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Transitioning Military Service Members Select Diesel Tech Career Program at Fort Bliss With UTI and Premier Truck Group

Nov 18, 2022 ·

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UTI has a deep and long-standing commitment to serve and support our country's veterans through quality education and potential career opportunities. That’s why, in early 2021, Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and Premier Truck Group (PTG) developed a 12-week program on base which provides industry-aligned training that leads directly to employment with PTG for retiring military.1,2 In this blog, we introduce you to two veterans who have graduated from the program.

Introducing Yusef Davis, USA Sergeant First Class(E-7) Ret.

Yusef Davis, USA Sergeant First Class(E-7) Ret., was a mechanic and single parent when he first joined the Army National Guard in 1997 and quickly decided to transfer to active duty. As his career was winding down while stationed at Ft. Bragg in North Carolina, Davis considered enrolling at UTI’s Morrisville, North Carolina, campus but decided he wanted to move west. He transferred to Ft. Bliss, and the first day he was on base, UTI was recruiting soldiers for the program.

“The PTG Diesel Tech Career Program was the perfect fit for me as a mechanic and retiree,” commented Davis. “I knew this would give me piece of mind providing additional training and job opportunities upon graduation, and open doors for me. I’m where I want to be.”

Davis graduated in February 2022 and started employment at one of PTG’s Dallas dealerships in April. In May, after deciding to continue his studies while working for PTG, Davis used his GI Bill® and a Salute to Heroes scholarship to enroll at UTI Dallas in the Auto Diesel and Diesel Technician II programs.21 He will graduate from UTI with an Associate Degree in Occupational Studies. Davis is also pursuing a technical management degree online from Southern New Hampshire University when he’s not at work or taking classes at UTI. Life is pretty busy for him.

Introducing Lance Henson, PTG Diesel Tech Career Program Instructor at Ft. Bliss and USA Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) Ret.

Lance Henson is a PTG diesel tech career program instructor at Ft. Bliss and USA Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) Ret. With extensive experience with trucks and other military vehicles as well as tactical weapons, A/C systems and welding, Lance attended the UTI Finish First Program in Avondale, Arizona, to become an instructor and certified in the Freightliner systems.

“Being an instructor allows me to give back to veterans, and this was a perfect way to serve them,” said Henson. “The program is a perfect situation that eases soldiers into life after the Army knowing they have a career opportunity and resources to help them.”

The PTG Diesel Tech Career Program curriculum includes hands-on technical training that focuses on diagnostic paths and service technologies unique to PTG. Graduates from the Program at Fort Bliss join the ranks of PTG's nearly 2,700 employees, including approximately 850 technicians. The company spans 39 commercial truck locations across the United States and Canada.

Call to Action

UTI and PTG appreciate our military members’ service and sacrifice. It’s our turn to help them in civilian life. Service members interested in applying for the next program or learning more may send an email to premiertruckbliss@uti.edu or call 915-471-6351.

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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.

2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.

21) GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.

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