PHOENIX, Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a leading private career school, and Volkswagen of America (VWoA) have partnered to create a solution to the technician shortage affecting automotive manufacturers. UTI is providing the training for the new Volkswagen of America Service Technical Training (VASTT) program. Within the next five years, VWoA plans to furnish their dealerships with 2,000 technicians. As a result, VASTT is the first graduate training program initiated by VWoA to aggressively attract and retain technicians for its dealer network. VASTT's intensive six-week training program focuses on Volkswagen automotive technology. Curriculum is supplied by the VWoA factory and includes hands-on training and instruction with proprietary scan tools. The first class of VASTT students begins this week at the UTI campus in Glendale Heights, Ill. Graduates of UTI's basic automotive technician training program who maintain grade point averages of at least 3.00 and exemplary attendance records are eligible. "We are thrilled to be Volkswagen's educational partner of choice," said Chris McWaters, director of industry relations, UTI. "Since the VASTT program is located on campus, our students receive first-hand exposure to Volkswagen products." VASTT graduates will enter the dealerships as "specialists" in P.D.I, diagnostics and scheduled maintenance. VASTT training is sponsored by VWoA and paid for by the hiring dealer. "In order to assess the response of our dealers, the northeast region was selected as our pilot area," said Karl H. Weber, director of quality systems, VWoA. "Once the program is fully implemented, VASTT graduates will be offered positions at dealerships throughout the United States." For more information about Volkswagen of America, Inc., log on to www.vw.com. Founded in 1965 in Phoenix, Ariz., UTI is recognized as one of the top technical education institutions in the U.S. 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 maintains campuses in Phoenix, Ariz.; Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Glendale Heights, Ill. and Houston, Tex. For more information about UTI and automotive graduate training programs, log on to www.uticorp.com.
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