Tuesday, 29 September 2020 19:44

UTI’s Blended Training Model Leads to Employment for Graduates


As the pandemic continues to deliver a colossal shock to the economy, with weekly unemployment claims increasing to 870,000 for the week ending Sept. 19 and topping an unprecedented 700,000 each week for more than six months, Universal Technical Institute's pandemic response plan and blended training model are delivering results, with graduates finding employment across the nation.

"In a time of extraordinary challenges, our students are completing their education and going to work," said Jerome A. Grant, CEO. "The fact that there are good jobs waiting for our graduates speaks to industry's urgent demand for skilled technicians and the quality of our industry-aligned education model."


The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimated pre-pandemic there will be more than 110,000 job openings for automotive, diesel and collision repair technicians on average annually across the U.S. through 2028. In an economic downturn, people and businesses keep their vehicles longer and trained technicians remain in demand to maintain and service them.


To meet employer demand and support students in continuing their educations during the pandemic, UTI transitioned its on-campus, in-person training to a blended format, and has built and continues to enhance a model that blends online, instructor-delivered teaching and demonstrations with hands-on training in campus labs that meet health authority guidelines.


The blended model prepares UTI students for high-tech careers, requiring hands-on and digital skills, and for upskilling on the job, as employers train on new technology online and virtually.


Corey Vanderploeg was four weeks from graduation when the pandemic hit, and completed his training in UTI's blended model, using a HEERF CARES Act emergency grant to help support himself and stay in school. He graduated from UTI-Avondale's diesel program in June and immediately went to work as a technician with Pape Machinery in Portland, OR. 

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