Elizabeth Kruse loves everything about cars from the smell of the leather to the smell of gear oil. Thanks in part to Dealer Principle Judy Schumacher, Kruse is about to graduate as a certified GM-ASEP technician. Kruse received the “Yes I Can” Named Dealership Scholarship from Schumacher Chevrolet, offered for the first time in 2016 as part of the WRN Drive to Succeed Scholarship program. Schumacher created the $2,500 scholarship to honor Karen Miskimins, WRN’s first Scholarship chair. For two years, Kruse has been studying to become an automotive service technician at Brookdale Community in Lincroft, N.J, and working at as an auto tech at L&M Auto Center. When she enters the workforce, Kruse will have both the hands-on experience and academic training to become an immediate asset to her employer. WRN Scholarship Chair Lisa Rebowe says Kruse is, “exactly the type of student the scholarship program was designed to help.” Kruse is still a rare breed—a female pursuing a career in auto service. Because of the Scholarship program, we’re increasing our pipeline with women like Kruse, and growing the number of qualified women working in all retail positions.
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