Grace Robnett (right) shares her story of how she chose the collision repair program at Lewis and Clark Career Center. She has aspirations of painting for Boeing after graduation.

WAC strives to make women’s mark in collision industry careers

Women in Auto and Collision meet in St. Louis to highlight opportunities in collision repair

St. Charles, Mo.—WAC (Women in Auto and Collision), an industry group formed to create awareness of career opportunities, celebrated its first year at Lewis & Clark Career Center’s recent monthly membership meeting.

Group leadership spoke with the school’s auto body program instructor, principal, and a second-year student about the programs available and how to best reach their students. They also talked about the recent career fairs that they have had tables set up at as well.

“We had a great first year in operation and have officially received our 501(c)4 designation letter from the IRS,” WAC Vice President Jess Moroney said. “We hope to further our mission by reaching out to different automotive programs and professionals to get feedback while continuing to talk to young people about career opportunities at as many events as possible. We also hope to grow our membership to keep us diverse and have enough people to attend lots of events.”

In attendance were Sean Crader, Collision department instructor, and Dr. Andrew Stewart, director of Lewis and Clark Career Center. The second-year collision student, Grace Robnett, shared her story of how she chose the program. She met the now-retired collision instructor, Mike Kuechler, and was sold on the program, she said. Prior to starting the program, she had ambitions of becoming a patent attorney. Now she has aspirations of painting for Boeing after graduation.

“Women in Automotive & Collision has accomplished a lot of great milestones since being established in February 2018,” President of WAC Shelly Jones said. “WAC has attended over 20 events, held 11 general meetings, and engaged women and men in the St. Louis area to work together on building excitement for careers in the automotive industry. WAC could not achieve our goals without our growing membership and corporate sponsors.”

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