Universal Technical Institute, a provider of transportation technician training, plans to expand its Florida footprint in 2022 with a new campus in the Miami metropolitan area, the school announced. It will be UTI’s 14th campus nationwide and second in Florida.
UTI has leased a facility in Miramar, which will serve students and employers locally and throughout the region. The approximately 100,000 square foot campus will support UTI’s blended learning curriculum, including both digital and hands-on training elements.
UTI anticipates offering programs in automotive, diesel and welding technology with capacity for additional programs to be added in the future. The company is focusing on opening the new campus in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, subject to obtaining necessary regulatory approvals and completion of the campus build-out.
“Florida is an important market for us and for our employer partners, and we are excited to be expanding there,” said Jerome Grant, chief executive officer of UTI. “For over 30 years, UTI has supported students at our Orlando campus in graduating with the skills employers want so they can be employed in good jobs. A Miami area campus will offer a convenient solution for South Florida students to train while living and working at home. The Miami metropolitan area is a market where our proven evaluation criteria show strong prospective student interest in our programs and employer demand for skilled technicians.”
Florida is one of two states where UTI is planning to expand in fiscal 2022. UTI previously announced its plans to open a third Texas campus, in Austin, during the second quarter of fiscal 2022. The new campuses will enable students to train close to home in markets with strong student demand for training and industry demand for trained technicians, the school said.
The two new campuses are part of UTI’s growth and diversification strategy, which involves both the development of more efficient, commuter-friendly campuses in high-demand markets and a broadened array of skilled trade education offerings, the schools said.