Recognized organization for encouraging high school girls to pursue studies and careers in STEM
PHOENIX, September 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Universal Technical Institute (UTI) has been recognized by its accrediting body for inspiring high school girls to consider technical training and careers in the skilled trades. The Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) presented the “Excellence in Community Service” award to UTI representatives at the ACCSC Annual Professional Development Conference on September 20. The award recognizes the reach and impact of a school’s contributions, as well as the school’s commitment to its community.
Over the past year, eight UTI campuses hosted a Women in STEM Skilled Trades conference with IGNITE Worldwide, inviting students from across the region to attend. The conferences featured panel discussions with successful women leading the way in the transportation industries, and more than 1,000 high school girls attended. They were also treated to interactive tours featuring engine build, teardown and other demonstrations. Additionally, UTI has hosted a virtual conference for interested girls unable to attend an on-campus event.
“Through the Excellence in Community Service Award, ACCSC is delighted to recognize Universal Technical Institute contributions to the communities in which the schools serve,” said Karen R. Marcinski, Director of Commission Affairs for the ACCSC. “Through this collaborative effort to introduce girls to STEM, schools have touched the personal lives of school staff, students, and community members.”
President of the UTI-Rancho Cucamonga Campus Migdalia Vazquez and President of the NASCAR Technical Institute Campus Jennifer Bergeron accepted the award on behalf of UTI.
“It has been an honor to work alongside IGNITE Worldwide to help them fulfill their mission to achieve gender equity in STEM education and careers,” said Bergeron. “When we welcomed local high school girls to our campus last fall, we saw their faces light up when they heard about women leading and growing their careers in the automotive and motorsports industries, and female students have given us lots of positive feedback about their experience.. We wanted to send the message that we cannot accept gender stereotypes that limit girls’ participation in STEM education in high school and beyond, as they should have access to stable and in-demand jobs in high-tech business careers.
ACCSC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the designated accrediting body for more than 650 postsecondary, business, and technical schools serving more than 150,000 students nationwide in a variety of professional programs each year. 13 UTI and MIAT campuses across the country have been recognized by ACCSC since 2014.
UTI is planning several more Women in STEM conferences on its campuses nationwide in early 2023.
About Universal Technical InstituteInc.
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 16 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 Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), while its employer-aligned technical education 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.
Since 1967, the Accrediting Commission for Vocational Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) has been recognized by the United States Department of Education as a trusted authority on educational quality. The ACCSC is committed to supporting and enhancing the educational experience of students at accredited member institutions, facilitating meaningful workforce development opportunities, and addressing the growing skills gap in United States. More information about the ACCSC is available online at www.accsc.org, @ACCSCAccredits and facebook.com/accscaccreditation.
About IGNITE Worldwide:
IGNITE Worldwide is a nationally recognized leader in advancing gender equity in STEM. IGNITE works directly with educators to connect girls* with STEM opportunities during the school day. Their award-winning program features a variety of interactive events featuring STEM professionals who represent participating students. This scalable school model promotes accessibility between schools nationwide, allowing any educator to provide in-person or virtual IGNITE programming to eligible students. By inspiring engagement in STEM classrooms and clubs and reaching students from disadvantaged communities who may not have access to these opportunities, IGNITE encourages greater gender diversity in STEM education and careers. IGNITE Worldwide is recognized as a national best practice program and has been acclaimed by the US Department of State as an international model. *IGNITE Worldwide serves girls, young women, non-binary, transgender, agender and genderqueer students. More information about IGNITE Worldwide is available online at www.igniteworldwide.org, @IGNITEworldwide and facebook.com/IGNITEworldwide.
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