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Helping your child choose a career can be both exciting and overwhelming. The decisions made now can greatly impact your child’s future, and it’s important to be as informed as possible when it comes to choosing a school.
At Universal Technical Institute (UTI), we understand that education is a major investment for most families. When you make an investment, it’s important to consider the return. As a parent, we want you to have all of the information necessary to feel empowered in helping your child make the best decision.
Technicians are in demand, and advancements in technology have opened the door to exciting, new opportunities. If your child likes to solve problems using his or her head and hands, and wants to train for a career without spending years in school, UTI’s accelerated programs can help get there.1 Planning for the future should be exciting — and our team is here to help you and your family every step of the way!
If your child has expressed interest in a career in the trades, you’ve probably asked yourself, “Is trade school right for my child?”
There’s no doubt that having a postsecondary education can lead to better career opportunities. However, this doesn’t always require a four-year college degree. For those who would rather work with their hands than sit in a classroom, attending
a trade school like UTI can be an excellent choice.
While traditional four-year colleges and universities often require the completion of prerequisite courses such as math, science, history and English, a trade school education dives right into curriculum designed specifically
for the student’s chosen career path. Trade schools typically offer programs that can be completed in one year or even less, which can reduce the cost spent on tuition and the time it takes to enter the workforce and
begin earning an income.
One of the biggest advantages to learning a trade is growing industry demand. Skilled technicians play in important role in our world and economy, and as the older generation of technicians retires,
a new generation of technicians trained in the latest technology will be needed to fill these openings.
UTI graduates are blazing new trails, working with leading brands and even creating companies of their own. The knowledge and skills students gain at UTI provide a strong foundation they can build upon in today’s fast-paced industry.
UTI is one of the nation’s leading providers of training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, and offers welding technology and computer numerical control (CNC) machining programs. In its 55-year-plus history,
UTI has built relationships with industry leaders and delivers training that is aligned with employer needs.
Our programs were designed for the hands-on learner looking for an accelerated path to preparing for a career. Training programs start every 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the campus, and some programs can prepare students for the professional workforce
in less than a year.7
UTI curriculum focuses on what the industry says matters most. Whether your child has no prior experience or has already worked in the industry, they will gain skills directly related to the career they’re pursuing. Learning takes place
in dynamic classroom and lab environments where students have the opportunity to train with the same tools and technologies used by technicians in the field. In addition to learning the mechanics the industry requires, students have the support
of UTI instructors and staff as they pursue a career doing what they love.
When researching options for your child’s postsecondary education, an important factor to consider is reputation. The reputation of the school your child attends speaks to the value of the education they’ll receive, which can impact the opportunities that become available to them as they enter the workforce.
UTI’s reputation is built on the quality of our training and instructors, our industry relationships and the success our grads report experiencing in their careers.
The cost of your student’s education is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a school. At UTI, we strive to put our programs within reach of everyone. We believe your family should feel in control when it comes to financing your education, which is why we share costs of your UTI tuition upfront so you can plan accordingly.
A variety of options may be available to you in order to reduce the cost of your student’s training, including financial aid, scholarships10 and grants. Additionally, some graduates could benefit from UTI’s Tuition Reimbursement Incentive Program (TRIP), which may include student loan repayment assistance, tool purchase assistance and sign-on bonuses.14
If you have questions about the financial aspect of your child’s education, we’re here to help. Our Financial Aid team can walk you and your student through every step of the process, from calculating tuition costs to applying for financial aid.
At UTI, we take great pride in the quality of our curriculum and instructors. Our curriculum was created in conjunction with leading manufacturers in order to teach students in-demand skills employers look for. This is a reason why companies trust UTI
to train the technicians they hire.
UTI’s campuses across the country provide students with the hands-on training they need to succeed as technicians in a growing industry.
A common concern among parents is that their child doesn’t know what to study after high school. As a parent, there are ways you can support them in making this decision.
If you’re wondering how to help a teenager choose a career, encourage them to explore their interests. For example, if they have always loved cars, it may be possible to turn this passion into a career as an automotive technician. Giving them space to explore different avenues can open their eyes to new possibilities.
UTI offers a variety of different programs that can prepare students for exciting careers. Whether your child is interested in automotive, diesel, motorcycle, marine, welding, collision repair or CNC machining, our programs can provide them with the training and hands-on experience needed to work in today’s industry.
UTI also offers Manufacturer-Specific Advanced Training programs that were created in conjunction with leading manufacturers.15 Students who continue on to complete specialized training after their core program can gain a competitive advantage when applying for jobs.
Whether your student lives several miles or several states away from a UTI campus, our team is here to help.
Housing Assistance representatives can help students make living arrangements by connecting them with housing options located near campus. It’s our goal to make your student feel supported and cared for, and we want you as a parent to have peace of mind knowing your student is in good hands.
By choosing to attend UTI, your child can benefit from our manufacturer, employer and aftermarket relationships. These connections give students access to industry tools and technologies, as well as opportunities to get the attention of companies participating
in our Early Employment Program (EEP).36
Many students work part-time while they complete their training. If your student is planning to work while attending UTI, they can benefit from our connections with local employers. Local employment specialists are available at each campus to assist students with searching for a job that can help cover their living expenses without interfering with their studies.
UTI also can also provide support to your student as they look for employment after graduation. Our team of specialists works with national dealerships, distributors and other employers of all sizes across the country to find potential jobs for new graduates.
Additionally, students can continue to receive support from our Career Services team long after graduation. Whether students are relocating and need work or are simply looking for that next position, we’re here to provide support as they grow in their careers.
Applying to UTI can be a simple, stress-free process with no application fee! Our new online application will walk you and your student through the process step-by-step.
If you have questions you would like answered prior to starting the application process, simply request information to get in touch with an Admissions Representative.
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1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
6) UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages.
UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
10) Financial aid and scholarships are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
13) Federal Highway Administration, Office of Highway Policy Information, Highway Statistics 2019, number of state motor vehicle registrations, https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics/2019/mv1.cfm
14) Incentive programs and employee eligibility are at the discretion of the employer and available at select locations. Special conditions may apply. Talk to potential employers to learn more about the programs available in your area. UTI is an educational
institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
15) Manufacturer-paid advanced training programs are conducted by UTI on behalf of manufacturers who determine acceptance criteria and conditions. These programs are not part of UTI’s accreditation.
36) Students enrolled in select UTI programs are eligible to apply for the Early Employment Program. Participating employers will contact selected applicants to conduct interviews. Hiring, employee retention and compensation decisions are made solely
by the prospective employer. Employer participation and program details are subject to change. For additional information, please contact Career Services. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
38) The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that total national employment in each of the following occupations by 2031 will be: Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics, 743,800; Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers, 434,900; Bus and Truck Mechanics and Diesel Engine Specialists, 305,800; Automotive Body and Related Repairers, 156,800; and Computer Numerically Controlled Tool Operators, 147,600. See Table 1.2 Employment by detailed occupation, 2021 and projected 2031, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed October 13, 2022. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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