UTI and DuPont Form New Educational Alliance

Automotive Collision Industry to Benefit From Quality Technician

Training Program

Nov 17, 1999, 00:00 ET from Universal Technical Institute

    PHOENIX, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Technical Institute (UTI) and
 DuPont Performance Coatings have created an educational alliance to provide
 training to future collision refinishing technicians.
     The alliance will support the Collision Repair & Refinish Technology
 (CRRT) program offered exclusively at UTI's campus in Houston, Tex.
     Under the alliance, DuPont will furnish the refinishing module of the CRRT
 program with equipment, products, grants, assistance with placement of
 graduates, and curriculum development resources.
     The CRRT program is divided into five modules, which cover all facets of
 collision repair and refinish training.  In order to meet industry standards
 and familiarize students with the latest technologies, the refinishing program
 will include specialized training with DuPont Performance Coatings.
     "We are focused on expanding educational opportunities for young adults in
 the collision industry," says Richard Sproul, training consultant, DuPont.
 "UTI students receive a myriad of specialized training.  This is essential to
 an employer looking for a qualified technician."
     According to industry sources, there is an immediate need for
 15,000 trained refinishing technicians.
     Founded in 1802, DuPont is a global research and technology-based company
 that services worldwide markets including food and nutrition; health care;
 agriculture; fashion and apparel; home and construction, electronics, and
 transportation.  With operations in nearly 70 countries, including
 165 manufacturing and processing facilities and more than 75 R&D and customer
 service laboratories, DuPont and its distinctive oval trademark is a worldwide
 symbol of innovation and creativity.
     For 75 years, DuPont has been the leading name in the automotive finishes
 industry, serving both the original equipment and refinish markets.  On March
 1, 1999, DuPont completed the acquisition of Herberts GmbH, the coatings
 subsidiary of Hoechst AG, a German corporation.  This purchase makes DuPont
 the world's largest supplier of automotive coatings and the third largest
 coatings company overall.
     DuPont's Automotive Finishes website is http://www.dupont.com/finishes/na.
     Founded in 1965 in Phoenix, Ariz., UTI is recognized as one of the top
 technical education institutions in the United States.  UTI offers accelerated
 career-specific training in automotive, diesel, heating/ventilation/air
 conditioning/refrigeration, marine, motorcycle and personal watercraft.  The
 company has graduated more than 50,000 students and has campuses in Phoenix,
 Ariz.; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Glendale Heights, Ill. and
 Houston, Tex.
     The UTI campuses are nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission
 of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT), which is recognized by
 the U.S. Department of Education.
     Additional information about UTI can be found at http://www.uticorp.com.

SOURCE Universal Technical Institute