Universal Technical Institute - Norwood Campus Hosts New England Skills Gap Expo: Solutions Through STEM

 Universal Technical Institute - Norwood Campus Hosts New England Skills Gap
                         Expo: Solutions Through STEM

- This second annual summit will facilitate discussion among business,
education and policy leaders and highlight STEM Education and workforce
development initiatives.

- The event features keynote speakers Dr. Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of
Education 2001-2005 and Kim McWaters, CEO of Universal Technical Institute, as
well as a town meeting discussion moderated by Ted Reinstein of WCVB-TV
Channel 5 Boston.

PR Newswire

NORWOOD, Mass., Nov. 18, 2013

NORWOOD, Mass., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --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, will host the "New England Skills Gap Expo:
Solutions Through STEM" on Thursday, November 21, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
at its Norwood campus, to help raise awareness about the need for greater
collaboration between industry and education in creating curricula that
prepare students with the relevant skills needed to achieve employment.

This event will gather business, education and community leaders to discuss
ideas to help bridge the gap in New England's skilled labor force, and to
visit a hands-on expo area demonstrating how leading industries and innovative
organizations are creating opportunities, achieving results and advancing STEM
education. This expo provides a unique forum for participants to learn about
successful programs and initiatives from across New England and share their
own opinions in a town meeting discussion moderated by Ted Reinstein,
reporter/producer for WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston.

Keynote speakers Dr. Rod Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education 2001-2005, and Kim
McWaters, Chief Executive Officer of Universal Technical Institute, will kick
off an open discussion that will feature a panel of thought leaders from
education and industry including:

  oJames Brown, Executive Director of the STEM Education Coalition
  oJD Chesloff, Massachusetts Business Roundtable Executive Director and
    Chair of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council Executive Committee
  oKelly Horton, Director of Membership Marketing and Sales for SkillsUSA
  oPeter Koch, Executive Director of the New Hampshire Council for
    Professional Education
  oLisa Freed, STEM Program Manager for iRobot
  oTeri Munson, Stand & Deliver Mentoring Program Coordinator for Raytheon
  oKevin Stamey, Associate Director, Engineering & Technical Management, for
    the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Hanscom AFB

"The skills gap issue is affecting industries across the country and
challenging our local economies, making the need to connect education to jobs
more critical than ever before," said Kim McWaters, CEO of Universal Technical
Institute. "UTI felt it was important to create a forum that would allow
educators, industries, policy makers and community organizations to share
their ideas and innovative solutions."

UTI believes the purpose of education is to fully prepare students for
employment. To accomplish this effectively and successfully, educators must
work directly with industry to develop curriculum. The school has partnered
with more than 30 manufacturers, providing the foundation to create some of
the most innovative and sophisticated education programs in the automotive,
diesel, collision repair, motorcycle, marine and motorsports industries.

This is the second event UTI has sponsored that brings business leaders
together with educators, policy makers and community organizations to discuss
the challenges facing industries and the role of education in helping prepare
today's workforce for job opportunities. The first-ever Skills Gap Summit was
hosted by UTI-Norwood in November 2012. During that summit, Massachusetts
leaders shared perspectives on the labor skills gap in a discussion moderated
by Shirley Leung of The Boston Globe, and highlighted results of the state's
labor market trends in a report produced by The Commonwealth Corporation in
partnership with the New England Public Policy Center of the Federal Reserve
Bank of Boston.

"New England Skills Gap Expo: Solutions Through STEM" will take place at the
Universal Technical Institute campus at One Upland Drive in Norwood,
Massachusetts. The event is free and open to the public. For more information
and to register, email norwoodstemexpo@uti.edu or visit
http://skillsgapexpo.com. Use the hashtag #utisummit on Twitter to follow
social media updates during the event.

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.:
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
(NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students
seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair,
motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 170,000 graduates in its
48-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate
programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as
manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through
its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary
education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including
Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine
Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech).

To learn more about UTI and its training services, log on to www.uti.edu.

SOURCE Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

Website: http://www.uti.edu
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