Helping students learning valuable life skills and exposing them to potential career paths has been the highlight of Rob Hill’s career as the automotive instructor at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School in Santa Ynez Valley, CA, for the past seven years.
He totals more than 20 years teaching and will be retiring at the end of the year, but not before he helps the program continue.
“Love being part of the CIMA team and establishing the racing club at the high school,” Hill said. “I have enjoyed teaching the kids and seeing their enthusiasm for the subject grow as they go through the program.”
Hill teaches intro and advanced automotive as well as collision and repair. The classes work on students’ vehicles, as well as those of the teachers on campus.
He is so proud of his students, as quite a few entered the automotive world.
Jennifer Oseguera graduated in 2018 and said she credits her career as a custom painter to Hill. She currently is working at Airtrix in Goleta, CA, and will be graduating this year from the automotive program at Santa Barbara City College.
“He taught me how to paint and I realized I liked this part of automotive,” Oseguera said.
Hill said his alumni often come back to help out with events, and the engines will be revving at the seventh annual Pirate Garage Car Show, a vital fundraiser for the Pirate Garage Club, that will take place in early June at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School.
It was rescheduled from March 21 due to the coronavirus.