According to WAC President Shelly Jones, “In addition to our normal meeting, we heard from the [school’s] collision repair instructor, Ken Neuman, about the [auto body] program. One of his students, Raven, told us about his journey that led him to the program. While on a tour of the school, Raven saw a lamp made out of car parts, which got him interested in the artistic side of working [with] cars and led him to sign up for the collision program. The meeting attendees enjoyed Raven's speech and had many follow-up questions. He is an artist that found an interest in working on cars.”
WAC Vice President Jess Crump added, “This event went really well, and I'm glad we got to speak with one of the students in the auto body program. He was able to give us some insight about what attracted him to the industry and the things he likes best about the program. This kind of information is really helpful to us because we want to reach students in different ways to get the best response from our efforts. He seemed to really enjoy the meeting too. I look forward to hearing from more students as we travel to different schools.”
The meeting was held to discuss the group’s current status and future events and learn about the school’s auto body program.
“It is important for people and companies in the industry to work together to attract younger generations into the trade,” Jones noted. “The expectation was to bring members and guests together to continue working on our mission. We accomplish this by meeting monthly, developing goals and tasks that will keep our organization healthy, and keeping a calendar of future events to attend that lead us toward our mission of creating career awareness.”
WAC Treasurer Julie Hemann recently added an online store to the WAC Facebook page where t-shirts can be purchased. The proceeds benefit WAC’s mission to enhance industry awareness amongst students.
WAC’s next meeting will be held on Nov. 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Clark Career Center.