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Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Test Drive Career Opportunities in the World of Auto, Diesel and Welding

Barstow troop visits Universal Technical Institute-Rancho Cucamonga for hands-on career exploration

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2019) – More than 20 Girl Scouts from the San Gorgonio Council visited Universal Technical Institute-Rancho Cucamonga, a high-tech welding, automotive and diesel technician school in Rancho Cucamonga, for a day of hands-on learning. The scouts traveled nearly 75 miles from Barstow Middle School and Barstow STEM Academy as part of the Girl Scout’s Classroom to Career program, which creates opportunities for students to experience what different career paths are like.

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Girl Scouts stop at the T-Buckets during their tour of the Roush Yates Power & Performance Lab.

“Early exposure to STEM learning is crucial for the success of our future workforce, which is why we offer our campus as a resource for Girl Scout field trips,” said UTI Rancho Cucamonga Campus President Migdalia Vasquez-Valle. “Opportunities like this give us the chance to motivate and excite the next generation of women to pursue a career in STEM.”

A UTI welding student assists the Girl Scouts as they try out the Lincoln Electric Virtual Reality Welding Machine.

During the visit, the Girl Scouts toured the state-of-the-industry campus to see how future technicians are trained. They experienced virtual reality machines in the welding program, measured a vehicle’s power and performance with the dynamometer, and even got to build and engineer their own miniature motors.

The Girl Scouts are all smiles learning how to build their own miniature motors.

“For many of the girls, this is the first time they were able to see how skilled automotive technicians are trained and just how high tech this career has become,” said Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council Program Facilitator Cher Martin.

The Girl Scouts Classroom to Career program was designed to inspire girls through Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) activities to break through barriers and help them find the career of their dreams.


About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

With more than 200,000 graduates in its 53-year history, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the nation’s leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, and offers welding technology and computer numerical control (CNC) machining programs. The company has built partnerships with industry leaders, outfits its state-of-the-industry facilities with current technology, and delivers training that is aligned with employer needs. Through its network of 13 campuses nationwide, UTI offers post-secondary programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). The company is headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona. For more information, visit

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