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Universal Technical Institute Celebrates "Instructors of the Year" for Teacher Appreciation Month

Instructors at each campus recognized for success rates, campus contributions

PHOENIX, May 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Technical Institute (UTI), a division of Universal Technical Institute, Inc. and a leading workforce solutions provider of transportation, skilled trades and energy education programs, is proud to announce the winners of the "Instructor of the Year" award at each of its 16 UTI, MMI, NASCAR Technical Institute, and MIAT campuses this Teacher Appreciation Month.

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
  • Joe Bresnan (Ford FACT), Ignacio Pinalez (Welding), Randolph McGinty (Collision Repair & Refinish Technology) – UTI-Houston
  • Holly Arnold (Robotics & Automation) – MIAT Canton
  • Brent Roberts (Welding) – UTI-Dallas/Fort Worth
  • Benjamin Benfield (Auto / Diesel) – UTI-Exton
  • Nick deLalla (Auto / Diesel) – UTI-Bloomfield
  • 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."

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (the "Company") was founded in 1965 and is a leading workforce solutions provider of transportation, skilled trades and healthcare education programs, whose mission is to serve students, partners, and communities by providing quality education and support services for in-demand careers across a number of highly-skilled fields. The Company is comprised of two divisions: Universal Technical Institute ("UTI") and Concorde Career Colleges ("Concorde"). UTI operates 16 campuses located in 9 states and offers a wide range of transportation and skilled trades technical training programs under brands such as UTI, MIAT College of Technology, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Marine Mechanics Institute and NASCAR Technical Institute. Concorde operates across 17 campuses in 8 states, offering programs in the Allied Health, Dental, Nursing, Patient Care and Diagnostic fields. For more information, visit or, or visit us on LinkedIn at @UniversalTechnicalInstitute and @Concorde Career Colleges or on Twitter @news_UTI or @ConcordeCareer.

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