Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Local High School Students Graduate from “Ignite” Summer Automotive Program


Three-week course offered jumpstart on exciting, high-demand careers in the automotive industry  

Rancho Cucamonga, CA. – Students from across the Inland Empire including San Bernardino City Unified School District, Chaffey Joint Union High School District, Rialto Unified School District, and more, crossed the stage at Universal Technical Institute in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, July 20. The celebration recognized the completion of a three-week course that introduced students to in-demand careers as auto technicians.

“We applaud these high school students for taking the initiative to spend their summer in our state-of-the-industry labs,” said Migdalia Vazquez-Valle, president of Universal Technical Institute’s Rancho Cucamonga campus. “This field requires dedication and these Ignite students show great potential for promising careers.”

Guided by seasoned instructors, Ignite students learned automotive basics and got hands-on to take apart and reassemble a working engine. The course concluded with a written exam to test their newfound knowledge.

One of dozens of graduating students receives a certificate of completion and congratulations from the Universal Technical Institute team.

Vice President of Field Admissions at Universal Technical Institute, Jeff Muecke, uses a measuring tape to illustrate the trajectory of life and to inspire the students.

The celebration was a family experience for students. This student was one of many supported by parents and extended family members on a special day.


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 12 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.

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1 Source: Based on data compiled from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections (2016-2026), The projected number of annual job openings, by job classification is: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 75,900; Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, 28,300; Automotive Body and Related Repairers, 17,200. Job openings include openings due to growth and net replacements.

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