Wednesday, 18 November 2020 21:20

TSTC Auto Collision Program in Waco, TX, Provides Women with Skills for the Workforce


For Texas State Technical College student Haley Rios of Bryan, TX, auto collision and repair work is a family tradition.

Her grandfather used to own a paint and body shop where several relatives worked. She would go to the shop as a child and watch repair work being done.


"It was nice," Rios said. "I liked it."


Rios took automotive classes in high school and learned about brake repair, oil changes, shocks, struts and other vehicle components. When it came time to select a college after high school, Rios chose TSTC's Waco campus, which her father also attended.


Rios said she has enjoyed learning about different painting techniques and how vehicles are put together.


"The time spent out here (at TSTC) is actually working," she said. "I am a hands-on learner."


Rios will start work at Caliber Collision in Bryan after graduating in December from TSTC. She is a candidate for associate of applied science degrees in auto collision and management technology---refinishing specialization and auto collision and management technology---repair specialization.


Rios' advice for women interested in pursuing the auto collision and repair industry is simple.


"Go for it, and ignore what everyone says," she said.


Jannifer Stimmel, an instructor in TSTC's auto collision and management technology program, said women should pursue the field because it is fulfilling and rewarding.


"Women are very successful in this industry because many women are detail oriented," she said. "That is a huge asset in our field because...

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