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Universal Technical Institute partners with KTM North America

Universal Technical Institute has partnered with KTM North America, Inc., a leading motorcycle manufacturer, to enhance the Motorcycle Technician Specialist training program at its Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) campus in Phoenix, Arizona.

Through this new partnership, KTM will supply the campus with motorcycles, training aids, diagnostic equipment and tools, as well as instructor training to provide students with the opportunity to train on the company’s most advanced motorcycles and technologies during the 36-week Motorcycle Technician Prerequisite program at MMI-Phoenix. The Prerequisite combined with electives teach students how to diagnose, service and repair motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles, preparing them for in-demand careers in the motorcycle industry. The KTM partnership will begin in late 2015 with the possibility of expansion to MMI-Orlando in the future.

“UTI’s partnerships with industry leaders like KTM provide our students with the opportunity to train on the most current technologies and tools in the motorcycle industry today,” said Dennis Hendrix, Vice President of Industry Alliances at UTI. “Modern, sophisticated vehicles require advanced training. Our industry-specific, hands-on programs provide students with the skills they need to succeed in high-tech jobs in the motorcycle industry.”

KTM is a leader in the motorcycle industry, with riders on KTM motorcycles winning numerous championships around the world. MMI-Orlando graduate Carlos Rivera is the head technician for Ryan Dungey, part of Red Bull Factory KTM. Dungey’s team won the 2015 Supercross and, most recently, the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450MX Championship. The company has 354 dealers throughout the United States.

“MMI graduates are some of the most sought after motorcycle technicians in the industry, which makes us thrilled to launch our new partnership at the Phoenix campus,” said Michael Cooper, Manager of Customer Service and Programs at KTM North America, Inc. “Learning to build and maintain the latest KTM motorcycles provides aspiring technicians with the fundamental skills they need to achieve lifelong success in their careers. We at KTM want to continue to provide the highest level of customer service. This program allows us to achieve that by educating future technicians on our READY TO RACE philosophy that will enhance the career of the technician as well the ownership experience for the customer.”

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Universal Technical Institute partners with Fiat Chrysler

Universal Technical Institute  (NYSE: UTI), the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, has partnered with FCA US LLC to launch the new Mopar Technical Education Curriculum (Mopar TEC) training program at its NASCAR Technical Institute campus in Mooresville, N.C.

The curriculum, which was developed in partnership with the FCA Performance Institute, is a part of the Mopar Career Automotive Program (MoparCAP) and offers high-tech, hands-on instruction in vehicle diagnostics, maintenance and repairs, customer service and dealership operations. Mopar TEC graduates will have Level 2 certification in a number of key skill areas.

“This new partnership lets our students get their hands on the same platforms, tools and technology they’ll find in the real world, and prepares them to succeed in FCA’s expansive dealership network,” said Kim McWaters, chairman and chief executive officer at UTI. “As the demand for trained transportation service technicians continues to grow, more and more industry partners are stepping up to help us create training programs that are specific to their needs. Training students for success in the workforce is our top priority and the Mopar TEC program will provide even more graduates with the credentials they need to hit the ground running at one of the world’s top automakers.”


Fresh Start honors UTI’s Kim McWaters

Kim_McWatersFresh Start Women’s Foundation recently announced Kimberly J. McWaters, chairman and CEO of Universal Technical Institute (UTI) as the Founders’ Award recipient.

McWaters will be honored during the Fresh Start Fashion Gala, Feb. 21 at the Arizona Biltmore. The event, in its 19th year, raises awareness for the foundation along with $1 million for programs that help women transform their lives through education and engagement.

“Kim McWaters personifies what a woman can do regardless of her circumstances,” said Susan Berman, Fresh Start’s CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome her into a distinguished circle of long-time Fresh Start supporters.”

McWaters is familiar with many of the issues faced by women who turn to Fresh Start. As a young single mother, she took a job as a part-time receptionist with UTI in 1984. While working her way up through the ranks of the company, she earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration, raised three children and eventually became the company’s chairman and CEO. She is an active member of the community and has served on the Fresh Start executive board for more than a decade.

“None of us achieve success on our own. We need mentors, our families, other women leaders and committed organizations like Fresh Start to stand for us,” said McWaters. “I deeply admire and respect the founders of Fresh Start, Pat Petznick and Beverly Stewart, and am truly honored to receive this award.”

Proceeds from the gala will fund programs and services focused on personal development, economic self-sufficiency and education.

Leading up to the event, the foundation is also encouraging members of the community to share their stories of involvement, hope and success using the social media hashtag #myfreshstartstory.

