Celia Martinez: Celia attends the Universal Technical Institute in Houston, TX. She and her brothers were raised by her father. Together, they spent a lot of time working on cars. Celia loves custom design and custom colors. Even as a child, she would use pens or paint to fix up her Hot Wheels for her brothers! Celia feels auto collision repair is a great way for her to express herself and use her artistic abilities.
Celia volunteers in her community by participating in highway clean-up. Her hope is to pursue a career as a collision repair technician.
Olivia Parker: Olivia attends the Universal Technical Institute in Houston, TX. Olivia has two special needs daughters, Stephanie (17) and Hailey (13). She wants to be a strong role model for her girls.
Olivia stated, “I am going to show my daughters that you can work hard and become what you want to be. This is just another way I am being a positive role model for them.”
Olivia has a passion for the auto collision industry. Her main interests are custom body, painting and estimating. Outside of work, Olivia has been a coach for her daughter’s soccer team, helps with the local Girl Scout troop and is a volunteer for her daughter’s autistic class.
Shiloh Taft: Shiloh attends Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Livingston, TN. Shiloh was previously working in a factory but realized that she didn’t love what she was doing. She has always loved working on vehicles. She visited TCAT and while looking at the list of careers, saw Collision listed.
Shiloh was hooked the first week and knows that this will be a career she can love. She has completed two internships while going to school. During these internships, her time was focused in the paint booth and on paint prep.
Her immediate goals are to graduate at the top of her class, become a certified collision repair technician and find a long-lasting career. Long term, she would like to manage the paint department in a collision repair facility.
This year, WIN has also awarded three individuals with a WIN Scholarship of $1,000 to continue their postsecondary education in collision repair.
These recipients are:
• Tabetha Faith, Washburn Tech in Topeka, KS
• Elizabeth Vickers, Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Crossville, TN
• Shelby Winningham, Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Crossville, TN
In addition to the programs provided by WIN, Axalta has generously given all WIN scholarship recipients the opportunity to attend training classes free of charge. The recipients will also be honored at an awards gala taking place May 8 during the 2018 WIN Educational Conference in Indianapolis, IN.
Congratulations to all the scholarship recipients!
To learn more about WIN, become a member or register for the WIN Educational Conference, please visit www.womensindustrynetwork.com.