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New Program Aims to Reduce the Supply and Demand Imbalance for Auto Technicians in Southern California


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With U.S. businesses accelerating their hiring and Southern California's economy rebounding from COVID-19 labor disruption, regional leaders welcomed Toyota-Lexus automotive technician training program to the Inland Empire.

Universal Technical Institute announced the first local cohort of students have begun their accelerated 12-week training to complete eight Toyota and five Lexus class credentials preparing them to join one of the largest dealer networks in California.


The Toyota Professional Automotive Technician (TPAT) program delivers specialized training on both Toyota equipment and vehicles, and helps students prepare to complete certification testing by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Students receive hands-on technical training, explore high-demand career opportunities and achieve Certified Technician status for a vast Southern California Toyota and Lexus dealer network.


"Trained auto technicians are in great demand and are the key to any successful dealership," said Joseph Myers, technician development manager for the TPAT program at Toyota Motor North America. "We are grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with UTI to fulfill the pipeline of new talent while providing stable jobs and career security that aims to give vehicle owners the most satisfying service experience possible." 


"These students are receiving training in automotive technology that takes dealership technicians years to finish and the job market is eager to welcome new talent," said Migdalia "Mig" Vazquez, campus president. "This is especially true in Southern California where we have one of the most active transportation and logistics corridors in the United States."


Employers continue to express a need for hiring as the U.S. Labor Department describes a mismatch between what employers need and what trained job seekers are prepared to perform upon entering the market.


"We are thrilled to have the Toyota Professional Automotive Technician program at UTI in the Inland Empire," said Dan Johnson, senior vice president of fixed operations for Larry H. Miller Dealerships, which owns Toyota of Corona. "We have our dealership 30 minutes away from the campus and another in...

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