From Chris Otts’ article on the WDRB.com website:
Alyssa Claycomb decided her career path as a senior at Bullitt Central High School when her government teacher put up a chart showing in-demand and well-paying professions.
Doctor, lawyer, dentist – she had no interest in those. But “automotive technician” caught her eye.
“I was like, hey — I could totally do that,” Claycomb remembers thinking.
At the time, Claycomb had never so much as changed a vehicle’s oil. And she was only a few months from learning that she was pregnant.
But on Wednesday, Claycomb – now 19 and the mother of a 23-month-old son – peered under the hood of a minivan at Wyler Dixie Honda and began taking apart the engine to replace piston rings.
A year into a special program at Jefferson Community and Technical College, Claycomb is able to take on the 9-hour piston-ring job while others who started working in the dealer’s service department before her haven’t moved beyond oil changes, tire rotations and other basic tasks.