April 1, 2014
Students, instructors and representatives from Penske Truck Leasing gathered at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) April 1 for a grand opening event in celebration of the Exton campus’ latest addition, a brand new 1,900-square foot Penske-branded multipurpose room.
The room will serve as a venue for a multitude of student activities for both students and staff, including presentations, training seminars, student-peer tutoring sessions, as well as an active classroom and lab.
Throughout the morning, students, instructors and several representatives from Penske had an opportunity to see the Penske Room for the first time and partake in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event also included presentations by Bob Kessler, Campus President at UTI-Exton, as well as Bill Jacobelli, Senior Vice President of Maintenance, Penske Truck Leasing.
The decision to build the room came as a result of the great relationship UTI-Exton has developed over time with Penske, as well as Penske’s growing demand for highly-skilled technicians, particularly in this region. The company hires a significant volume of UTI graduates and invests a substantial amount in students’ education, as evidenced by the Roger Penske Outstanding Student Award program established among UTI’s 11 campuses nationwide.
Penske Truck Leasing also has established a Diesel Excellence Scholarship program, where a dozen scholarships are handed out each year to UTI students across all campuses.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, over a million jobs exist today in the auto, diesel, and collision repair industries with growth of 17 percent projected through the year 2020. Yet it continues to be a challenge for auto dealers and transportation companies across the country to find and hire workers who are armed with the knowledge and experience necessary to adapt and keep pace with the rapidly evolving vehicle landscape.
With a challenging curriculum customized to meet changing industry needs, UTI is providing a solution to our country’s tech shortage by arming students with the hands-on, highly skilled training required to become successful auto and diesel technicians.
“One of our largest employment needs is skilled truck maintenance technicians and maintenance managers,” said Jacobelli. “We enjoy working with UTI to help us fill the pipeline of talented, well-trained technicians. We value our relationship with UTI to hire graduates to maintain our 6,600-person North American truck maintenance workforce and field maintenance management.”
Industry partnerships such as this one have proven to be such a powerful and influential asset to UTI’s education curriculum and the success of its students, and can be illustrated by their job placement rate. Since 2010, Penske has hired over 50 graduates from UTI’s Exton campus alone to work at locations across the country.