Young women get to explore careers in automotive tech

CCISD provided photo A team of female students experiences using a torch during the 2017 Women in Automotive Career Day, which took place last week at the CCISD’s CTE building in Hancock.

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District’s Automotive Technology class recently hosted a non-traditional Women in Automotive Career Day in which only female students were permitted to attend. The purpose of the class was to encourage female students to explore automotive technology as a possible career.

“Over 30 young ladies explored the class, and they loved it,” said George Stockero, CCISD superintendent. “They absolutely loved it. To see them maybe working on a torch, and what I find exciting to me is word-of-mouth from the kids.”

In addition to working with a torch, the young ladies experienced changing a flat tire, checking proper tire pressure, balancing a tire on a machine, and setting a vehicle hoist. The class was divided into five stations, and teams of students rotated through each station at the all-day event. This year’s Women in Automotive Career Day saw a significant increase in the number of students attending. Last year’s event saw 22 students, while this year’s attendance was 30.

“We are having more and more students take these classes,” Stockero said, “because they have positive experiences, so they go back and tell their classmates or their siblings and say ‘this is a fun class, take it.”

Stockero said he is excited over the expansion of the Career and Technical Education Department of the CCISD, because it allows students many more options within CTE as an alternative to attending college.

“I admit that we may have had in the past many kids take a CTE class that might not have been their first choice,” Stockero said, “but it was the only CTE class that was available.”

Stockero said in the future, he does not expect to see CTE classes with over 20 enrolled students, because they will have more options beginning next fall.

“We’re going to see between 10 and 20,” he said, “but think of how much one-on-one help they’re going to get, and that is what you are the most interested in.”