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UTI Sacramento Campus President

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Tess Dubois-Carey is an accomplished leader with more than 26 years of leadership experience, including 23 years at a General Manager level or higher. Since 2009, she has been part of the Universal Technical Institute team in Sacramento, California. From 2009-2012, she served as UTI Sacramento’s Director of Admissions, then as Student Services Director from 2012-2015. 

Since 2015, Dubois-Carey has held the UTI Sacramento Campus President Role. Under Dubois-Carey’s leadership, UTI Sacramento achieved a School of Excellence Award for 2017-2018 from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). 

Dubois-Carey is active in community organizations. Since 2018, she has been a board member of North Natomas JIBE, a walk-run-ride nonprofit organization focused on creative means of transportation. She has been President of the board for JIBE since 2019. She also serves as a Board Director for the California Automotive Business Coalition.

Prior to UTI, Dubois-Carey was a leader in the hospitality industry. She has held roles such as Franchise Development Director, Regional Director of Operations and General Manager roles for companies including Marriott and Choice Hotels. Dubois-Carey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Hotel/Restaurant Management, with a minor in Marketing, from University of Houston. 

Dubois-Carey is passionate about making a difference and changing lives, which is why she thrives in the education sector. Her experience in various titles at UTI has helped her master the nuances and details that contribute to the big picture of what she leads as Campus President. Her team is comprised of around 85 instructors and UTI Sacramento employees, including in departments like Accounting, Admissions, Education, Employment Services, Facilities, Financial Aid and Student Services.  

Trade School Education Philosophy

Dubois-Carey says trade industries like automotive, diesel and collision repair are at a pivotal point of requiring trained technicians. With many retiring from the industry, the demand for those who are experts in advanced technology in the trades is high. 

Dubois-Carey states trade school education is a necessary component for the automotive industry. She adds auto, diesel and collision repair technician jobs provide great opportunities to build rewarding careers. Today’s technicians need to be sophisticated digital analysts and diagnosticians, Dubois-Carey says. That requires an industry-aligned education.

“It’s critical as a society that we identify those who are a good fit for the trades and help them see the potential in the various career paths,” says Dubois-Carey. “A 4-year degree is a great choice, but most certainly not the only choice. 

“We have many more jobs from employer partners than we can fill with graduates,” Dubois-Carey continues. “As a result, UTI has more than 4,600 employer partners nationwide that offer tuition reimbursement and other incentives.”

UTI Sacramento teaches Tech II curriculum, which includes interactive online learning components along with hands-on learning. The online learning portion of instruction helps students build a base for the technical side, giving them insight into the inner workings of vehicles before they start to work with them. /p>

Professionalism, attendance and proper uniform are also integral parts of UTI Sacramento’s culture and expectations that are in alignment with preparing graduates for industry. All staff and instructors set out to be coaches and mentors actively participating in the students’ success.

UTI Sacramento also has a peer tutor program, where students can be matched up for peer-to-peer mentoring and academic guidance. Initiatives like these align with UTI Sacramento’s goals to continually increase retention and graduation rates.

“We’re not only focused on the academics, but also on placing great emphasis on the mentoring involved with grooming individuals who are ready to work,” Dubois-Carey says.

An Integral Part of the Sacramento Community

Beyond classroom instruction, Dubois-Carey and her team foster a sense of community on campus and encourage ongoing community partnerships. For example, UTI Sacramento regularly hosts social events like student and staff barbecues, a Fool’s Fest for April Fool’s Day, a Haunted Under the Hood event, a Hotdog Hootenanny and Taco Tuesday events. Dubois-Carey says social events like these add a layer of fun and positively contribute to the overall campus culture.

The campus has also been focused on offering life skills seminars to help students gain knowledge beyond technical skills. Life skill presenter organizations have included Mothers Against Drunk Driving, California Highway Patrol, Planned Parenthood and Financial Planners.  

One way UTI Sacramento has been a good steward in the community has been allowing organizations to host events on campus. Examples include the campus being used as a voting location, for music recitals for local schools, for HOA meetings, for Chamber of Commerce events, for a California Teachers Association event, for car shows, for city negotiation meetings and for California Highway Patrol training. 

In addition, the campus has partnered with blood donation organization BloodSource for many years and has hosted ongoing blood drive events. UTI Sacramento’s partnership with the JIBE organization has brought the Bike Doc event to the campus, which allows students, staff and community members to fix their bicycles for free.

“When you have a strong culture and people are happy with what they do, there’s a strong sense community on campus,” Dubois-Carey says. “We’re all here to help our students be successful and move on to the career of their choice.” 

Beyond UTI Sacramento

Dubois-Carey grew up on the East Coast and currently resides in the Sacramento area. She survives her late husband of 18 years, Frank John Carey, and has 2 children, Yvette and Robbie. 

When she’s not working, Dubois-Carey enjoys fitness, yoga, walking, reading, gardening and cooking. She loves taking her children on weekend trips, going to the ocean and exploring nature.

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