Girls auto clinic aims to empower women, change stereotypes

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV)-- Dane County School Consortium (DCSC) is hosting an auto clinic to educate high school girls on the ins and outs of the auto industry.

It's an 8-week course aiming to empower women to take charge in a career field that men typically dominate.

"I mean I really enjoy doing it." Ashley Fuller, Wilde East Towne Honda Apprentice said.

17-year-old Fuller, Sun Prairie High School Senior, has been turning wrenches from a young age.

"I liked cars my whole life. I worked on them a lot with my dad," she said.

She's no stranger to the grit and grime. She took the apprentice job hoping to drive change and encourage more women to join her.

"It's said to be a man's job, but women can do it just fine," she said.

"It's crazy actually because you'd never think a girl could work on a car. That's what people think," Taylor Mccollum, Cambridge High School Junior said.

She said she wanted to try something new so she signed up for the class.

"I learned how to change the oil on a car and then I went home that night and changed my oil," she said.

The goal of the crash course is to get women interested in a typically male-dominant career field.

Matt Baumgartner, DCDC instructor, said the auto industry is struggling for employment, and he wants to open a new door of opportunity.

"We've known for a while that women can do it. The basis is to get them started, get them interested and give it a try," he said.

He said he sees the wheels turning as the teens learn how to change tires, oil and gender roles

"I think if you really enjoy it you should follow your dreams and not be discouraged if it's a “man’s job.” If you want to do it, go for it," Fuller said.

If you're a sophomore or junior looking to get some hands-on experience in the garage, there’s still time to sign up on their target="_blank">website.