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Women Encouraged to Take the Wheel


Published on April 9th, 2020

Southwest Virginia Community College is offering a popular new program this year that could lead to jobs with high-wage salaries and be completed in as little as six months. Students will receive hands-on training to prepare for entry-level automotive technician positions which could lead to Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications.  The classes will target both male and female students in low- to moderate-income levels and is being sponsored by grants from the Department of Housing and Community Development, ARC, and Perkins.

The next cohorts will begin August 24 with both a day and an evening cohort offered.

The short-term, fast-track program offers an Automotive Diagnostics and Repair Career Studies Certificate. Students will also have opportunities to earn one or more of the following four SNAP-ON certifications: Automotive Scanner Diagnostics; Electronic and Mechanical Torque; Wheel Service and Alignment; and Rotor Matching Master Technician Certification.

According to the Department of Labor, a 6% job growth is currently expected in this field and the average annual salary for an automotive technician is nearly $39,000. Individuals who obtain ASE certifications have been known to earn between $75,000–100,000 annually depending on the region in the country in which they work and the job demand.

Southwest Virginia Community College encourages both males and females to check out this program. Although once male-dominated, more women than ever are taking advantage of the excellent opportunities available in this field to earn family wages.  

Graduates of Automotive Diagnostics & Repair programs usually pursue jobs as automotive technicians, automotive service managers, service writers, service advisors, heavy equipment technicians, small engineer repair technicians, and warranty administrators.

For more information, contact: or 276.964.7227 or 276.964.7278

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