April 20, 2021 12:45 PM, EDT

First Class of Service Members Graduates From Premier Technician Skills Program

PremierRep. Escobar (center, in blue) at the event. (Premier Truck Group)

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Premier Truck Group and Universal Technical Institute announced April 1 that the inaugural class for their veteran-oriented truck technician program has graduated.

The Premier Truck Group Technician Skills Program is an on-base diesel-commercial technician training program in Texas that lasts for 12 weeks. The program is aimed at training military members transitioning to civilian life to help them get employment.

“It is our honor to hire our nation’s heroes,” Premier Truck Group President Rich Shearing said in a statement. “Our partnership with UTI and the U.S. Army at Fort Bliss gives us the opportunity to support service members in learning the skills to transition directly into rewarding civilian careers. We are pleased to offer immediate employment to these and future graduates from the Premier Truck Group Technician Skills Program.”

The service members who completed the program were honored April 1 during a ceremony at Fort Bliss. U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar, who represents the El Paso area, addressed the graduates. Executives from Premier Truck Group and UTI were in attendance.

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“It’s a privilege to be here, to congratulate these eight graduates in person and to thank you for the service you’ve provided our country. You are truly our nation’s greatest assets,” Escobar said. “When service members leave the military after they have given their all to our nation, we haven’t done enough as a country to provide these tremendous men and women the opportunity to use their incredible skills in the private sector and in our economy, so I am so grateful for collaborations like this that provide solutions to challenges we can’t solve on our own.”

The training program is tuition-free for military service members and features an on-base curriculum with hands-on technical training. The training focuses on diagnostic paths and service technologies unique to Premier Truck Group. The next session was scheduled for April 19.

“This is an important day for the Army,” Col. Stuart James, garrison commander at Fort Bliss, said.

“We need to take care of the soldiers not only when they are in the Army but when they leave, to have partners like Premier Truck Group and Universal Technical Institute help our transitioning service members succeed in their next career is wonderful.”

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