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Thank you for providing feedback regarding MMI (Motorcycle Mechanics Institute. We are sorry your application for enrollment experience was not a positive one. While it is MMI's sincere desire to understand your frustration, our customer service representative has not been able to reach out to you directly because your contact information was not provided. MMI and UTI, like many educational institutions, do have an application and acceptance process. MMI is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students and faculty. Any application which indicated a prospective student has been convicted of or has plead guilty or no contest to a felony will be subject to further review by MMI before being accepted. We acknowledge and thank you for your service to our country, but it is our policy for all prospective students to wait one year from the time of their conviction, guilty or no contest felony plea to wait one year before being able to enroll. Once that year has passed, we would like the opportunity to work with you on your application for enrollment again. Please feel free to reach out to MMI directly if we can answer any questions regarding our policy and process for enrollment.
Detroit, Michigan

I'm currently ready to give up everything I know, leave Michigan, and attend this school because yes it is a passion of mine. I have a prior felony on my record and am told I have to wait a mandatory year to begin classes.

Granted its a felony, it wasn't violent what so ever, and they completely overlooked the face that I'm a combat infantry veteran times three! Like I can go overseas and fight for my country but I'm not good enough to attend your school or something. Its places like these that push people over the edge. Not because of there rules but because of there ignorance and unwillingness to help out a veteran who already knows everything there is to know about building and problem solving to fix Harley Davidson motorcycles.

I'd just like a certificate for the *** of it. I can attend some nice schools and still get government waivers to attend almost any school in the country! Like I said this is my passion and this school says I'm not good enough atleast not until 2014. Veterans program my *** this school can keep getting all the negative feedback all they want.

I only wanted to attend to potentially further my learning in my profession. Fyi I own my own shop with over $100,000 worth of Harleys in it.

Suck on that mmi and I'll be sure to blog this on every single military site I'm enrolled into including all social networks, and even my own website. Thanks for your assistance anyways.....

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dude, Im a combat veteran too...that does not excuse any past wrongdoings on your part...a felony is a felony...dont *** up


So because ur a veteran, u should get in? I have a lot of respect for servicemen and my family has an extensive military background, but how dare u feel more entitled because ur a veteran.

And also, if you just wanted to attend "for the *** of it" why the *** would they want u there?

Youd just be taking up the spot for someone else who is serious about attending. And if u can get into any other nice school why dont u just do that?


You have a *** felony on your record. UTI doesn't want a bunch of students who don't respect laws attending their campuses.

Getting into UTI is the tip of the iceberg of problems you will face in your life with that felony.

By the way if you already know everything you need to know why are you going back to school?

Diana F

Hello, I am sorry to hear of your situation. UTI is committed to providing a safe learning environment for all students and faculty. An application from a prospective student that indicates a history of being convicted of or pleading guilty or no contest to a violent crime or other type of felony will be subject to further review by UTI before being accepted. This policy extends to those students who have already enrolled or are active students. Conviction of a felony while attending or while awaiting a first class start is grounds for termination or denial. Certain felony convictions and charges or convictions for drug offenses will also limit an applicant’s eligibility to apply for and receive federal student loans and grants. With regard to admissions decisions, UTI, after its review, will notify students in writing of its decision to accept or deny the application for enrollment. UTI will not, however, accept applicants who:

> Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to

a violent crime involving a weapon

> Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest

to sexual assault or other sexually related crime, including

but not limited to child *** or any non-consensual, involuntary sexual act

> Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to

a felony within one year of expected enrollment date

> Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest

to a felony and released from prison/jail within one year of

expected enrollment date

> Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest

to murder, attempted murder or voluntary manslaughter

> Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest

to selling, transporting, delivering, cultivating and

manufacturing, or intending to sell illegal drugs or

controlled substances unless such conviction or plea

is more than 15 years old

> Have been convicted of, or pleaded guilty or no contest to

two or more felonies unless the most recent felony is

more than 10 years old

The above restrictions apply to convictions received as an

adult as well as those received as a juvenile if the applicant

was convicted as an adult. A student’s entire criminal background, including misdemeanor convictions, will be considered when reviewing his or her application for enrollment. Students who have been convicted of a misdemeanor after their most recent felony conviction and within the last year will not be eligible for enrollment until at least one year after their most recent conviction. Also, applicants who are convicted in a military court proceeding (general court-martial) fall under the same felony review process and must provide all appropriate background paperwork. Applicants who have a pending felony charge must resolve the situation to final disposition before consideration by the appeals committee. Also, applicants who have a disposition of adjudication withheld and have not completed the requirements of their disposition will be required to complete all aspects of their adjudication and receive final disposition before being reviewed by the appeals committee. Finally, applicants who have a disposition of adjudication withheld and have proof of final disposition will be required to go through the criminal background process and be reviewed by the appeals committee. For the safety and security of the campus and depending upon the circumstances, it may be advisable to deny application based on the applicant’s past criminal background

even if the applicant does not fall into the above categories.

Applicants with a criminal background will be reviewed on a

case-by-case basis. If you have any questions regarding your situation or the criminal background policies set in place, please feel free to contact me at and I would be happy to help. Thank you. Diana Fry - Social Marketing Specialist, UTI/MMI/NTI

@Diana F

I have a lot of felonies and I'm currently at the end of my parole.. I'll be the first to say I've made some *** choices in my life I was young and ran around with the wrong crowd.

I understand that's no excuse and I except all the blame... again these where the choices that I made.. The thing that I wanted the most was to get out of that lifestyle, a light at the end of a spiral of madness. I to have a passion for motorcycles and was interested in learning more about it mechanically the location did play a small part in not following all the way through now that I've read this I'm glad I didn't...

I did how ever enroll into Wyo Tech and had graduated with Eagle Tech honors with a grade point above 4.0 and re enrolled into the business management program and I'm currently two mod's away from receiving my associates degree in auto business. I am thankful to the Wyo Tech school for giving me the chance to put myself in an environment to change.. I only wish it could have been in the motorcycle field I would've loved to learn more. My teachers we're very helpful in learning about motorcycles as they are riders themselves...

The point that I'm trying to make is that everybody wants people who are felons change and believe me a lot of felons would love to change.. If people continue to close the doors on felons then how can we? Again I want to emphasize on the fact that these we're the choices that I made in life and nothing can change that... I wish I could go back and make the right choices but we all know that could never happen...

The one thing I can say about the dumb choices that I have made is the I learned a lot.... Your a school your job is too teach people so why wouldn't you want to embrace someone who wants to turn their lives around? There reaching out to your school for help in learning a trade and your shutting them down.. I am proud of what I have accomplished so far even with all the doors that are closed at least some people who call themselves teachers took a chance with me and are giving me the tools that I need, to help me make the change isn't that what teaching is all about?

I'm sorry your school is so hard on people who made poor choices in life but want to better themselves cause I would love to educate myself more in the motorcycle field...

I'm just trying to point out that these people are trying to change and we just need a chance. Thank you for your time if you have read this..

@ex felon

I agree and sympathize with you .. I am a retired ASE master certified tech with a felony background.

The felony was the reason I changed my life path. Because I was so good at my career as a master tech, I was always top shop tech and got top pay and respected even as a young man I had to deal with shade tree mechanics who had no respect because of my age, not because of a felony. I am teaching young men who have felonies to be mindful of automotive principles and service. They may not get a job at a top dog automotive shop ..

but with a masters in ASE you can bet they will get a good job and have a good life. Frankly we call techs (when I was in the field) from UTI un-trained idiots. Some where very good as they had a background in mechanical, but most where straight out of high school and where book smart but didn't know anything about automobiles when they graduated. I would say that at least 30% of men have felonies in this day and age but can't get a job because of a mistake made in there past.

So they have no choice but to stay criminals as that is the only option they have. If a felon can't fetch job and wants to change his path he simply can't. Things need to change to help out people and quit passing judgement or it's going to get worse. All these trade schools that are turning down people because of there past are a joke ..

all they want is the money and evidently they are making to much to turn down people who really need a life change instead of taking advantage of high school students. Enjoy the post before they delete it ..


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