Careers for women in automotive technology and preventative car maintenance will be the focus of a fun, hands-on day for 30 Girl Scouts Saturday, January 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Owens Community College.
The Owens Transportation Technologies Department, along with the Maumee Valley Girl Scouts Council, will present a "Car Sense" workshop at the Transportation Technologies Center (TT) on the Owens Toledo-area Campus, Oregon Road.
Beginning at 10 a.m. in TT Room 141, the Girl Scouts will learn about preventative car maintenance, how to choose a service technician, what your emergency car kit should contain, car safety and potential career opportunities for women in automotive technology. Owens students and faculty will lead the activities, with help from Owens alumni within the field of automotive technology.
Following lunch, from 1:30-4 p.m. in the TT Auto Lab, the Girls Scouts will get involved in hands-on activities such as checking tire pressure with a gauge, replacing windshield wiper blades, changing a tire, putting oil in a car and more.
Randy Ratliff, Owens diesel technology instructor, also will give the Girl Scouts rides in a semi-truck on campus.
"We want to help the young women recognize potential problems and learn preventative maintenance associated with their vehicles, while also providing them with the skills to fix any problems that may occur," said Del Lockhart, automotive technologies instructor at Owens, who helped to organize the event. "This event also allows them to learn about the variety of opportunities available to women within automotive technology."
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