UTI Announces Instructors of the Year

UTI Announces Instructors of the Year | THE SHOPUniversal Technical Institute (UTI) has announced the winners of the “Instructor of the Year” award at each of its 16 UTI, MMI, NASCAR Technical Institute, and MIAT campuses.

Consideration for “Instructor of the Year” includes the overall contribution to the campus, through peer mentoring and departmental support.

“We have so many outstanding, experienced and dedicated instructors at our campuses across the country, and we’re pleased to be recognizing some of them during Teacher Appreciation Month,” said UTI Division President Tracy Lorenz. “Our ‘Instructors of the Year’ allow us to serve as a valued workforce solutions provider in the skilled trades. Many of them come to us with years upon years of industry experience, so they are uniquely qualified to guide our students into their own rewarding careers.”

The 2023 Instructors of the Year include:

  • Matthew Thomas (Auto / Diesel) – UTI-Austin
  • Tom Varrone (BMW FastTrack) – UTI-Avondale
  • Nick deLalla (Auto / Diesel), Ignacio Pinalez (Welding), Randolph McGinty (Collision Repair & Refinish Technology) – UTI-Bloomfield
  • Holly Arnold (Robotics & Automation) – MIAT Canton
  • Brent Roberts (Welding) – UTI-Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Benjamin Benfield (Auto / Diesel) – UTI-Exton
  • Joe Bresnan (Ford FACT) – UTI-Houston
  • Michael Riccardelli (Aviation) – MIAT Houston
  • Dan Fletter (Auto / Diesel) – UTI-Lisle
  • Jaime Dominguez (Auto / Diesel) – UTI-Long Beach
  • Peter Roberts (Auto/Diesel) – UTI-Miramar
  • Jeff Shimko (Auto) – NASCAR Technical Institute
  • Troy Minnich (Marine), William Wynn (Motorcycle), Jeff Herman (Auto/Diesel) – UTI-Orlando
  • Don Wallace (Motorcycle) – MMI-Phoenix
  • Barry Nelson (Auto / Ford FACT) – UTI-Rancho Cucamonga
  • Kyle Graves (Auto / Diesel) – UTI-Sacramento

The “Instructor of the Year” winners were announced May 5. UTI industry partner Snap-On is also helping to recognize them by sponsoring a feature wall at each campus that includes a photo of the “Instructor of the Year,” the school said.

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