(SWEETWATER) - After 12 years of serving in the U.S. Army, Hollis Manis has plans to open his own automotive shop in his hometown.

Manis, of San Angelo, said studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology at Texas State Technical College is the first step of his goal.

“I have been wanting to go back to school for a while,” he said. “I completed a couple of classes while I was in the military. I knew when I was out of the military, I wanted to pursue my love of mechanics as a career.”

Manis’ passion for automobiles began by watching his father, who is an Automotive Service Excellence-certified mechanic.

“I learned a lot from my dad over the years and knew I would do the same thing when I left the military,” he said.

Manis is using his experience as an aircraft mechanic during class and hopes his knowledge will be helpful to the younger classmates.

“I did a lot of powertrain repairs in the Army,” he said...

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