For some Cape Fear Community College students, it is a woman's world -- from changing the oil in a car, to driving an 18-wheeler. These women can take apart your car, and put it back together, right alongside the men who have typically dominated the auto body business, and they are giving them a run for their money. CFCC auto body collision repair student Heather Hitchens said, "I've had a few guys say they were quite surprised to see me get my fingers dirty. Some of them think that we can't do it, but we are still here, doing our thing, showing them that we can." Amber Derider who is also in CFCC's auto body collision repair programs said, "A lot of people think women aren't capable of doing the same thing men are, but we are here proving ourselves, and feeling good about it." Right now there are 12 auto body and collision repair students at CFCC. Four of them are women. Angela Swisher is in the truck driving program at CFCC. She wants to be a truck driver so she can see the rest of the country. She says the fact that she is a woman, does not seem to get in her way. "No one treats you different if you are a female around here," said Swisher. All of these women say it is all about proving what they are capable of. Helping these young women achieve their career goals are several female instructors, who have experienced first hand what it is like to work in a male dominated field.
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