On April 16, Women in Automotive and Collision (WAC) held its monthly meeting at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, MO.
Instructor Gerard Uhls, professor of automotive technology, hosted the group.
According to Shelly Jones, president of WAC, “Three students attended the meeting. There were two female students who told us about how they chose the program and career. They said that Mr. Uhls is a great instructor and that all the students enjoy his class. In my opinion, that is what it takes to fill these programs. We are fortunate to have great instructors in our area.”
Jess Crump, vice president of WAC, shared, “We had a great turnout at our event at Jefferson College. We had the opportunity to hear about the auto repair program from instructor Gerard Uhls and two of his current students in the program. We also had another student attend just to listen in before his classes began for the day. We also toured the facility and saw the students working. We had good response to this event from both WAC members and guests who've never attended before. I later received membership applications from a few of the attendees from that day. ”
Uhls provided WAC meeting attendees with a tour of the school’s facility and expressed interest in attending future association meetings and having WAC members join his advisory committee.
Uhls shared, “WAC is addressing an area that has needed attention for a long time. The women that come into our program have done very well and are usually exceptional students. The automotive field needs a lot of technicians, and women can help fill the void. We need to find a way to encourage female participation in our field. From my experience, females in automotive technology are detail-oriented and have a good work ethic. Some shops are just now seeing the benefit of hiring from this work group. I applaud the efforts of WAC.”
During the meeting, Crump and WAC Secretary Kelle Oeste shared a list of the events that WAC members have recently attended and encouraged members to add to the list by signing up to work events they are interested in.