According to a report on KHOU.com, the U.S. Department of Labor predicts massive growth in the automotive service industry with as many as 37,000 jobs a year needed to meet demand. Jasmine Storey, a student at Universal Technology Institute in Houston, TX, and several other female techs, will be ready right along with the guys.
From the KHOU.com website:
The Universal Technology Institute, just a few miles west of Bush Intercontinental Airport, is a sprawling campus where automotive mechanics and repair technicians have been trained for more than 30 years. But this year, students like Jasmine Storey are helping write a new chapter in that history.
“I feel the most comfortable I’ve felt anywhere,” said Storey, 24, one of the few females enrolled in the one–year Collision Repair and Refinish Technology Program (CRRT).
Originally from Atlanta, Jasmine’s parents wanted her to be an attorney. And she did complete nearly four years of college pursuing a degree in Business Administration. But it never felt right. Getting her hands dirty did.
“I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. I laugh every day and that was something that just did not take place when I was at a four-school,” she said.
And along with her classmates, almost all male, Storey is in high demand. Storey has a 3.85 GPA and has two industry job offers already, even though she doesn’t graduate until September.