MEDIA RELATIONS: GRUNION GAZETTE, Universal Technial Institute

Long Beach Adds Technical Institute For Post-High School Education

 By Emily Thornton, Grunion Gazette

Another education option beyond high school is coming to Long Beach in the form of a technical institute. Specifically, the Universal Technical Institute. UTI Long Beasch Campus

UTI Long Beach’s ribbon cutting will be Aug. 18 by Mayor Robert Garcia, with classes starting the day before, on Aug. 17.

The charter class of enrolled students previewed the facility at 4175 E. Conant St. last week. It is part of the growing Douglas Park industrial area just north of the Long Beach Airport. The group of about 250, including guests, saw the 13 classrooms and 19 labs covering 142,593 square feet.

Areas of study at UTI Long Beach include automotive, diesel, collision repair, as well as auto and diesel combined. There also is Nissan Automotive Technician Training elective that readies students to work on the full line of Nissan and Infiniti models, tools and technologies, as well as smog elective on California campuses. Courses offered vary by UTI campus location and run three to four weeks. Students may enroll any time during the year. Financial aid may be available for qualified students.

There is strong demand for trained workers in the automotive, diesel and collision repair specialties due to Long Beach’s proximity to Southern California’s busy ports, industries and reliance on vehicle travel, said Larry Hohl, president of the new campus. That’s partly why they decided to open a campus in Long Beach.

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MEDIA RELATIONS: LONG BEACH POST, Universal Technical Institute

Future Long Beach Auto Tech Institute to Host Tour at Local Trucking Facility

By Stephanie Rivera, Long Beach Post

Hundreds of people interested in becoming automotive technicians are expected to attend a “Future Tech” event Thursday night to learn more about the high-demand transportation industry, according to Universal Technical Institute-Long Beach officials who organized the event. Long Beach

“Future Tech” events are held offsite at a leading local employer and are designed to raise awareness of the ongoing demand for skilled technicians in the transportation industry and give students, potential students and their parents a real world snapshot of what today’s industry expects of its technicians, and why industry-recognized training can help with career mobility,” said Larry Hohl, campus president of the soon-to-open UTI-Long Beach.

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MEDIA RELATIONS: LONG BEACH POST, Food For Long Beach Kids

FOOD FINDERS AND TEAM 100 DELIVER GROCERIES TO FAMILIES IN NEED AT ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY

By Stephanie Rivera, Long Beach Post

Roosevelt Elementary School community members were treated to a special visit during Friday morning’s school assembly.

img_0209More than a dozen men, mostly from the Long Beach community, presented themselves in front of the school as the financial donors of Food For
Long Beach Kids—an on-campus program created to address child hunger on weekends, when free and reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches are not available to students.

“We were hearing from schools, from teachers and principals that kids were showing up starving and hungry,” said Tim McBride, a founding member of Team 100—an organization created in 2012 to fund Food For Long Beach Kids. “We thought in a city with so many haves and have-nots, there are plenty of us that have that care about our community and we wanted to get together and do something.”

So McBride and a few others quickly gathered 100 like-minded men to create Team 100.

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MEDIA RELATIONS: GRUNION GAZETTE, Food For Long Beach Kids

GROUPS TRY TO END LONG BEACH STUDENTS’ HUNGER

By: Emily Thornton, Grunion Gazette

An effort to help end hunger among Long Beach Unified School District students who receive free meals has gotten larger.556659b9325a4.image

That’s because two groups — Team 100 and Food Finders — have joined hands to bring food to Title One schools, or those with a high percentage of students from low-income families.

They’re calling their group Food for Long Beach Kids, benefitting the 54,000 or so LBUSD students who live with families below the poverty level and are on the free meal program.

“It means they’re going hungry on the weekend when they aren’t at school to receive free meals,” said Kelsey Duckett, founder of Seventy Seven Enterprise, a company doing volunteer media outreach for Team 100.

“The goal is that all Title One students on the free meal program will get food,” she said.

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