For the sixth year in a row, the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) has awarded scholarships to attend NACE to the two top scoring female winners at SkillsUSA.Like this article? Sign up to receive our weekly news blasts here.
This year’s recipients are Jessica Crowley, who placed 3rd in the automotive refinishing technology category, and Kristina Shaver, who is the high scorer in the collision repair technology category. The WIN scholarship includes airfare, lodging and associated expenses, as well as a full access NACE Expo Pass provided by the Automotive Management Institute (AMI) and ASA. Additionally, Crowley and Shaver will be honored at the ASA sponsored industry awards ceremony on October. They will also receive a 2012 WIN membership.
Crowley is a native of Boise, Idaho and entered the Collision Industry by enrolling in the College of Western Idaho’s Autobody and Collision Program. Following her 2012 graduation, she began working as a lead commercial painter for Wrecker Sales in Mountain Home.
“It’s the people I have met along the way that have made this never ending journey rewarding,” said Jessica recently. “I wake up every morning with the question of what I can do for someone else and this attitude is what has propelled this trouble maker to turn it all around and have a fulfilling career in the Automotive Industry.” Jessica is currently completing her Associates in Applied Science at College of Western Idaho.
Shaver is a second year Collision Repair student at Baker College in Flint, Michigan. “I have loved cars and working on them my whole life,” Kristina shared. “As much as auto body repair is about returning vehicles to given specifications, it’s also an art form.” A native of Birch Run, Michigan, Kristina is currently employed at Golden Elm Dairy.
“The WIN NACE scholarship goes to the heart of WIN’s mission to support and encourage women who are entering the industry, particularly those in the technical ranks. Surrounded by our amazing WIN members, this scholarship has consistently been a wonderful way to introduce young women to the collision industry,” said Teresa Bolton, Director, Collision Repair Test Development, ASE who also serves as WIN’s Scholarship Co-Chair and Treasurer.
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