True to the Warrior Projects Mission Statement in serving as a platform for women in the automotive industry, we welcomed two students from the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center in Ohio this week as they traveled to volunteer on the Valkyrie Project car build.
High school students Shayla Frederick and Maurisa Russell assisted our Technical Lead, Karen, in installing the Thermo-Tec Sonic Insulation and Sound Deadening matting and reconditioned parts including the drive shaft, front bumper supports, and the original air cleaner. On their last day, they began the installation of the new carpet kit and finished the day working on the suspension where they installed the sway bar.
In the school’s support of Shayla and Maurisa gaining this project experience, their teacher and chaperone, Kristin Bielik, said, “The project was an excellent way to show these girls that women can and are an important part of the industry. It was an empowering experience for them, and we are so grateful to have had that opportunity. It even got me interested in the field, as I had an awesome time working on the car. Thank you for developing this project and giving women the chance to be a part of this amazing experience.”
Karen was thoroughly impressed with the project dedication that Shayla and Maurisa showed during the week. She said, “They were great students. Enthusiastic and very willing to learn. I enjoyed working with each of them, and know they will have great careers in the industry!”