MMI, Kawasaki Celebrate 10-Year Partnership

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Motorcycle Mechanics Institute (MMI), a unit of Universal Technical Institute (UTI), is in its 10th year of offering the K-TECH Specialist program, a 12-week elective for students specializing in Kawasaki products.

Kawasaki Motors Corp. assists in the K-Tech program by providing the latest motorcycles, ATVs, personal watercraft and utility vehicles, as well as the specialized tools and lubricants necessary to help students become an entry-level Kawasaki technician.

"For more than 10 years, Kawasaki has worked closely with MMI to create a dynamic curriculum that provides students with real-world experiences," says Don Church, senior manager of technical services, Kawasaki Motors Corporation. "The end result is a win-win for both parties — MMI provides specialized training on cutting-edge technology to its students, and Kawasaki dealerships hire more knowledgeable professional entry-level technicians."

The K-TECH Specialist program was introduced at MMI's Phoenix campus in 1997 and consisted of one lab and one instructor to teach the original six-week course. Now, the K-TECH Specialist program is a 12-week elective. The K-tech program at MMI's Phoenix campus offers six instructors and two large labs, while the program at MMI's Orlando campus consists of four instructors who oversee two lab areas and a classroom.

"Since MMI students work hands-on with up-to-date motorcycle technology in the K-TECH Specialist program, they are better prepared for work at Kawasaki dealers," says Bill Schuette, National OEM Motorcycle/Marine Account Director of MMI. "We're thrilled to be celebrating our 10th anniversary with Kawasaki and look forward to expanding the program for many years to come."

MMI students are required to complete a 36-week Motorcycle Technician Program (MTP) prerequisite prior to entering a manufacturer elective course like K-tech.