Rep. Jeanne Ives Talks Pathways to Careers for Veterans
State Rep. Visits Universal Technical Institute
Glendale Heights, Ill. (Feb. 19, 2013)- Illinois State Representative Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) visited the Glendale Heights campus of Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in February to learn more about the career training the school provides, its outreach to the veteran community and its upcoming relocation to Lisle.
“We have a jobs crisis in this state and I’m proud to have an employment engine like UTI agreeing to a long-term commitment to my district with a new state-of-the-industry campus along the tollway,” said Rep. Ives. “Aside from the benefits of the economic investment, I was very pleased to learn about UTI’s outreach to the veteran community, because we have to do more to help our nation’s heroes get jobs when they complete their service.”
Ives, a veteran herself, graduated from West Point and served as a transportation logistics officer. During her visit to UTI, she was briefed on the school’s efforts to reach out to and provide opportunities for veterans to get the skills, certifications and diplomas they need to work in the automotive industry. Across its 11 campuses throughout the nation, UTI has teamed with more than 30 top brands to create curricula tailored to its students. The new Lisle campus will offer five manufacturer-specific training programs.
“Veterans have served our nation with honor and we work every day to make sure that our educational experience is the best, so that we are not only the industry’s choice, we are also veterans’ choice,” said Julie Mueller, campus president of UTI Glendale Heights. “We’ve worked hard to establish our partnerships with employers to ensure all of our students, including veterans, recent graduates or individuals looking for a career change, can attain the latest skills and certifications necessary to be qualified and compete for jobs in industry.”
Despite sluggish projections for overall economic growth, the collision, automotive, motorcycle and marine industries are forecast to have steady demand for jobs in the years ahead. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that by 2018, the nation will need 1.3 million skilled workers in the collision, automotive, motorcycle and marine industries.
“I believe we have a model in our own backyard- based completely in the private sector- that is part of the solution to lower unemployment in DuPage County and throughout Illinois,” continued Rep. Ives. “We need to train people for jobs that are available, by involving the employer and the industrial community in the process, and UTI does that. I wish the school and its students continued success as they move forward in their new phase in Lisle.”
In 2012, UTI agreed to operate a new Midwest Region Campus in Lisle, which facilitated a minimum of $35 million investment in a long-vacant property along the I-88 tollway. The development of an up-to 187,000 square foot state-of-the-industry UTI campus is forecasted to create up to 300 jobs in the construction and building trades. The new campus will have capacity for up to 1,500 students and 150 employees.
About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.:
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 160,000 graduates in its 47-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education 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). For more information visit www.uti.edu. Like UTI on www.facebook.com/UTI or follow UTI on Twitter @UTITweet, @MMITweet, and @NASCARTechUTI.