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Friday, 09 February 2018 00:15

Roadtrip Nation, UTI-Long Beach, CA, Host Tech Career Event

Students got up close and personal with the colorful hot rods used in campus’ high‑performance Dyno lab. Students got up close and personal with the colorful hot rods used in campus’ high‑performance Dyno lab.

On Feb. 7, the Long Beach, CA, campus of Universal Technical Institute (UTI) hosted a special tech career-focused event featuring Roadtrip Nation’s new documentary, “Changing Gears,” for more than 250 Los Angeles, Long Beach and Orange County high schoolers, teachers and other school leaders.

Roadtrip Nation is renowned for its New York Times bestselling career guide and award-winning documentary television series.


“Changing Gears,” which had aired on public television stations in California and nationally during the prior three months, follows three aspiring technicians on a 1,000-mile journey that introduces them to legendary car enthusiasts and automotive and diesel technicians, including Roger Penske, an icon in racing and CEO of the world’s second-largest automotive retail group; Sarah “Bogi” Lateiner, UTI graduate and host of the Velocity television series “All Girls Garage”; and Dennis McCarthy, picture car coordinator for the Fast & Furious film franchise.


“A common theme throughout the event was the value of looking at education differently. The ‘Changing Gears’ documentary featured three students who were considering a technical education and sought out figures in the auto and diesel industries to learn about their path to career success,” said Larry Hohl, president of the UTI-Long Beach campus. “The guest speakers reinforced the point that a promising career can be achieved through multiple viable career paths. Not everyone is meant to pursue the traditional college route, and our California employer partners have many more jobs for UTI-trained technicians than we can fill.”


In addition to screening excerpts from the film and hearing from one of the three technicians, Roadtripper Alexandra “Alex” Burton, the event offered attendees an opportunity to visit the campus’ high‑performance Dyno lab and tour the state-of-the-industry facilities to learn more about careers in the automotive and diesel industries. In addition, attendees toured inside Roadtrip Nation’s iconic 1985 green RV to see the actual vehicle from the documentary.


The Roadtrip Nation trip was sponsored by Universal Technical Institute and the TechForce Foundation. Click here for your own sneak peek of the trailer:


In addition to the film screening, high schoolers heard from and met with recent UTI graduates who are working in the auto, diesel or collision industry, as well as local employer partners to learn more about the demand for automotive and diesel technicians in the greater Los Angeles and Orange County area.


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