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UTI Dallas President

Jesus Miranda applies more than 22 years of education experience as Campus President at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) Dallas-Fort Worth. Miranda holds an Executive Master’s in Business Administration, focused in Business Administration and Management, General, from Texas Christian University. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Western International University. 

Miranda has spent his entire professional career at UTI. Starting as a Data Entry Specialist at the age of 18, Miranda was promoted to Employment Specialist, Advanced Training Representative, Career Services Director, Education Manager and Director of Education before assuming the Campus President role in 2013. Miranda has worked at UTI Dallas-Fort Worth since it opened in 2010. Miranda brings an extensive background in UTI campus operations to his role, including experience at the UTI Phoenix campus and UTI Exton campus. Miranda was part of the team that opened the UTI Exton campus when it was launched in Exton, Pennsylvania, in 2004. 

Miranda brought his experience of opening a new campus to his role as Director of Education at UTI Dallas-Fort Worth. UTI Dallas-Fort Worth was the first metro model for UTI campuses. The UTI Dallas-Fort Worth metro model is a smaller footprint campus, at around 100,000 square feet, that focuses on recruiting students from within 150 miles of the campus. The goal of the campus is to recruit locally, train locally and employ locally. The metro model empowers Miranda and his team to build meaningful relationships with students and surrounding employers.

Miranda’s long tenure with UTI stems from his passion for the UTI culture of changing the lives of non-traditional college students. His educational background in business and leadership have helped Miranda lead UTI Dallas-Fort Worth to maximizing campus capacity at more than 950 students. His efforts have been recognized by the “Dallas Business Journal,” which named Miranda one of its 40 Under 40 honorees for business leadership in 2015.

Miranda’s Trade School Education Philosophy

Miranda says the need for an Automotive, Diesel and Welding trade school like UTI Dallas-Fort Worth is evident because people have various preferred learning environments. Students who come to UTI Dallas-Fort Worth are interested in learning how to use both their hands and their heads, Miranda says. 

UTI Dallas-Fort Worth further reaches diverse learning styles within its student population by providing lab environment instruction, lectures with instructor-led training and online learning settings. Students use similar methods once they’re working in the industry. 

Another aspect that sets UTI Dallas-Fort Worth apart from classrooms at other trade schools is its people-focused approach. Miranda promotes a culture of instructor-student engagement on the UTI Dallas-Fort Worth campus.

“UTI tends to have a lot of employees who put others before themselves,” says Miranda. “We’ve a very unselfish organization as a whole, and that affects how we treat students and how we treat employees.

“Employees aren’t just here to collect a paycheck – they’re here to change lives,” Miranda continues. “If everyone has that mentality, we get a lot more done.”

Focus on Industry Relationships 

Miranda’s efforts to strengthen employer partnerships with UTI Dallas-Fort Worth are evident in the growth of campus career fairs. When Miranda started at the campus, up to 50 employers would come to each of the 2 large career fairs the school hosts each year. Today, more than 100 employers come to each career fair on campus.

There are additional career fairs each year, bringing around 30 employers each. These add-on career fairs may specialize in an industry, such as welding. 

Another example of increased employer interest since Miranda has become Campus President is the high demand for graduates. More employers directly contact UTI Dallas-Fort Worth to hire graduates than ever before.

Miranda’s future goals for the UTI Dallas-Fort Worth campus include to continue to maintain the maximum student population, to possibly expand and to continue to meet the growing demand in the north Texas area tied to the automotive, diesel and welding industries in one of the largest metro areas in the country. 

Connecting with the Community

Community connections are important to Miranda and those he leads. Miranda has been a board member with the education sector of the Irving Chamber of Commerce since 2013. His membership provides perspective on how UTI Dallas-Fort Worth impacts other businesses in the city, as the $30 million-plus UTI Dallas-Fort Worth campus brings in students from surrounding states and revenue to the local area.

Miranda also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2016-2019.

Outside of UTI Dallas-Fort Worth

Miranda was born in 1979 in Phoenix, Arizona. He is married to Carmen Miranda, an employment lawyer, and has step-son Andrew, age 8, and a 2-year-old daughter, Isabel. Miranda is a foodie who loves cooking and trying new restaurants and cuisines. He enjoys game nights and spending time with family.

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