MOORESVILLE, N.C. — Universal Technical Institute's (UTI) Mooresville campus — the NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) — has unveiled a NAPA-branded transmission classroom.
NAPA Auto Parts provides all 13 UTI, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute/Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NTI-branded campuses with equipment, such as brake kits, rotors, bulbs, bearing kits, wheel weights and more.
UTI welcomed 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and two-time NHRA Funny Car Champion Ron Capps to the campus May 26 to celebrate UTI's collaboration with NAPA, which recently became UTI's preferred auto parts supplier.
The gathering of students, staff, NAPA employees and suppliers discussed the ongoing need for automotive technicians, and NAPA's investments in the future of the aftermarket to ensure the next generation of skilled automotive technicians receive state-of-the-industry training.
"NAPA is providing our students, staff and alumni with greater access to quality auto parts, and we welcome their support in spreading the word about the country's skilled labor shortage and the quality technical education UTI provides to high school graduates, career changers, veterans and many others," John Dodson, UTI's vice president of business alliance and NASCAR, said.
"With America's largest network of parts and care, the success of the next generation of skilled automotive technicians is core to our business," Bret Robyck, NAPA's senior vice president of commercial sales, said.
"We are proud of the new alliance with UTI and are committed to supporting the talented UTI staff, students and graduates now and into the future."
Approximately 250,000 students have graduated from one of UTI's 15 campuses in the U.S., located in nine states: Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Texas.
UTI's campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career 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.
NASCAR Tech's Mooresville campus offers a core automotive training program, CNC machining technology, welding technology training and manufacturer-specific advanced training with Ford and Mopar, along with an optional 15-week elective to train students for a career in motorsports.