WACO, TX. — Three women who followed their career path at the Texas State Technical College set an example they never imagined. Since 2010, TSTC has seen only men graduate from one program, but that changed this summer. Chrystal Robinson, Amber Voss and Keely Brown created a bond after realizing they were the only women taking the course.
"I wanted to challenge myself because I am good with my hands so I decided to go with electrical, " said Chrystal Robinson.
"I always liked working with my hands. I like doing manual labor because it makes me feel like I accomplished something," said Keely Brown. "My father and grandfather are master electricians, so I grew up around it," said Amber Voss.
All of them proving that women can do it, too. The last female to graduate from the program was their professor, Letha Novosad who says it's been rewarding to see them work as hard as they have together.
" To know that she [Letha Novosad] came through this program, it was a true testament to show others that you can do it to," said Robinson.
Brown and Voss are going to continue their studies at TSTC for a few more semesters but all of them hope they can inspire more women to try male-dominated industries.
" You just have to get out and try it. I really hope other women and girls see other women doing it and think, 'I can do it too.' It's not just a man thing, I don't know why that is the stereotype. Anyone can do it," said Brown.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of electricians that will be needed in the US is projected to be more than 726,000.