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City College student breaks into male dominated industry

City College student breaks into male dominated industry

Kianna Silva, 18, in the Automotive Department with a 1972 Chevelle, Wednesday, Oct. 7, at City College in Santa Barbara. Silva is pursuing her associate degree in Automotive Service and Technology. Swimming against the tide of expectation that mechanics are mostly male, 18-year-old Kianna Silva, a student in City College’s Automotive Technology department has found her passion and is currently pursuing her associates degree in Automotive Service and Technology. Silva, a recent graduate of San Marcos High School, was unaware of her passion for working on cars until, almost by accident, she took a basic mechanics class her junior year of high school. She took the class as she was planning on getting her license soon and, understandably, wanted to be a responsible car-owner. “Before I took that class all I knew about cars was that you turned the key in the ignition and the car magically turned on.” Silva recounts. Starting out as the only young woman in her ... read more

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