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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 4:30 am

To the Editor:

In a story in Sunday’s (June 23) KDH sports section, Harker Heights senior Nate Leota expressed relief at being offered a scholarship (football) by Oklahoma Panhandle State University. OPSU is not a powerhouse in college football, but it presents an excellent opportunity for the young man to develop and learn the dynamics of his chosen profession.

His comment regarding Central Texas College (“I was kind of worried, I didn’t want to end up at CTC”) made it sound as if the two-year college is the worst place a student can end up.

Throughout the years, many KISD students have left Killeen and CTC behind to try their luck at some major universities — OU, UT, LSU, etc. Many were back before the year was up and then CTC became a viable option.

Personally, I believe that CTC was and continues to be tremendously important to the city and the military, including those in overseas assignments.

I attended CTC while still on active duty and earned an associate degree, going to mostly night classes. My daughter also received one. My son completed the CTC/American Technology Career Aviation Program. He has been a captain with Delta Airlines for over 15 years.

The size of an educational facility does not guarantee nor translate into educational achievement.

Mr. Leota wants to make his family proud, so lack of effort will not be a deterrent.

retired Master Sgt.

Pedro C. Santiago

U.S. Army

Killeen

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2 comments:

  • rmcmanus01 posted at 9:31 am on Fri, Jul 26, 2013.

    rmcmanus01 Posts: 2

    [sad] Mr. Henry Garza
    District Attorney
    Bell County, Texas

    Here is a real scam for you and/or your assistants, about how a local business is preying on Locals in need of employment. We need your help. This is regarding an employment scam. Yes, we were stupid, and desperate for work.
    National Automobile Academy (NAA) from Michigan, is running an employment SCAM using Automax Ford, Mitsubishi, VW in Killeen, TX. They also use other Dealerships for this scam, all over the country.
    They promised jobs to everyone: (it is hard to find any job these days) that were chosen by an interview that took place on July 15, 2013, in the New Ford Automax Dealership - (E. Central Texas Expressway); and that said chosen applicant must complete a 3 day certification course; which was conducted by NAA on July 16, 17 and 18th, at the Automax dealership Used Car location on Rancier Ave. in Killeen, TX (an Automax representative came to this training on July 18 during the morning).
    * Cost of the certification was $699, certified by NAA, and paid directly to NAA. (I was told at my interview on Monday that there
    MAY be a $699 cost; I said I did not have it. Tom Ross ( NAA rep) said, “Did I ask you to pay me? Then don’t worry about it.” On Wednesday we all were told to have the money on Thursday morning or no job. I went to World Finance in Temple and borrowed the money and gave Tom cash.

    * We were promised an ongoing $2000/mo minimum earnings (40-50 hrs per week) vs earned commissions; whichever
    would be larger.

    * We were promised a re-imbursement of the $699, on 91st day of employment.
    Guess what; 10+ of us got scammed for $699; by not being hired at all; and those that were chosen were offered only $7.50/hr for 12 hours per day, 5 days/wk and the reimbursement will not happen until after 6 months of employment; if they are still working there..........
    Is this the kind of dealership you want to do business with? If they treat, would be, employees like this, by allowing $699 to be scammed from him/her, someone who needs a job badly, what will they do to a customer to get several thousand $ of their MONEY????????
    And now Automax is denying any connection with/to NAA and refuses to return money to any of us. NAA also says their Trainer can lie if they want because we signed a release that says we knew we were not guaranteed a job. The trainer, Tom Ross told us, when we bought that up, that sometimes that is true; but, in our case we were guaranteed jobs for 90 days minimum and would be reimbursed our $699.
    What say you? Scam or Legal? Mockery of justice? NAA should be banned and Automax made to reimburse us.

    We, the would be employees, felt that being interviewed and trained on Automax properties, and having been visited at the training site by a Automax management representative, gave legitimacy to all we were being told.

    We ask you sincerely to give consideration to this matter before they cheat more poor people out of money, they don’t have, and possibly give us back our monies also.

    Raymond McManus
    rmcmanus01@gmail.com
    254-228-5377

    Names and phone #s of other applicants are available.

     
  • rmcmanus01 posted at 9:30 am on Fri, Jul 26, 2013.

    rmcmanus01 Posts: 2

    Mr. Henry Garza
    District Attorney
    Bell County, Texas

    Here is a real scam for you and/or your assistants, about how a local business is preying on Locals in need of employment. We need your help. This is regarding an employment scam. Yes, we were stupid, and desperate for work.
    National Automobile Academy (NAA) from Michigan, is running an employment SCAM using Automax Ford, Mitsubishi, VW in Killeen, TX. They also use other Dealerships for this scam, all over the country.
    They promised jobs to everyone: (it is hard to find any job these days) that were chosen by an interview that took place on July 15, 2013, in the New Ford Automax Dealership - (E. Central Texas Expressway); and that said chosen applicant must complete a 3 day certification course; which was conducted by NAA on July 16, 17 and 18th, at the Automax dealership Used Car location on Rancier Ave. in Killeen, TX (an Automax representative came to this training on July 18 during the morning).
    * Cost of the certification was $699, certified by NAA, and paid directly to NAA. (I was told at my interview on Monday that there
    MAY be a $699 cost; I said I did not have it. Tom Ross ( NAA rep) said, “Did I ask you to pay me? Then don’t worry about it.” On Wednesday we all were told to have the money on Thursday morning or no job. I went to World Finance in Temple and borrowed the money and gave Tom cash.

    * We were promised an ongoing $2000/mo minimum earnings (40-50 hrs per week) vs earned commissions; whichever
    would be larger.

    * We were promised a re-imbursement of the $699, on 91st day of employment.
    Guess what; 10+ of us got scammed for $699; by not being hired at all; and those that were chosen were offered only $7.50/hr for 12 hours per day, 5 days/wk and the reimbursement will not happen until after 6 months of employment; if they are still working there..........
    Is this the kind of dealership you want to do business with? If they treat, would be, employees like this, by allowing $699 to be scammed from him/her, someone who needs a job badly, what will they do to a customer to get several thousand $ of their MONEY????????
    And now Automax is denying any connection with/to NAA and refuses to return money to any of us. NAA also says their Trainer can lie if they want because we signed a release that says we knew we were not guaranteed a job. The trainer, Tom Ross told us, when we bought that up, that sometimes that is true; but, in our case we were guaranteed jobs for 90 days minimum and would be reimbursed our $699.
    What say you? Scam or Legal? Mockery of justice? NAA should be banned and Automax made to reimburse us.

    We, the would be employees, felt that being interviewed and trained on Automax properties, and having been visited at the training site by a Automax management representative, gave legitimacy to all we were being told.

    We ask you sincerely to give consideration to this matter before they cheat more poor people out of money, they don’t have, and possibly give us back our monies also.

    Raymond McManus
    rmcmanus01@gmail.com
    254-228-5377

    Names and phone #s of other applicants are available.