Feb. 14, 2018—The Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is launching "Ignite," a free summer program to train high school juniors in fundamental transportation technician skills.
Participating students receive intensive, hands-on training and are prepared for testing to receive UTI course credit once enrolled. Ignite will be offered at each of UTI's 12 campuses nationwide.
During the program's two 3-week courses, Ignite participants are given a glimpse into the world of automotive, diesel, collision repair or motorcycle training—an introductory sample of the programs completed by traditional UTI students.
The Ignite curriculum emphasizes the high-tech nature of today's transportation industry. Students explore career opportunities in the transportation field while meeting UTI graduates and local employers.
In 2017, UTI piloted the Ignite program at three campuses: Avondale, Ariz; Houston; and Orlando. Each of the programs had strong interest among students, a large percentage of whom also indicated their intention to return to UTI as a full-time student upon graduating high school.
Industry demand for trained transportation technicians continues to accelerate. Most recently, the federal government tripled its estimate for the number of transportation technicians needed nationwide by 2026.
According to new projections, there will be more than 1.2 million job openings in the automotive, diesel and collision repair industries. To help reach that total, the transportation industry will have to fill more than 120,000 technician job openings annually on average.
The Ignite program is now accepting applications across UTI's 12 campuses. For more information or to enroll, visit UTI's website.