Athens Technical College:Spotlight Student
Date:August 30, 2017
Alice Bellamy has been selected to receive the 2017 Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Scholarship. As a current Automotive Technology student at Athens Technical College, the scholarship will be used to assist with tuition, fees, or book expenses.
Alice started her journey at Athens Technical College in the Adult Education Department where she earned her GED®. Soon after, she enrolled and earned the Manufacturing Operations Specialist, TCC (Technical Certificate of Credit).
Though Alice earned her TCC as a manufacturing operations specialist, she felt something calling her to the Automotive Technology program. She recalls, "I have always wanted to be an automotive technician. My father was a technician in the US Army, and I have six brothers who taught me how to work on automobiles." Making the decision to attend Athens Technical College took careful research. "Along with the research and the reviews of the program, I received great feedback from the Program Chair, Mr. Jeff Hill. These reviews and opinions made the choice for Athens Technical College an easy one", Alice stated.
Alice feels that her biggest challenge has been establishing herself in a male dominated profession. She states, "Overcoming the stereotype of women in a non-traditional field has been trying". Through her hard work-ethic and knowledge of automobiles, Alice has begun to conquer those notions. She says, "My largest triumph to date is seeing the looks on the faces of my male counterparts when they realize I am serious about my career, I can do the work, and I am not afraid to get dirty". She then joked, "I clean up well!"
When asked to provide words of encouragement to others, Alice says, "I would tell anyone that you are never too old to achieve your dream. If your dream is to work on cars and trucks, enroll, take all the classes you can. Never let someone define what you can or cannot do. Only you can build your career, negativity is your worst enemy."
Alice will graduate with her Associate Degree in Automotive Technology in fall 2018.