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Friday, 01 March 2019 17:54

Women in Automotive & Collision Holds Feb. Meeting at North County Tech

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 Jason Buchheit, collision instructor, presents to WAC members during their Feb. 19 meeting at North County Tech. Jason Buchheit, collision instructor, presents to WAC members during their Feb. 19 meeting at North County Tech.

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According to Jones, “Around 75 educators from St. Louis County schools attended the conference, and nearly all schools were represented. The opportunity fits our WAC mission perfectly. Not only were there educators in attendance, but also representatives from other large organizations. While there, Julie and I had conversations with representatives from Ameren, Project Lead the Way and Girl Scouts of the USA. There will be follow-up meetings to learn how we can work together to engage female students in the automotive industry.”

 

During the SkillsUSA contest hosted by Ranken Technical College, WAC member Gene Slattery and WAC sponsor coordinator Sheena Wagner, who is a parent of a Ranken collision student, promoted the association and assisted by interviewing students in the competition.

 

WAC’s next membership meeting will be held on March 19 at 5:30 p.m.

 

Jones shared, “We have many job fairs and a car show to attend in the next couple of months, plus WAC members are working on setting up road trips to vo-tech schools outside of the St. Louis area. The goal would be to learn about their automotive programs and how we can help encourage more students to seek jobs in the industry.

 

“Followers of our Facebook page will start seeing potential events posted with a request for WAC members to sign up if they would like to work the event on behalf of WAC. People within the industry may see these events posted and decide to have their company participate as well. Imagine the impact of not only having a WAC booth at a middle school job fair but also 10+ industry-related companies. Now that would make quite a statement!”


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