Universal Technical Institute and Imagine America Foundation Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Scholarship Program

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12,000 scholarships worth more than $17M awarded to UTI students since 2002

PHOENIX, November 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Technical Institute (UTI) partnered with the Imagine America Foundation (IAF) more than 20 years ago and together reached the milestone of 12,000 scholarships awarded to UTI students between 2009 and 2022. This fall, other $1,000 IAF scholarships have been distributed to a diverse group of applicants, including military personnel, veterans, career-transitioning adults, and recent high school graduates, all enrolled at UTI.

“UTI has been a full partner of the Imagine America Foundation for two decades,” said Robert Martin, President and CEO of the Imagine America Foundation. “Since our inception in 1982, we have focused on vocational training and ensuring that students acquire the skills and professional qualifications needed to meet industry standards and employer requirements, which now also includes the servicing electric vehicles. We work closely with employers to understand their needs, as does UTI. The longevity of the relationship between our two organizations is a testament to the ongoing benefits it creates for everyone involved.

“As one of our longtime relationships, the Imagine America Foundation is a tremendous advocate for career colleges like ours, and we truly appreciate the work they do,” said the CEO of UTI. Jerome Grant. “The thousands of graduates who have received scholarships from the foundation are now contributing to the workforce in the transportation industry and beyond, and more scholars are attending UTI this fall. It’s a win-win situation. -winner for UTI students and our partner employers, who are looking for trained technicians.

The Imagine America Foundation offers scholarships to prospective students pursuing careers in aeronautics and avionics, automotive service, CNC machinery, diesel engine servicing, maintenance and HVAC repair, motorcycle maintenance and welding. UTI offers programs in a number of these areas and continues to roll out updated training programs that address students’ interests in electric vehicles. This includes an updated electric vehicle curriculum in its automotive technology program, as well as in its manufacturer-specific advanced training (MSAT) programs like Ford FACT and Volvo TEKNIKER.

Currently, labor demand in the transportation industry is significant nationwide, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating a combined average of more than 146,000 new openings each year for jobs in automotive, diesel and welding in the United States.[1]

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

Founded in 1965 and based in Phoenix, Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) is dedicated to serving our students, partners, and communities by providing quality education and support services for in-demand careers. Approximately 250,000 students graduate from one of UTI’s 16 campuses located in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. UTI’s campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Professional Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), while its employer-aligned technical training programs are offered under four brands: Universal Technical Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute/Marine Mechanics Institute, NASCAR Technical Institute and MIAT College. of Technology. For more information and a complete list of all programs offered, please visit www.uti.edu or follow on LinkedIn @UniversalTechnicalInstitute and Twitter @news_UTI.

About the Imagine America Foundation

The Imagine America Foundation was established in 1982 as the Career College Foundation. Since then, the IAF has become the most trusted voice in the career college industry, providing research, scholarship, and employment services to career college students nationwide. This industry has seen many changes over our long history, which is why we work directly with high schools and career colleges to respond to industry trends, connect with their student communities, and increase student retention, even in an ever-changing industry. .

What remains constant is our focus on vocational training and ensuring that students acquire the skills and professional qualifications needed to meet industry standards and employer requirements. We succeed because we work closely with employers to understand their needs and with schools that offer relevant and affordable training programs.

Our dedication to students is to help them find programs to achieve their goals, succeed in school, and pay for their education through our scholarship and grant programs:

Career college students received more than $200 million in scholarships and awards through the Imagine America Foundation!

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1 The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the national average of annual job openings in each of the following occupations between 2020 and 2030 will be: automotive service technicians and mechanics, 69,000; Bus and truck mechanics and diesel engine specialists, 28,100. Job openings include openings due to net employment changes and net replacements. See Table 1.10 Occupational separations and openings, projected 2020–30, US Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, accessed November 18, 2021. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.

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