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Most students at Newgate learn best by doing. They thrive because we provide auto body and mechanic training in a hands-on setting. The benefits of this approach are especially true for students who couldn’t reach their full potential in a traditional school setting. Once they’re enrolled at Newgate in Minneapolis, MN, things change for the better.

Some students left high school before graduation and now wish to learn technical skills to move into career employment. Others are immigrants or sons and daughters of immigrants. Some struggle with English but are able to learn with Newgate’s hands-on training. Still others are referred by social or educational agencies. All our students are at lower income levels and struggle to financially support themselves and their families.

Despite their varied backgrounds, Newgate's students work together toward the common goal of training for their futures. They are on the path toward careers as auto body technicians and automobile mechanics with good pay and expanding job opportunities. After 12 to 18 months of training, they’ll leave Newgate equipped to launch their careers as full-time employees in the auto industry, providing financial security for their families and becoming thriving citizens in the community.

Learn more about our auto body or auto mechanic programs as well as our training approaches by contacting us at 612-378-0177 or

If you want to support Newgate’s work and students, please consider donating your vehicle, for which you will receive a tax deduction. This will give our students a tangible work project, and the sale of donated automobiles cover our school’s expenses.


Congratulations are in order for Robins as he graduates from Auto Body training! Right from day one, Robins proved he was hard-working and mechanically inclined. His great attitude and fun personality added a lot to the school and the program. And perfect, yes perfect, attendance was an extraordinary achievement and went a long way towards providing multiple opportunities for employment. Robins received 4 total job offers and decided to accept an apprenticeship at Heppner’s Auto Body Midway location. You definitely want this guy fixing your car. Heppner's is lucky to have an exceptional young man like this working for them.

Congratulations, Robins, from all of us at Newgate School. We wish you great success in your automotive career!

Please keep donating your vehicles to our training program so we can continue to turn out great automotive technicians like Robins and keep the automotive service industry alive!


Beatriz came to Newgate School after spending 4 years in the Marines learning electronics. While she enjoyed the work, it wasn't something she wanted to do long-term. When she heard about Newgate's Auto Mechanics training, she was excited about the prospects of learning that trade. Beatriz was an awesome addition to the student roster. She's a very focused student with a knack for problem-solving. Give her a tough diagnostic, and she was able to put her head down, work independently, and persevere until she understood the problem and got it fixed!


She's now hired at Heppner's Auto Body, learning and working in their Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS). She will be primarily focused on collision avoidance technology and driver aids, such as night vision, driver alertness, and adaptive cruise control. It's a great opportunity to work in an emerging aspect of the automotive industry. Her background in electronics and her training at Newgate gives her a real advantage to move up in this career pathway.