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UTI Rancho Cucamonga President

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Biography

Migdalia “Mig” Vazquez has more than 28 years of experience as a leader in education, bringing a passion for career development, coaching and instructional design to every role she takes. Since 2018, Vazquez has served as Campus President for Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Prior to her promotion to Campus President, Vazquez served as Director of Operations – Education and Director of Admissions at UTI Rancho Cucamonga in her more than 17 years with UTI. In 2006 and 2007, Vazquez won the Campus Admissions Director Sales Award each year.

Vazquez has worked in education since 1992, working in Student Services Director and Admissions Representative positions for colleges in southern California. The unique nature of watching students’ lives transform and being able to encourage people to pursue their dreams and have a career, versus just a job, has kept Vazquez entrenched and curious about the education field for nearly three decades.

Vazquez brings a people-centered approach to her role as UTI Rancho Cucamonga Campus President. Vazquez translates the importance of productivity and sound educational outcomes into community-building on campus, working closely with instructors to meet emerging student needs.

Vazquez plays an instrumental role in student retention efforts and campus-wide initiatives to drive student engagement. UTI Rancho Cucamonga regularly hosts student car show events, including car contests, and student appreciation events that recognize students for their achievements. The “In the Driver’s Seat” events at UTI Rancho Cucamonga give students the opportunity to learn more about subjects they’re interested in before graduation, through events and talks from professionals and UTI graduates working in the industry.

UTI Rancho Cucamonga is also a participant in a Techs for Vets program, raising money and goods for those serving in the U.S. military. The campus also plans to participate in and plan community walks to raise funds for causes such as breast cancer awareness.

Vazquez’s Philosophy on Trade School Education

According to Vazquez, there must be opportunities for students who want to pursue careers but who are not receptive to traditional academic, lecture and testing settings. Vazquez believes there should be a seat at the table for all types of training, including technical and trade schools.

Vazquez says students should be able to pursue any path that lends itself to their learning style. Many UTI graduates started on the traditional university route before finding their true career calling and learning environment of choice at UTI Rancho Cucamonga.

Vazquez leads with the philosophy of keeping people at the core of all UTI Rancho Cucamonga operations. In the classroom, Vazquez promotes a student-first teaching outlook. That means in addition to teaching the appropriate curriculum, instructors are expected to give students a sense of belonging at school. Vazquez says the intrinsic benefits of studying at UTI Rancho Cucamonga, such as the professionalism students learn and the motivation they develop to grow their careers, are just as important as the technical training they receive.

Industry Partnerships

UTI Rancho Cucamonga continues in the UTI tradition of prioritizing the quality of student education, evident in the Automotive, Diesel and Welding programs offered on the UTI Rancho Cucamonga campus. Vazquez and her team form industry partnerships that directly influence curriculum and training, enabling UTI graduates to continue to be the industry’s top choice in technician training.

UTI Rancho Cucamonga, located in a suburb of the nation’s second-most densely populated city of Los Angeles, is close to a major diesel hub. According to Vazquez, the location of the campus provides students with ample career opportunities in diesel, as well as automotive and welding, due to the metropolis surroundings.

UTI Rancho Cucamonga Community Outreach

Vazquez has been a member of the Inland Empire Economic Partnership since 2016, building relationships with education, transportation and logistics councils. UTI Rancho Cucamonga is active in community policy meetings, working on behalf of students, instructors and administrators while promoting the campus trade school opportunities available to the community.

UTI Rancho Cucamonga is also active in the community through its graduates. Successful UTI graduates connect with elected district and local leaders on campus tours. Graduates also frequently share their experiences with current UTI Rancho Cucamonga students, at local community events and in relevant media opportunities.

Beyond the Campus President Role

Vazquez holds a Bachelor of Science in Business degree from the University of Phoenix and an Associate of Science degree in Fashion Merchandise Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. While in fashion school, Vazquez considered a career as a shoe designer. As a college student, she started working in education, which ignited her interest in that field and became her chosen career path.

Vazquez was born in 1969 in Los Angeles, California, to Mexican parents and is fluent in English and Spanish. Vazquez and her husband Gustavo Valle have been married for 21 years. They have an 11-year-old daughter, Dalia. Vazquez and her family enjoy beach camping, hiking and being active outdoors. Vazquez recently ran her first 5K in Huntington Beach and is training for a 10K race.