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Mooresville is also known as Race City USA. The small community about 28 miles from Charlotte is home to many NASCAR professional teams and drivers. Charlotte is the home of NASCAR Plaza, which includes the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the site where NASCAR.com
The Mooresville location enables students to become part of the NASCAR community by offering an honors course, an exclusive student-built spec engine program, in which a
select number of students who qualify are able to build engines that compete in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division.
In the professional day-to-day world of NASCAR, the Mooresville campus’ presence is strong. John says NASCAR Tech graduates are on practically every team out there.
“We've certainly become the chosen resource for all aspects of motor sports in filling the talent pipeline,”6 John says.
Because the NASCAR Technician Training program at the Mooresville campus is an elective, students who enter the NASCAR mechanic school will first need to complete automotive
core program training, either at NASCAR Technical Institute or at another UTI campus.
John says about 80% of students who attend NASCAR Tech plan to work in dealerships after graduation.5 The MSAT programs that are offered provide students with the opportunity to dive deeper into diagnostics and master particular brands.
Jennifer Bergeron, NASCAR Technical Institute campus president who has been with the school in various roles since it opened, says even with the auto courses offered at the campus, there tends to be a high-performance and motor sports infusion in the
courses. While the curriculum is consistent with UTI training nationwide, some of the tools and training Mooresville offers is focused more on high performance because of the brand relationships the campus has.
The CNC Machining Technology program is also unique to the Mooresville campus, as it is the only UTI campus to offer the program. The CNC program was introduced in 2017, with the first class of graduates completing the program in April 2018. No automotive prerequisites are required to enroll in the program.
CNC machines produce everything from cell phones to golf clubs to high-performing engine parts. Doug Yates, president and CEO of Roush Yates Engines in Mooresville, approached NASCAR Tech about the need for quality CNC technicians. NASCAR Tech decided to create the 36-week CNC Machining program, which trains graduates to work in diverse industries that use CNC machinery,
including automotive, health care and aerospace.
Jennifer says the CNC program is a terrific complement to NASCAR Tech’s traditional focus on transportation industries.
“It transcends so many fields and opens up so many opportunities for students,” Jennifer says. “This is an incredible field and really high-tech for students to pursue.”
Jennifer says NASCAR Tech hopes to educate more high school students about the career possibilities in the growing CNC field, as well as attract those who may be interested in pursuing a rewarding career change.
CNC, like all programs at NASCAR Tech, is taught by instructors who have years of experience in the field. As Education Manager Glenn Feiste explains, being able to learn from industry veterans makes a difference in training.
Like John, Glenn has decades of experience in the professional racing industry. He was an engine builder for Kyle Petty and Petty Enterprises and built IndyCar engines, among other diverse racing experiences.
He began working at NASCAR Tech in 2003, and knew John and John’s brothers from their NASCAR days. Glenn helped John develop the NASCAR curriculum at NASCAR Tech and was an instructor for about a year before becoming education manager. Today, he
oversees instructors and manages courses on campus.
“There’s an innate pleasure in passing on to others what smart old men have taught me,” Glenn says. “When I started out and was real young in car racing, I learned a lot from the men who mentored me and showed me how to do things.
Details are important. Now, it gives pleasure to mentor or help a person, and they go on to be successful.”
Glenn says he is often approached by parents at graduation who tell him how their son or daughter has radically changed in the year or so they have been at the school. He frequently hears that students become more mature, grown-up and adept at life skills
at NASCAR Tech, which makes him proud.
“It's not all about the bookwork or black-and-white letters on a piece of paper,” Glenn says. “You change people’s lives. They’re more professional and polished and confident.”
Glenn adds that if a passion for racing, automotive or another field is in a student’s blood, hard work and dedication can help them fulfill their dreams.
“If your passion is something involved with automotive, no matter what that is, there’s a way here to open the door to become involved in that field, whether it’s car racing, NASCAR or any type of racing, or you want to be the top tech
at a dealership,” Glenn says. “There are multiple avenues, multiple doors and multiple halls of opportunity to achieve that goal.”
Beyond the expert training students at NASCAR Tech receive, they also become connected with a team that’s in their corner to help them succeed.
The NASCAR Tech team is there to help students with relocation and housing assistance, and there are
several student organizations on campus geared toward creating memorable experiences for students. We also have a Veterans’ Lounge, where
our military veteran students can connect with each other in a dedicated space just for them.
“Between education and student services, there’s an incredible partnership and level of communication to ensure every student gets what they need, regardless of the issue,” Jennifer says. “Instructors take it upon themselves to
meet with students, and tutoring is always available.
“If an instructor lets us know there might be a concern with a particular student or uncharacteristic behavior, we have an adviser team dialed in who will reach out to the student and will see what's going on to see if they can be of any support
or assistance,” she says.
Jennifer continues: “We try to do something every month that involves students. We want to create a strong sense of community where students feel included.”
NASCAR Tech’s Student Services team continuously seeks out opportunities for student activities, entertainment, and community volunteering, like drag race and Go-Pro go-kart events; discounted event tickets when available; blood drives for community
blood banks; and Adopt-A-Highway sponsorships, just to name a few.
Jennifer says that because at least two-thirds of students relocate to attend school at NASCAR Tech, making sure students feel at home is key. She says student achievement is the core focus of any UTI campus, and the inclusive culture at NASCAR Tech is
“Whether it’s through a club or through everyone’s willingness to help students, at the end of the day, from Facilities to IT to Financial Aid, everyone puts student needs as their number one priority,” Jennifer says. “It
doesn't matter what the issue is. We’re available to students. We say that, we mean it, and we do it.”
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5) UTI programs prepare graduates for careers in industries using the provided training, primarily as automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a technician, such as: parts associate, service writer, fabricator, paint and paint prep, and shop owner/operator. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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24) NASCAR Technical Institute prepares graduates to work as entry-level automotive service technicians. Some graduates who take NASCAR-specific electives also may have job opportunities in racing-related industries. NASCAR Tech is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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