Inspiring Exton Tech College Pres Touts Vocational Career Opportunities


As if the personal story of a local college president wasn’t inspiration enough, his message to high school graduates in a recent Philadelphia Business Journal Q&A sought to inspire students to pursue cutting-edge auto technician careers.

Robert Kessler, campus president of Universal Technical Institute. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal)
Robert Kessler, campus president of Universal Technical Institute. (Courtesy of Philadelphia Business Journal)

“Don’t just have a positive attitude, have a tremendous attitude,” said Robert Kessler, Exton campus president and regional vice president of Universal Technical Institute, in the article; “your attitude is more of a driving factor than you realize. Take ownership and don’t make excuses; people who are successful take ownership, avoid victim mentality and avoid blaming others.”

While leading a family that has needed numerous kidney transplants, Kessler has strived to make the most of every situation, fostering memories of sporting adventures rather than medical mishaps. And the same opportunity awaits every student.

Beyond today’s demand for a new brand of customer service and communication skills, as well as a new balance of under-the-hood savvy and advanced computer programming, Kessler told the Journal “the most important qualities today’s techs need to bring are passion, motivation and commitment — the rest they can learn.”

And at Exton, he said students learn hands-on with the 102 full-body cars, 49 partial cars, 17 diesel trucks and 57 diesel engines donated by various manufacturers.

“UTI is the only vocational school in the U.S. to have partnered directly with more than 30 top brands, providing the foundation to create sophisticated education programs that yield ready-to-work graduates,” he said. “In Exton, once a student completes their core programming in automotive, diesel and/or industrial, they can pursue manufacturer-specific advanced training programs.”

Read more about Kessler’s story and his take on the future of auto technicians on Philadelphia Business Journal here.


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