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    • Reviewed by: Jonathan J
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      I am currently attending UTI at the Avondale campus. I hold a 4.0, my attendance is 100%, my professionalism is 100% and has been for 7 months. I have to say I am very disappointed with the school and staff. I was promised many different things. I came over a thousand miles and spent a lot of money to move out here! I am embarrassed to tell people I go to school here and have been told by several employers if I put UTI on my resume it will be thrown in the trash as soon as I walk out. Most of the students that I have classes with I wouldn't even let wash my windshield, much less work on my car. Oh by the way I'm sure that Jerry C. is an advisor. Please don't waste your time or money.

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    • Reviewed by: Rodney S
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      Better make sure that if you have a GED, it is on their "approved" list if not you will be required to take, basically an entrance/placement test.

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    • Reviewed by: A. W
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      I am currently attending the glendale heights campus. Being completely honest the school is a complete scam. I was told all of my wildest dreams were going to come true. what I wasnt told was that I wouldnt learn nearly close to what I was told I was going to learn. 28 of the 30 people in my classes are completely retarded. The training aids are beat to crap from the morons that attend. wont find a part time job while attending even tho they swore that they would help me find one and a whole lot more. School is a joke. I am a straight A student there and I'm seriously considering dropping and going back to tech school. Kids still in high school, if a UTI "rep" wants to talk to you. dont think, just say "no".

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    • Reviewed by: Kevin C
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      I attended this so called school for 5 months before I decided to cut my losses witch where just over 10,000 I decided it was best to do this before I found myself with a 30,000 dollar bill and have no greater knowledge. Like most people here said this school is a joke and a scam. I met with the student services to discuss my problems with the school. Problems such as not receiving the real world experience I was promised. All they seemed to be concerned about was me staying for another phase witch is about 1800 more dollars. I was working in shops before attending the school but like most people I don't know everything and thought I could learn more here I was wrong. I was put into groups with kids that literally didn't know how to use a ratchet. After spending 5 months watching these so called techs in training try to fix of even better soup up there cars witch often left the parking lot on a wrecker. I decided to stop wasting my time and go back to learning the old fashion way in the shop. If you want to learn how to be a tech start by getting some basic understanding and get a job in a shop as an oil changer and tire guy. you will learn things in a real shop they can never teach you at UTI.

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    • Reviewed by: Jon P
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      I attended and graduated from the UTI auto tech program in Norwood Ma in 05. I made many friends there who I am still friends with today. Out of all of us, 1 has been successful in the field. Everyone else has cut their losses and moved on to a real college to get a real degree. The one friend who has had success in the field, was because he was a highly skilled mechanic BEFORE he even went to that school. He went because he thought having that certificate was going to get him more money. It did not.

      The recruiters are absolute scumbags who don't give a damn about anything except their commission. They actually took advantge of us being young and Innocent fresh out of high school. They told us we would make 60k a year upon graduation to get us hooked. Not only did they lie to me but to my parents also. They used a tactic to make us feel like we had to sign up for the EXTRA courses in order to be worth their recommendation into the school. They assured us that our credits could be used towards a degree at another college which was false. And these are just some of the lies told to my parents and I during orientation.

      I urge you not to attend UTI. This school only cares about getting kids in, and getting them out after taking 30k+ out of their pockets. STAY AWAY!

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    • Reviewed by: OB M
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      I heavily considered going to UTI. My dad and I drove an hour out to the Rancho Cucamonga campus to see what they had to offer. To be honest my dad was blown away because the building and everything "looked" really professional. I was pretty stoked myslef on what the classes and labs looked like, until i found out the price tag... it was 35 grand.

      So i decided to do some research on my own. I live in the San Fernando Valley so i called some of the local dealerships to see what they liked to see in their technicians. Basically all of them told me that they've hired UTI grads but they've never lasted. They said that most of them come to work with huge ego's and don't even try to excel. Only one shop foreman said he preferred "private" technical school grads and that was only because he went to Wyotech.

      Also, if UTI is so good and respected in the industry, why do they promote themselves so much on monster jam or speed tv and why do they have a myspace or facebook?

      I graduated high school in June of '09 and started community college in fall of '09. In my first semester I took an engine overhaul class, brakes and suspension, tune-up and diagnostics, and A/C class. Grand total 500 bucks

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    • Reviewed by: Cliff B
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      I went to Lake Career and Technical College during high school, took Auto Tech and excelled. I took an entrance exam with UTI in '02 and got in the 99th percentile and recieved a 13000 scholarship. After paying total of 8000 for tuition, and learning nothing for 2 years I graduated, and worked in the field for a while. Never made more than $15/hour. I wait tables now at Outback Steakhouse. One of my colleagues is also a grad. Recruiters are the scum of the earth and will tell you anything. Go to a local technical school.

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    • Reviewed by: joe H
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      in all honesty this school is a joke i attend the orlando campus class is now at 5:30 in the morning when the hell did i end up joining the military? im in college and yes i have class at 5:30am mon-fri this school lets in a bunch of retards who have never even seen a torque wrench before ah thats not a huge risk when you work with lifts and electrical systems that can kill you. the instructors are dumb as hell the superstreet teacher didnt even know what boost creep was and for all of the import drivers i feel bad because you will constantly be getting pulled over by the police for doing absoulty nothing at all. for the people who want to become "techs" i feel sorry for you i wasted 30grand and am warning you not to..go to hennesy tuning or wyotech ive been working on cars for 6 years and loved them for a long time and this school makes me hate them more than anything people say it is what you make it no i dont even study and i pass the tests and the school only cares about test scores which is retarded id rather have someone who can work on a car than be able to take a test uti is a joke

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    • Reviewed by: Father B
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      UTI is more interested in Profit than training real technicians, They take as many students as they can start them all at once and deal with the problems later, Their admissions reps help students take their entrance exams, and they move students along from class to class that are failing so they can get their funding and retake fees, also we are told to pass certain students that are unable to complete their labs due to physical problems. Students are able to retake tests they fail, As a college student if i bombed a test I was never able to retake it, as I mentioned this is a PROFIT school. Now most of their MSAT training programs have been dropped by the manufacturers Mercedes, Vw, Audi and im sure others are to follow. My advice is save your money go to a community college offering Automotive training become an apprentice and not be a number with a dollar sign attached to it.

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    • Reviewed by: Vincent R
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      Vince R November 11 2009

      As a former instructor at the sacramento campus, the 107-3 brakes course is from 1995, and the other courses are out dated , Their policy is Profit, Purpose people, They offer students bribes, and help them take their entrance exams to get as they quote it " Butts in Seats " So do your research throughly before spending the money to graduate and get no job !

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