auto tech at a high school, spend some time surfing around the net. I just did this morning (to gain some knowledge to try to give an intellignet answer to you) and got a good number of hits on Auto Tech Schools, and a lot of them have an "about the instructor" section. Read up on the background of the guys teaching these courses. Did they start as ASE certified mechanics? Teachers? What degrees do they have? There seems to be a number of certifications for technical education programs (NATEF, for one). Have you checked to see how that would effect your credentials, on which school you pick? Is their program NATEF certified, etc.
Other than that, I can attest that Southern Maine is a beautiful place - Jeepchick and I spend a good amount of time in Maine. Good wheelin' (though mostly on private land), good active clubs, and Northern Maine is very rural, with Mount Katahdin, the nothern end of the appalachian trail, if you're into outdoor stuff. And of course, the ocean.
Obviously, Utah has great wheelin', and is just about the 4-wheelin center of the country, and Michigan, with Detroit right there, must have plenty of automotive-oriented opportunities, depending on what exactly you want to do.