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John Lewis of UTI elected to executive committee for SkillsUSA Maine

John Lewis
John Lewis
Posted Dec. 02, 2013, at 4:21 p.m.

 NORWOOD, Mass. –  Universal Technical Institute, the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is proud to work with SkillsUSA Maine (www.skillsusamaine.org) and support its efforts to provide quality educational experiences for students across Maine through the election of John Lewis, UTI Admissions Representative, to serve on the Board of the Executive Committee.

 As Executive Committee Board member of SkillsUSA Maine, Lewis will work closely with the organization’s directors and officers to plan and coordinate competitions, conferences and other activities. A long-time volunteer for SkillsUSA Maine and resident of Cape Elizabeth, Lewis will assume the head judge responsibility for the Diesel Equipment Technology Competition, an event that brings together the top diesel technology students from across the state to compete in hands-on work stations and take a written exam to test their knowledge and skills. As head judge, Lewis will organize the judges needed for the competition and collaborate with local diesel employers and industry partners.

“We rely on our business and industry partners to make this a quality, relevant event for students and we appreciate the efforts of volunteers like John Lewis and the commitment of educational institutions like UTI to provide educational experiences for students and to help train our future skilled workforce,” says Hal Casey, State Director for SkillsUSA Maine, in a recent press release.

 SkillsUSA Maine provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. The Maine state chapter of SkillsUSA, Inc. encompasses 2118 high school and 91 post-secondary education members.

 “It’s an honor to work with SkillsUSA Maine and to have been elected to serve on the Board of their Executive Committee. It’s exciting to see the passion of the students involved in the competitions as they apply knowledge they’ve learned in the classroom to career opportunities, and a privilege to help support their efforts and those of the SkillsUSA organization,” says Lewis.

 The 2014 SkillsUSA Maine championships will include 45 technical fields, 20 occupationally related and 15 leadership competitions and will be held in March. Winners of the state competitions will then advance to the national competitions in June in Kansas City, Missouri where they have the opportunity to compete for awards, scholarships and other prizes.

 UTI provides $61,000 in tuition scholarships that are awarded at SkillsUSA Maine competitions, including collision repair, automotive refinishing, automotive service, diesel equipment and small engines.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Universal Technical Institute, Inc. is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 170,000 graduates in its 48-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute , Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute  and NASCAR Technical Institute.

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