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An educational institution is more than just buildings and classrooms. It’s the students and teachers who bring them to life. And a city is more than the sum of the people who work and live there. There needs to be something deeper that connects
them with each other and the geography they occupy.
At the Universal Technical Institute Houston campus, this couldn’t be more true. Houston has its own distinct character,
which can be seen in the culture and campus atmosphere at UTI Houston. For more than 38 years, this campus has empowered students, provided a space for instructors to share their passion and served the local community.
Houston might be the most populous city in Texas with 2.3 million residents, but it’s more than just the sprawl of homes and towering glass buildings that loom over the Texas plains. It’s the diverse community that gives people pride, and
for many who relocate to attend school at the UTI Houston campus, they make it their new home after they graduate. Opportunities are abundant for those in the skilled trades.
“A lot of students who come here love Houston and want to stay,” says Jimmy Jenkins, Education Manager at the UTI Houston campus. “There are a lot of students who move here and network and get jobs. They feel a real connection to the
With core programs in Automotive, Diesel, Collision Repair and Welding, as well as manufacturer-specific training relationships
with Ford, Cummins and BMW (coming in 2022), the 220,000 square-foot UTI Houston campus with 45 state-of-the-industry labs provides
the education, training and skills that help set students up for future success.1
However, UTI Houston is more than just a formal educational experience, and its reach goes beyond the expanse of the real estate that it occupies. The staff are active participants when it comes to helping enrich the lives of not only their students but
the greater community as a whole.
Some schools simply focus on the coursework. While coursework is critical, UTI Houston cares about creating opportunities for students that they might not experience anywhere else.
The 2006 Q Collegiate Power Challenge is a great example. In this challenge, students and instructors worked together, modifying cars based on a strict budget and stringent guidelines. Multiple UTI campuses, including UTI Houston, were invited to participate
in the competition for bragging rights to see which campus team would build the best car.
Through ingenuity, hard work and collaboration, UTI Houston won the overall competition, and they didn’t finish lower than second place in any of the subcategories. These accomplishments speak to the culture and values that define the campus atmosphere
at UTI Houston.
Volunteering at the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Spring Nationals gives students from UTI Houston the chance to get close to the action, as well as an opportunity to give back to the racing community.
UTI Houston has routinely brought a team of students to the event, where they are responsible for setting up the stages for the top qualifiers, taking them down, and then putting them back up for the final trophy ceremony.
Okay, so maybe it isn’t the most glamorous job in the world, but it gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the NHRA. They receive a full pass to the event, and it teaches the ethic of service and hard work.
"It's a lot of fun. I get students all access credentials so they can go anywhere and watch the races pretty much from the starting line,” Jenkins says. “We have a great partnership with the NHRA.”
The Houston Art Car Parade is the first and largest art car parade in the country, drawing people from all over the United States and the world.
Spectators on the parade route will see everything from the Batmobile to a Volkswagen Beetle with another Volkswagen Beetle mounted upside down on top of it. Once, there was even a motorized port-a-potty.
“One of the most fun things about this event is the group of people who attend,” Jenkins says. “It’s a good time every time.”
Many of the cars in the parade were modified for creative expression over functionality and, on occasion, they break down in the middle of the festivities. A team of volunteers from UTI Houston drives golf carts along the parade route so they can help
put the vehicles back in action. Whether they need a jump-start, run out of gas or break down, UTI’s amazing volunteers are there to help.
Students and staff from UTI Houston volunteer in other ways as well.
Participating in events like these helps teach students that life is about more than a career — it’s also important to give back and serve your community.
Without community, it's easy for people to disappear into a culture of isolation. Connection is important, and more often than not, people like to feel that they are connected to something bigger than themselves.
UTI Houston actively looks for opportunities to serve both on and off campus. The students and staff have played a vital role in the Houston community, and they plan on doing so for years to come.
Interested in the programs offered at UTI Houston? Visit the UTI Houston campus page or give us a call at (281) 443-6262 to ask questions or even set up a tour.
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