One school seeing more male nurses, more female mechanics

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) – There are certain types of careers that many of us think of as jobs for men and jobs for women.  Those long held stereotypes aren't true anymore!  Next time you're in the doctor's office, the nurse who helps you out might be a man and when your car goes into the shop the person repairing it could be a woman.  This is a trend we're seeing in the workforce and in the classroom!

"I like working with my hands and I always liked cars," said Christina Stowers.

"I'm really a people kind of person, enjoy interacting with people," said Tim Flebbe.

"There are always going to be nurses.  Job security is always there," said Ben Ulibarri.

There are several men in the nursing programs and females in classes for automotive collision repair at Black River Technical College.

"Men are needed just like women are needed in other fields where it is male dominated.  That male perspective you're treating both males and females," said Flebbe.

Instructor Larry Dail said it's nice to see more women coming into this line of work.

"We still would like to have more get into the field but we have more now than we did when I started here 23 years ago," said Dail.

Christine Stowers is one woman in a class full of men.  While she is excited about her future she agrees it could be tough.

"I actually think they would rather have a male do it but then there might be some that would think a woman would be better with her hands," said Stowers.

"There might even be a lot of male patients that would rather have a male nurse than a female nurse," said Ulibarri.

Students in both fields say some are very accepting of their choice while others don't understand it.

"I don't think there's any more of a diverse field that you could go into," said Keith Britton.

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