Reading-based Penske opens training room to help workforce pipeline

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From left is Universal Technical Institute-Exton campus president Bob Kessler, with Penske leaders Bill Jacobelli, senior vice president of maintenance; Jen Sockel, senior vice president of administration; Ken Hurley, senior vice president of human resources and Jack Gallagher, senior vice president of the Northeast Region.
From left is Universal Technical Institute-Exton campus president Bob Kessler, with Penske leaders Bill Jacobelli, senior vice president of maintenance; Jen Sockel, senior vice president of administration; Ken Hurley, senior vice president of human resources and Jack Gallagher, senior vice president of the Northeast Region.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Universal Technical Institute’s Exton campus to open a 1,900 square-foot Penske Truck Leasing-branded multipurpose room.

The multipurpose room will serve as a venue for educational activities for students and staff, including presentations, training seminars and student-peer tutoring sessions, as well as an active classroom and lab.

The decision to build the room is a result of the long-time relationship between UTI-Exton and Reading-based Penske, as well as Penske's growing demand for highly skilled technicians.

"One of our largest employment needs is skilled truck maintenance technicians and maintenance managers," said Bill Jacobelli, senior vice president of maintenance for Penske Truck Leasing.

"We enjoy working with UTI to help us fill the pipeline of talented, well-trained technicians."

Penske Truck Leasing hires a significant volume of UTI graduates among its 6,600-person truck maintenance workforce and invests in students' education, including the Roger Penske Outstanding Student Award program established among UTI's 11 campuses nationwide.

Since 2010, Penske has hired more than 50 graduates from UTI's Exton campus to work at its locations across the country.

"On behalf of the entire Exton campus and everyone at UTI, we are incredibly appreciative of Penske's significant investment in our students' education," said Bob Kessler, president of UTI-Exton. "And the positive impact the company has made, and will continue to make, on students as they pursue careers in the automotive and diesel industry."

Jennifer Glose

Jennifer Glose

Reporter Jennifer Glose covers health care, Berks County and other topics. She can be reached at jenniferg@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 111. Follow her on Twitter @jenniferg_LVB and read her blog, “Networking,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/networking-blog.

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