"The Houston-based company has signed a three-year agreement to supply Pennzoil and Rotella motor oils and other lubricants to 10 of UTI's campuses nationwide. The motor oils will be used in UTI's automotive and diesel training labs - translating to about 10,000 gallons a year," said Terry Emig, director of business alliances for UTI.

Plus, Shell will provide instructor technical training support and annual core training program scholarships.

More than 1,000 high school students are on UTI's Avondale campus today as part of the Phoenix company's recruitment efforts, Emig said. These 25 high schools are coming from as far away as Colorado and New Mexico to experience the day, where they also are learning about the Pennzoil/UTI partnership.

The Pennzoil partnership also will bring in $40,000 in annual scholarships for UTI students, Emig said. "It's getting exciting," he said. "There's a lot more coming. We have found in a very short time we have uncovered some tremendous opportunities with all of our different business units, including the high school market. UTI is out there talking to nearly 10,000 high schools a year through our field reps."

UTI is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Kim McWaters, chairwoman and CEO of UTI, has been with the company for 30 of those years. She said UTI is producing STEM jobs, based in science, technology, engineering and math.

Rusty Barron, marketing and operations general manager for Shell Lubricants NA, said the partnership with UTI makes perfect sense. He awarded two scholarships today to students at Monster Jam event today.

"It was a great feeling to team with UTI in helping these students reach their potential while reinforcing our mutual commitment to the industry," Barron said.

UTI has strong relationships with a number of auto and truck manufacturers that help provide UTI students with the latest vehicles with the most current automotive technology, Barron said.”

The partnership was announced by UTI and Shell Lubricants in November 2014.

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