Another way UTI Long Beach prepares students is by hosting career fairs. The most recent event was held in early March.
“Attendees got to meet with 23 employers,” Hoskins said. “Fifty interviews were conducted and 15 job offers were made onsite.”
UTI has more than 30 OEM partnerships, including BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Nissan.
“We host three to four career fairs each year and two to three job fairs a year,” said UTI-Long Beach Campus Employment Services Director Jennifer Pritchard, who has worked in her field for 13 years. “We often try to have employers come to campus to do presentations to help expand the students’ knowledge base on that particular brand, and then when an OEM has an opening, we try to schedule an on-campus interview.”
Pritchard said she’s received a “fantastic” response from both parties.
“The students are able to be on campus on their home turf and connect with an employer, while the employer is able to be in one spot and connect with multiple potential employees,” she explained. “It’s a win-win.”
On April 19, one of the technical school’s partners - INFINITI - launched its one-of-a-kind advanced industry training program exclusively for UTI students.
According to a press release, “Graduates of UTI’s core automotive technology program can apply for the 18-week INFINITI Technician Training Academy (ITTA) program. If they are selected and commit to working with an INFINITI USA retailer once they graduate, INFINITI will pay their tuition for the ITTA program in full.”
UTI-Long Beach offers opportunities for local high school students. On March 11, 2017, 10 high schools in the greater Los Angeles district were represented at UTI’s Top Tech Automotive Skills Competition.
Two-person teams competed in written and hands-on testing on vehicle parts, brakes, diagnostics and electrical systems for a chance to win UTI scholarships.
Both members of the top three student teams received UTI scholarships of $10,000, $7,500, and $5,000 for first through third place, respectively. Each team’s school received Snap-On® tool sets that range in value from $1,379 up to $2,365 for the winning team.
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