‘Classroom to Career’: Local Girl Scouts get hands-on automotive technology training

By Susan Monaghan / For the Daily Press

Posted Nov 26, 2017 at 4:22 PM
Updated Nov 26, 2017 at 4:22 PM

More than 30 Girl Scouts recently visited the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) in Rancho Cucamonga to learn about automotive technology, receiving in-person instruction and operating tools used by real technicians in training.

Scouts attending the Melva Davis Academy of Excellence were given a tour of the institute on Nov. 16 as part of the Girl Scouts’ “Classroom to Career” program, designed to promote female student involvement in science, technology, engineering and math.

On the tour, the Girl Scouts were able to see how future technicians are trained, build a circuit board as a team, and measure a vehicle’s power in a lab with a rolling roadway.

“Early exposure to STEM learning is something that UTI is very passionate about,” UTI’s Director of Operations and Education Migdalia Vazquez-Valle said.

“When we learned that the Girl Scouts had a program to motivate young women to pursue a career in the STEM field, we knew that we wanted to host them on our campus to let them experience ... the in-depth training that is available to them.”

UTI provides post-secondary education for students pursuing automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technician jobs. The institute offers programs for obtaining degrees, diplomas, and manufacturer-specific training.

Tours of UTI’s 11 facilities in the United States are offered regularly. For more information, visit www.uti.edu.

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