For more information about the event, including sponsorships and table sales, contact Amanda Schmidt at (602) 261-7140 or aschmidt@fswf.org.


Az Business announces finalists for ACC Awards

Az Business magazine, in conjunction with the State Bar of Arizona, have announced the finalists for the 2015 Arizona Corporate Counsel (ACC) Awards.

The finalists and winners will be honored at an awards dinner and reception on Jan. 15, 2015 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Click here for more information about the event.

Here are the finalists:

Arizona State University legal department
David Bixby, Banner Health
Kelleen Brennan, Universal Technical Institute
Franc Del Fosse, Insys
Brad Gazaway, The Dial Corporation
Illya Iussa, Arizona Summit Law School
JDA Software legal department
John T. Jozwick, Rider Levett Bucknall
Alan Kelly, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
David Mulvihill, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Wendy Neal, Arcadia Biosciences
Carmen Neuberger, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Mary Beth Orson, Apollo Education Group
Michael Reagan, Kahala Corporation
Michael Rissman, Republic Services
Brian Roberts, Grand Canyon University
Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network legal department
Karen Stein, IO
Jason Steiner, Insight Enterprises
Jenny Holsman Tetreault, Rural/Metro
Tiffanie Woodie, Petsmart

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Universal Technical Institute Chairman White to Retire

After 37 years of service, John White is retiring this December as the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) executive chairman. White will continue to serve as a member of UTI’s board of directors. White retires as the most tenured employee in the company having played a critical role in the history and success of UTI, along with the advancement of technical education overall.

White began changing the world for thousands of future technicians when he acquired Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI) in 1977; the school had just one building, a handful of students and two instructors.

In the early 1980s, White’s vision guided him to launching a first-of-its-kind training partnership with Harley-Davidson USA. This partnership set the stage for a successful strategy working closely with leading motorcycle manufacturers. Soon after Harley-Davidson, relationships with Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda were also formed, driving the creation and delivery of industry-driven education that best prepares technicians to enter the workforce.

Over the years, MMI became the premier brand and undisputed leader in technician training for the motorcycle and marine industries.  White’s visionary leadership and ability to see the value in partnering with some of the world’s leading manufacturers, as a way to help both students and employers, was revolutionary then and has continued to be the core of UTI’s brand and strategic positioning nearly 40 years later.

In 1997, when MMI and UTI merged, White assumed the role of chief strategic planning officer, in addition to serving on UTI’s Board as vice-chair and co-chair, before becoming executive chairman in 2005. During this time, with UTI’s merger completed, White began thinking of ways to build upon the successful strategy he had launched at MMI and how UTI could do the same with automotive and diesel OEM’s.

Today, it is no coincidence that UTI partners with more than 30 leading manufacturers with their newest partner being General Motors Co.

Before White announced his retirement plans, he made sure that the new partnership he spearheaded with GM became a reality, as UTI has formalized an agreement with GM to develop a 12-week elective training program for UTI students. The program will first be available at UTI’s Avondale campus.

With more than 30 industry-leading brands now associated with UTI, MMI and NASCAR Tech, White’s legacy will continue to positively influence the company and benefit thousands of students and employers across the country for many more years to come.

White has been a generous supporter of the UTI Foundation and a number of other charities, such as the American Red Cross and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. He and his wife reside in Pinnacle Peak.


New president joins Everest College Phoenix

Everest College Phoenix announced that Maria Walters has been appointed as president of the Phoenix campus. Walters, a veteran of the United States Air Force, has extensive experience as a leader, educator and certified interpreter. In her new position, Walters has responsibility for overall leadership and management of academic, administrative and fiscal operations of the Phoenix campus.

“We are honored to welcome Maria to our team. Everest College Phoenix will most certainly benefit from her extensive leadership skills and diverse experience ranging from the United States Air Force flight chief and college instructor to logistics manager and academic dean,” said Edward Johnson, Ph.D., president of Everest College Phoenix. “Maria’s background and dynamic leadership style will be great assets as the Phoenix campus continues to excel in preparing students for careers in in-demand occupations.

Prior to joining Everest College Phoenix, Walters served as the academic dean at Universal Technical Institute (UTI) for more than five years. She also served in the United States Air Force as a fighter squadron flight chief where she managed daily flying and maintenance operations including the supervision of 35 fighter aircraft mechanics.

Walters earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching, English as a Second Language from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. She also holds a master’s degree in Peninsular Spanish Literature from the University of Utah.