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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    CONTACT: Myrna Whitehead
    (806) 716-2212
    mwhitehead@southplainscollege.edu

    Female electrician trainees to light up male-dominated industry  

    LEVELLAND – The road to becoming an electrician can be a long, but rewarding experience. It requires a four-year apprenticeship to attain a Journeyman license and a final exam to become an electrician. The task is far from easy. However, two female South Plains College Electrical and Power Transmission Technology students are willing to tackle the challenge of completing the journey in the male-dominated profession.

    With the knowledge and education provided by SPC, Ashley Buzbee and Angela Eggert are well on their way to becoming skilled electricians.

    Buzbee, a Big Spring native, said her interest in becoming an electrician began while working as a salesperson for an electrical distribution company. She said she spoke to electricians who frequented the company, and decided the field would be a great fit for her.

    “I knew this is what I wanted to do so I started looking around for schools,” she said. “SPC was one of the best schools around this area for my program, so that’s why I decided to attend here. When I started, I fell in love (with the program) and I love my instructors which is why I keep coming back.”

    Buzbee said after she completes her coursework next fall semester, her plans include beginning a four-year apprenticeship in the oil field. And ultimately, she wants to own her own business. She said being a woman in this field will not stop her from accomplishing her goals.

    “It doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, you have to learn yourself,” she said. “There’s no limit to what you can do, just know what you need to do and get it done. In the end, an employer isn’t going to care if you’re male or female – they’re going to care about the work.”

    This year, Buzbee is not the only female taking on the work load required of an ELPT student. She has a female peer.

    Growing up in Levelland, Eggert said she often did what was expected of her from her friends and family. After receiving her associate degree in Business from SPC, she attended Eastern New Mexico University and attained her bachelor’s degree in Business.

    “I just hated being in an office all day,” she said. “I knew sitting inside all day was not for me so I started thinking of different trades. Becoming an electrician really sparked my interest.”

    Eggert said she’s glad she made the decision to return to SPC to learn about the trade. In addition to her goal of becoming an electrician, she also wants to earn a Commercial Driver’s License through courses offered at the college before completing her coursework next fall and beginning her four-year apprenticeship.

    Ultimately, she wants to settle into a good company in this area. And with a young daughter at home, Eggert said she’s focused and willing to put in the extra work to become successful.  

    “Going into the class, even seeing all males, I think we’re all starting at the same place – the beginning,” she said. “It all depends on what you make of it. If it’s something you want to do, you’ll go for it. If you fail, at least you tried.”

     
    Powerline GIrls
    Ashely Buzbee, left, and Angela Eggert

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