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