The Icahn Automotive Group wrapped up its “Race to 2026” technical school efforts this year with an event at Universal Technical Institute’s (UTI) campus in Orlando, FL. Launched earlier this year, the ongoing initiative encourages people to pursue careers in skilled trades by partnering with technical schools and offering scholarships and tuition reimbursement, creating apprenticeship and internship programs, and fostering job placement and continuing education opportunities.
In Orlando, leaders and technicians from Icahn Automotive — parent company to Pep Boys, AAMCO, Precision Tune Auto Care and RPM Automotive, to name a few — worked with UTI administrators, instructors and students on redesigned classrooms, new furniture and equipment. To celebrate the partnerships, an automotive technology student at UTI in Orlando, Dominic Lightner, received a $2,500 scholarship from Icahn Automotive.
The Orlando campus is one of 13 UTI locations across the United States. It offers a 51-week automotive technology training program, along with a diesel program and advanced and manufacturer-specific training. Orlando also is home to UTI’s Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, which prepares students specifically for careers in the motorcycle industry.
In total, Icahn Automotive has partnered with six UTI and Lincoln Tech locations this year.
“Over the past several months, our field leaders and technicians came together to do the rewarding work of building the partnerships with the technical schools, creating unique programs and connecting with the students to award scholarships and offer jobs,” said Icahn Automotive Service CEO Brian Kaner. “We have a long way to go until 2026, and we look forward to continuing our efforts to recruit more promising candidates to the skilled trades.”
John Dodson, UTI’s vice president of business alliances and NASCAR, noted that Icahn Automotive is UTI’s largest aftermarket partner and has hired more UTI graduates than any other aftermarket employer in the last couple of years.