Thursday, February 24, 2022

Join ATA and Wallace State for Women In Diesel showcase

Wallace State Community College is holding a Women in Diesel virtual Meet and Greet on March 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. We need your help getting the word out to women who might be interested in attending.

It’s an opportunity to hear from Haley Pang, a diesel technician working in our local industry for more than seven years, and Lucie Moore, one of six female diesel students currently enrolled at Wallace State.

But why should we be encouraging women to work as Diesel Technicians? As you know, here in Alabama we’re facing a critical shortage of techs. It has the potential to cripple our industry and the whole country’s supply chain. Women currently make up less than 1 percent of diesel techs. If we can bump that percentage up to, let’s say 5 percent, we can significantly expand our technician workforce — We can become national leaders!

Haley and Lucie have two important things in common. First, both women love the field. Second, they both grew up in truck-driving families and had experience working on cars. We’re guessing that’s also true of some of your daughters, sisters, cousins and friends.

Even if the women you know have no background in automotive, Wallace State has an excellent program that can teach them. They have state-of-the-art equipment and technology, even including virtual reality labs! Students have the option to take online classes and the program is offered on nights and weekends as well as during the day.

Please text any women you think may be interested in attending the Virtual Meet & Greet the URL with a note from you encouraging them to attend.

We have also developed an image optimized for mobile phones which you can download into your photos — and forward along with the link.

Together we can solve the shortage of diesel technicians and keep everything moving.