Monday, 23 December 2019 07:37

AASP/NJ Looks to Partner With UTI to Employ Collision and Automotive Program Graduates

AASP/NJ leaders recently received a tour of the Bloomfield, NJ, campus of the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) as the association seeks to partner with the school to help graduates obtain employment with member shops as part of its continued focus on promoting automotive and collision repair industry careers to young people.

AASP/NJ Executive Director Charles Bryant stated, “Our tour of the UTI trade school was an unbelievable experience for me and a real eye opener. It was amazing to see the modern technology and equipment the institute has available to train the students.”


Bryan was accompanied on the tour by AASP/NJ Mechanical Chairman Keith Krehel to learn more about UTI’s educational and career placement programs. UTI has 11 campuses across the United States, several of which offer automotive and collision repair training. Opened 18 months ago, the Bloomfield campus offers a 51-week course for automotive technicians.


Krehel shared, "As a former high school auto shop instructor, I was very impressed. The facility was neat, clean and well organized. The students I observed were focused on classroom activities while the teaching aids and hands-on workstations were state of the art. This school is 'top shelf.' We would be proud to play a role in helping place graduates in our various member facilities for automotive mechanical and collision work."


“Each section of the institute was more exciting than the last, and all that we learned while there will help AASP/NJ assist our members including the possibility of creating a partnership of sorts in order to post job openings on their website,” Bryant added. “We are presently considering how all we learned can be turned into a benefit for our members. Stay tuned to hear more shortly.”


For more information on AASP/NJ, visit aaspnj.org.