Hoskins explained, "Students complete their interactive online learning (IOL), which allows them to watch an instructor tear apart an engine or work on a transmission before attending a lecture or attempting it themselves.”
Although training certificates and GPA are important factors in the hiring process, Hoskins said employers are also interested in soft skills.
“The first two things every employer wants is strong attendance and professionalism, so we grade on both and recognize high achievement,” she said.
As part of their training for a professional environment, Hoskins said students are required to wear a uniform to class. It’s a UTI-branded button-up shirt, which needs to be tucked into their pants.
“Students must wear safety glasses in the labs at all times, and have to keep long hair pulled back,” she said. “These are all industry expectations.”
Hoskins said UTI’s emphasis on workplace standards in the classroom sets them apart from other technical schools.
According to Hoskins, UTI’s approach is working. In the almost two years since it launched in August 2015, UTI-Long Beach has nearly reached its 800-student capacity.
“The number is increasing as the word gets out, which is really nice to see,” Hoskins said. “It’s not just male students either. We have a small but steadily increasing number of female students. We attribute part of that growth to how many female employees we have at UTI, including our CEO, which we believe encourages prospective students.”
The education director said the typical age range for students is 18-25.
“Forty percent of students are directly out of high school,” she explained. “The remaining portion may have tried traditional college or worked in another industry, and now they’re looking for a new opportunity with real income potential.”
As far as collision repair, UTI Long Beach offers a variety of courses and certifications for all levels.