Universal Technical Institute Partnering With District 228

Universal Technical Institute Partnering With District 228

Bremen High School District 228 which includes Bremen, Tinley Park, Hillcrest, and Oak Forest High School is home to an automotive program that teaches students how to complete oil changes, tire rotations, tire balances, under hood inspections, brake repairs, exhaust system repairs, and more.
This year, the District is receiving additional support and encouragement from the Universal Technical Institute (UTI) who is offering 2019 graduates of District 228 a ten percent discount off their continued education at UTI.

"It's said that by 2022 there will be a shortage of 70 million service trade people in all trades," says Bremen High School Automotive Mechanic Teacher, Jerry Ward. "We need to be teaching interested students these skills."

Although there may be a shortage of service trade professionals, Ward has found high school students are interested in the subject now more than ever. Despite being "retired" as of three years ago, Ward continues to teach two Automotive Mechanic classes at Bremen High School at 8:00am and 9:00am five days a week as a part-time teacher.

"I wanted to retire, but the class was still in high demand from students so I decided to keep teaching part-time," Ward explains.

In Ward's class, students willingly bring their own cars and family member's cars to work on and practice with. Donations such as tools and equipment are frequently donated to the school in encouragement of the class and to further learning. Ward also takes students on field trips to different businesses. In March, his class is taking a full-day trip to Zeigler BMW of Orland Park and will also go to UTI where they'll tour the campus.

After District 228 students finish the Automotive Mechanic course at their home schools, they are then given the opportunity to take an advanced two-hour class at Tinley Park High School the next year called Automotive Technology. Students are provided a bus to and from the class. If a student decides they would like to continue their career in the service trade industry, teachers then recommend their student to UTI and have them fill out an application and interview with the school.

Currently, 66 students from District 228 have continued their education at UTI. The Institute regularly sends an admissions representative to speak with students about trade schools and their options after high school. Additionally, UTI offers a free introductory summer course that is open to all students, not just District 228 students, every year.