Car Care Council Women’s Board Hosts Aftermarket Students Panel at
Portland, OR Meeting
The Car Care Council Woman’s Board summer meeting August 6-7, 2013 in Portland, Oregon hosted an enlightening panel discussion with four recent automotive program female students.
Participating in the discussion were Jennifer Zea, Janet Gallegos, Aurora Tappero, and Katy Grace Magdych. All of the students had attended the automotive program at Portland Community College.
The girls explained what they were looking for from their careers: Jennifer is interested in the creativity and satisfaction of becoming an expert at painting cars, Janet and Katy Grace want to be a proficient automotive technician and Aurora wants to run a mobile repair business.
The girls were not aware of the website www.automotivescholarships.com, but Katy Grace had received a scholarship from another program.
A poignant part of the interactive panel happened when each Women’s Board associate told the students about their job and offered advice on aftermarket careers. When the discussion turned to being a female in the auto care industry, the panel had mixed perspectives. In her experiences, Jennifer has felt that she could not ask a guy for help around the shop while another panelist has found that she has been able to learn a lot from men in her shop. Aurora agreed that sometimes it comes to embracing the differences in being a woman in the industry. As a woman, she feels people trust her more for answers about their vehicles.
A big take away from the students was the need for aftermarket women to visit their local automotive technical program in both the high schools and colleges, and spread the word about the available automotive scholarships and the various career avenues available in the automotive aftermarket. It is also important to reach out to the local instructors and guidance counselors as well and share this information.