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TSTC Auto Collision Repair Program Growing Skills for Students’ Futures

First-semester students at Texas State Technical College. First-semester students at Texas State Technical College.


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This fall at Texas State Technical College, four female students are taking the automotive plastic and sheet molded compound repair class.

This makes Kayla Walsh, a first-semester student in the auto collision and management technology program from Arvada, CO, very happy.


“Females are more detail-oriented,” she said. “It’s breaking that barrier.”


Walsh and her classmates worked in a recent lab using two-sided structural bumper covers that included several steps to clean, taper, sand and apply adhesive.


Walsh had never done this kind of work before enrolling at TSTC’s Waco campus. She said in high school, she knew she wanted to go to a technical college but also wanted to leave Colorado. She got into the car and truck scene where she lived and liked seeing the transformations made on vehicles.


Texas appealed to her, so she did research online and came across TSTC and the program in which she ultimately chose to study.


“It was the only college I toured, and I loved it,” Walsh said. “Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone. We are here to learn.”


After graduation, Walsh said she wants to paint semi trucks and work in a repair shop, hopefully in Texas.


Jannifer Stimmel, an instructor in TSTC’s auto collision and management technology program, said she is always happy to see women in her classes. She said she has noticed more prospective female students touring the program. Stimmel is also a graduate of the program.


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