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Universal Technical Institute and IGNITE Worldwide Host Virtual Conference to Inspire Girls to Pursue STEM Careers

A panel of successful women encourage female students to broaden their studies, apply for tuition scholarships

PHOENIX and MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Washington., April 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and IGNITE around the world recently brought together high schools from nine states across the country for a virtual panel showcasing a group of incredible women working in the automotive and motorsports industries. As part of UTI’s efforts to diversify the workforce and increase recruitment into the skilled trades, it also hosts in-person events for high school girls across its campus network and offers $100,000 in scholarships.

During the virtual panel, students heard from the moderator Kristin LabonteBreaking Limits president, panelist Sophie FoxCEO of Women & Wheels, madison conradvice president and engine builder at Roush Yates Engines, Jennifer LaFevervice president at Roush Yates Engines, and Brooke Ulrich, Regional Facilities and Equipment Services Manager for The Home Depot. The women spoke about their education and career path, the future of women in STEM, and some of their challenges along the way.

“When I was in high school, I applied for an automotive technician program. And my family turned me down because they said it wasn’t for women,” Fox said. “But if you have that passion, that spark, go for it. In 51 weeks (at UTI), you will have taken that first step towards realizing your dreams.”

“Women and non-binary people are on such an accelerated path of growth in traditionally male-dominated careers and industries,” Ulrich said. “We are closing the gap. In the STEM industries, women are now welcomed, invited and promoted, instead of just tolerated. We are finally at a place where we are beginning to understand what women can bring and the future looks better than ever.”

At present, the demand for labor in the transport sector is large nationwide, Bureau of Labor Statistics estimating that there are approximately 84,000 new openings each year for Automotive, Diesel and Collision Repair Technicians¹.

“We know that a diverse workforce benefits employers, employees and the economy, and we are constantly working to diversify our student population to meet the demand for skilled workers,” said Universal Technical Institute CEO Jerome Grant. “Through alliances with organizations like IGNITE Worldwide, we are able to raise awareness of the career opportunities available to our graduates and provide tuition scholarships to further support girls and women to pursue rewarding and lifelong careers. in the transportation industry.

Eligibility for the grant is extended to any student who identifies as a woman and attends an IGNITE Worldwide event on-site or virtually. Tuition scholarships can be used for UTI programs at any of their 12 campuses located across Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvaniaand Texasand are offered at the following levels: a $25,000 to agree; a $15,000 to agree; a $10,000 to agree; and 22 $2,000 subsidies. the application the deadline is April 29, 2022.

“IGNITE Worldwide has been striving to achieve gender and racial equity in STEM for over 20 years,” said IGNITE Worldwide CEO and Founder. Cathi Rodgveller. “Currently, women represent just over 1 in 4 STEM workers, but we strongly believe that all girls deserve equal access to STEM education. By bringing girls together virtually and in person, we promote economic equality and workforce development, and connect IGNITE students with role models who live and work in their communities. »

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
Founded in 1965 and based in Phoenix, the mission of Universal Technical Institute (NYSE: UTI) is to serve our students, partners, and communities by providing quality education and support services for in-demand careers. Approximately 250,000 students graduate from one of UTI’s 14 campuses located in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Texas. UTI’s campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Professional Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), while its employer-aligned technical training programs are offered under four brands: Universal Technical Institute, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute/Marine Mechanics Institute, NASCAR Technical Institute and MIAT College. of Technology. For more information and a complete list of all programs offered, please visit www.uti.edu or follow on LinkedIn @UniversalTechnicalInstitute and on Twitter @news_UTI.

About IGNITE Worldwide
For over 20 years, IGNITE Worldwide has provided a sustainable, scalable, and effective program that connects educators and their students directly with STEM professionals to create memorable, life-changing experiences through program events, including tours. in the field, workshops and group presentations. Program offerings, both virtual and in-person, are available nationwide to schools, educators, and their students at no cost. IGNITE Worldwide also engages with academic institutions internationally.

The IGNITE Worldwide program works to directly address racial and gender disparities found in STEM fields. By reaching students at an early age, during the school day, IGNITE encourages participating students to explore non-traditional STEM opportunities in their school, after graduation and beyond.

For more information on opening an IGNITE chapter at your school, please visit www.igniteworldwide.org or write to us directly at [email protected]. Follow IGNITE Worldwide on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

¹ Job creations include creations due to net job changes and net replacements. See Table 1.10 Occupational Departures and Openings, 2020-2030 Projections US Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.govaccessed March 9, 2022.

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