Monday, 19 October 2015 18:48

Long Beach Policy, Business, Civic, Educational Leaders Celebrate Opening of New Career Technical School

The Honorable Patrick O’Donnell, California Assembly Member and Chair of the Education Committee, and Kimberly J. McWaters, Chief Executive Officer of Universal Technical Institute (UTI), will speak at a grand opening celebration to commemorate UTI’s new campus in Long Beach. Attendees include city policy makers, and civic, business and educational leaders.

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The two-story, 142,000 square-foot facility offers a state-of-the-industry education using the latest equipment and technology, and has the capacity to train 800 students in automotive, diesel and collision repair specialties. UTI has training partnerships with manufacturers of more than 30 of the world’s leading transportation brands, including BMW, Ford, General Motors, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Volvo and Honda.

“Our industry partners are telling us they cannot find enough trained technicians to fill the jobs they have and, as Baby Boomers begin to retire in droves and the number of vehicles on the road continues to grow, the gap will only widen, said Campus President Larry Hohl. “We officially began classes on August 17, and we’ve had so many people interested in a UTI education that we’ve added additional sessions and far surpassed our enrollment expectations,” Today, we have almost 300 students on campus; more than one-third of our total campus capacity.”

UTI is expanding in the greater Los Angeles area where there is both strong student demand and fast-growing employer demand. California’s Employment Development Department estimates jobs for automotive service technicians will increase by 15 percent through 2022.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Thursday, October 8, 2015 at the Universal Technical Institute, 4175 Conant Street, Long Beach CA 90808

Other special guests include City Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, Long Beach 5th District; Larry Hohl, UTI-Long Beach Campus President; Dara Dubois, Educations Programs, California Department of Education; employees at Long Beach BMW, Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach, Crown Lift Trucks, and Velocity; and inaugural UTI students, faculty and staff

The grand opening will include tours and demonstrations of the new facility, including auto, diesel, and collision repair labs.

Interviews will be available with dignitaries, UTI CEO and Campus President, and industry executives who are hiring UTI graduates. Attendees will also get the chance to hear about the strong demand for technicians and why UTI graduates are better prepared.

According to employers and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals with specialized skills are in high demand. California’s Employment Development Department estimates jobs for automotive service technicians will increase by 15 percent from 2012 through 2022. Nationwide, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that there will be more than 1.2 million jobs in the automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine industries by 2022. To reach that total, the transportation industry will have to fill more than 37,000 job openings on average every year to help meet the need. According to Crain’s Detroit Business, about half of all technicians will be eligible to retire within 15 years.

UTI is the only vocational school in the U.S. that has partnered directly with manufacturers of more than 30 top brands to create some of the most innovative and sophisticated education programs in the automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine and motorsports industries.

For more information, visit www.uti.edu. Like UTI on www.facebook.com/UTI or follow UTI on Twitter @UTITweet, @MMITweet, and @NASCARTechUTI.

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