Students learn about importance of STEM classes for careers

Students in Hamilton High School’s automotive classes heard from industry representatives Nov. 6  about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in automotive industry careers. Universal Technical Institute (UTI) representatives Michael Vivona and Tony Ullman visited Hamilton students in Glenn Buelow’s applied engineering and technology classes.

Attracting the attention of students was the Factory Five Cobra Kit car that Vivona brought to the school. Students learned about how the car was constructed including its unique engine design. Jerry Haunfelder, owner of Jerry’s Automotive, which provides co-op experiences for students stopped in to see what students were learning and meet UTI representatives.

UTI is the country’s largest postsecondary automotive training institute with 11 campus locations across the country including one in Lisle, Ill.


UTI Marketing Manager Michael Vivona starts the Factory Five Cobra Kit car so students can see the engine in operation. In photo, from left: Glenn Buelow, Nyia Thao, Gordon Doleshal, Aaron Zillmer, Mike Vivona.



UTI representatives Michael Vivona and Tony Ullman spoke to Hamilton classes. In photo, from left: Michael Vivona, Glenn Buelow, Aaron Zillmer, Jerry Haunfelder, Nyia Thao, Cassidy Leonhardt, Gordon Doleshal and Tony Ullman. Haunfelder, who owns an automotive repair business that offers co-op experiences for students, was invited to visit with the UTI representatives.