For the fourth year in a row, the Women’s Industry Network (WIN) awarded a scholarship to attend NACE to the top-scoring female winner at SkillsUSA. This year’s recipient, Soraya Y. Gonzalez, placed 7th in the automotive refinishing 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).
Additionally, Gonzalez will be honored at the ASA sponsored industry awards ceremony on Oct. 11. She will also receive a 2011 WIN membership.
After high school, Gonzalez attended the Larry Selland College, which ran all of the technical education at Boise State University. She studied collision repair. Unfortunately, the program ended, so she transferred to the College of Western Idaho, where she continued her studies in collision repair. Her future goals include returning to Boise State University to complete a degree in business.
“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, ASE’s director of collision repair test development, who serves as WIN’s scholarship committee co-chair.
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