When I worked at UTI, there was an admissions pamphlet about why UTI is better than community college. One of the things I remember is that at UTI you graduate faster and don't waste your time having to take history, literature etc.
I would like to let any potential student considering attending UTI know that many community colleges now offer certificate programs similar to those of trade schools where you do not have to take art, history or literature. You literally just take the automotive classes you need and get a certificate. It's all a matter of checking with your local community college to review what auto and diesel programs they offer.
Bad news for UTI California just announced free community college for first time full time freshmen. Even if it's not free, community college is way less expensive. I can tell you that there are two local community colleges close to where I live that offer automotive, diesel and SMOG certificate programs. Yes they have the associate degrees too but if students don't want art, history, etc there are certificate programs. If you want to specialize in a certain make, you take your diploma directly to Mercedes or Toyota etc to further your education. You do not need UTI and you certainly do not need to spend $35,000 to $54,000 to become an automotive or diesel technician. If you are a parent of a student considering UTI and are online searching more information about the school, I hope this post finds you and I truly hope you and your son or daughter make an informed decision before a UTI admissions rep gets to your home to show you their admissions presentation.