UTI Pays Visit to Choice High School and Technical Center

UTI, Universal Technical Institute, recently visited Choice High School and Technical Center’s Automotive Technology students with their mobile learning lab. Students had the opportunity to learn firsthand what they would doing on UTI’s campus should they elect to enroll in one of UTI’s many training programs.

UTI is a leader in technician training and is the institute of choice for many.  UTI has teamed up with more than thirty top brands to provide technician training based on the manufacturers’ own factory training program.  Their automotive industry relationships include Acura, BMW, Ford, Honda, Infiniti, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, NASCAR, Nissan, Porsche, Scion, Toyota, and Volvo.  They also offer training in Diesel (Cummins, Freightliner, International, and Western Star), Motorcycle (BMW Motorrad, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha), Marine (Honda Marine, Mercury Marine, Suzuki Marine, Volvo Penta, and Yamaha Marine) , and Collision Repair (3M, CCC, Chief, DuPont, I-CAR, Lincoln Electric, SATA, and Snap-On).

Students entering one of UTI’s programs can complete an entry-level technician program in about a year, add manufacturer training and graduate in as little as eighteen months.   Graduates are well prepared to complete ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) examinations and can substitute UTI’s training for one of the two years work experience required to become ASE certified.   

Choice High School and Technical Center’s Automotive Technology program offers a good foundation for future success in UTI’s or other automotive training programs.  Students enrolled in Choice’s automotive program explore the many aspects and career opportunities within the automotive industry.  Students are exposed to the new “high-tech” world of automobile service and repair through daily hands-on work in the classroom and opportunities to meet and learn from local and national industry partners such as UTI. 

“Three out of five days we stay in the shop and are hands-on with the vehicles and two days we are in class learning about what we are going to do in the shop,” said Josh Buster, a second year automotive student.

“It is more hands-on than book learning,” said Hunter McClung, a twelfth grade automotive student who is interested in marine automotive.  “You got to know the parts and have a feel for it.  You cannot just read it in a book, it has to be hands-on.”

Phil Litteral, the local UTI Area Representative, spoke to the students earlier in the year about the programs UTI has to offer.

“A lot of students do not realize this educational path exists,” said Litteral. 

“What we wanted to accomplish today was to bring a little bit of the flavor of the campus here to your campus,” said Vinnie Barber, UTI’s Southeastern Marketing Representative.  “We want to say here are all of things that Phil was talking about – here is what you really are going to see, touch, and feel when you are at our campus. So now you can really get a hands-on approach to it.  At the same time, we want to engage the students.  We want them to have a good time.  The main purpose is to make sure they understand STEM.  In everything we are doing and talking about even though we are having fun, we are still hammering home how important STEM skills are.”    

“This is a great opportunity for the kids to actually get to feel, touch, and see some of the stuff they do not get to see normally,” said Donald Bates, one of Choice High School and Technical Center’s Automotive Technology program instructors.

“I like that they did not just tell us about their campus; that they actually brought over some stuff to show us – physical proof; and they let us play around with it, ask questions, and be hands-on,” said Buster.  

“It was really, really cool how they could come out here and bring items that we can actually put our hands on; stuff that we are actually learning about,” said McClung.  “I also thought it was very cool about the different automobiles they work on.”

For more information on Choice High School and Technical Center’s Automotive Technology program, click here.

For more information about UTI and their programs, click here.

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