At Home Under the Hood
Kim Hensley didn't know exactly what she wanted to do for a living, but she knew that the job she was in wasn't it. Seeking a new career path, she began to think about what kind of work excited her.
"I was really in need of something new," the 27-year-old says. "It sounds funny, but I was always curious about cars, but was never surrounded by people who could teach me anything about them. So, I decided to find a program that could teach me."
Hensley settled on DMACC's Automotive Technology program. Now more than a year into it, she says it was absolutely the right decision for her—even if she is one of just a small handful of women in the program.
"Part of what I wanted to do was to open doors and open the eyes of other women by showing them this is an industry they could thrive in," Hensley, who is comfortable bucking stereotypes, says. "I'm in no way a 'gear head'," she says with a laugh. "I just want to fix stuff. There is so much more thinking and finesse that go into this kind of work. At DMACC they emphasize that. It's not just swinging a hammer. It's about learning how things work and how to put them back together."
She credits her instructors with keeping her moving toward her ultimate goal of putting her newly acquired knowledge to work.
"I could be discouraged being a woman in a traditionally male dominated field, but I'm not," she says. "A lot of that has to do with how supportive everyone is at DMACC. They push me to want to be as good as I can possibly be."