We need to look toward more women to close the gap for new service technicians. I am spearheading an initiative at our school to explore options for recruiting more nontraditional students to our automotive programs.
I have women each year in my classes, and they work through the curriculum fine. The drawback is getting them a place in our industry for an extended time. I don’t have many female students who make it very long — a year, maybe.
I need help with resources and ideas to promote hiring and retaining women who are passionate about our industry to help fill the needs. Times are changing, and we also have to change.
STEPHEN BOYD, Instructor, Automotive Technology, Francis Tuttle Technology Center-Rockwell, Oklahoma City
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