UTI launches new GM-specific training program at Avondale campus

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Universal Technical Institute is launching a special one-of-a-kind training program for General Motors Co. that's designed to create a steady flow of highly skilled, workplace-ready technicians for GM dealers and affiliates across the country.

Initially available only at UTI's Avondale campus, the 12-week manufacturer-specific training program will help fill a nationwide shortage of professional automotive service technicians, including an estimated 2,500 technicians needed at GM dealerships each year. "We are very excited about this partnership," UTI-Avondale President Mike Romano said. "We've been working toward this relationship for the last 10 years."

Students who complete the elective in-depth course will receive credit toward GM certification.

"That could give them a five- to 10-year jump-start out there in the industry," Romano said.

Cars today are more technically complex than ever so specialized knowledge is essential to a forward-moving career.

"Just going out there with an automotive degree nowadays is not enough for these students to really excel their careers," Romano said.

The new GM-specific program will give students the chance to hit the ground running when it comes time to find a job.

There are more than 60,000 dealerships in the United States and the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts approximately 125,000 new jobs nationally.

For more information about the GM training program and other course options, go to UTI.edu.