West Grove, PA – Lilliana Guzman has loved visiting heruncle’s auto shop for as long as she can remember. Starting at a very youngage, she would watch her uncle work on cars in amazement, and before she knewit, she had picked up on a few tips here and there - tips she shares on hernationally award winning video, How toChange an Air Filter.
A junior at Avon Grove High School, Guzman finds herselfchanging tires for friends and family, enjoying her auto service technologyclasses at the Chester County Technical College High School, and planning tocontinue her education at the University of Northwestern Ohio.
In the fall, Guzman's automotive technology instructor John Dowling recommended she participate in the “Show Us Your Wheels” contest sponsored by the National Car Care Council Women’s Board. "Lilliana is motivated and hardworking and is respected by her classmates for her knowledge and ability," said Dowling. "I wanted to help open doors for her through the Car Care Council." Guzman took her love of cars and the skills shelearned from her uncle and in the auto service technology program at theTechnical College High School, and scripted, filmed and edited a two-minutevideo on how to change an air filter. The rest is, as they say, history. Guzman was selected asthe 2010 winner. The contest called for teens nationwide to show why they arepassionate about their vehicles and how to maintain it in a three-minute (orless) video. The contest was a new category in the council’s annual AutomotiveCommunications Awards program.
While Guzman is proud of her accomplishment, the contest hadmore meaning for her than winning an award.
“For me, the best part of winning the contest is that I canshow other girls that they shouldn’t be afraid to do something they enjoy –even if it isn’t typically a female profession,” said Guzman. “If you think youmight be interested in something, just go for it; don’t let anything hold youback.”
As the national winner, Guzman received a 16GB iPod Nano,and her video was shown during the Women’s Board award reception duringAutomotive Aftermarket Industry Week in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her video is alsofeatured on the Women’s Board web site located at http://women.carcare.org, andcan also be viewed on YouTube by clicking here.
“She (Guzman) exemplified not only the purpose of raisingawareness of vehicle maintenance, but also was a great example of a youngfemale pursuing a career in the automotive industry,” said Beatrice Livioco,Multi-Media Specialist for the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, ofwhich the Women’s Board is a committee.
“My goal is to be a great mechanic someday,” said Guzman.“Opportunities like this help me share what I have learned so far to helpothers.”
According to its web site, the goal of the Car Care CouncilWomen's Board is to encourage women to become active in vehicle maintenance,and to promote career opportunities for women in the automotive parts andservice industry. For more information on the Women’s Board, please click here.
The Chester County Technical College High School,Pennsylvania’s first hybrid career and technical high school/community college,is accepting applications for the 2011-12 school year. For more information,please click here.
Pictured Above:Pictured is Lilliana Guzman, a juniorat Avon Grove High School, in her auto service technology class at the ChesterCounty Technical College High School. Guzman was recently selected as the 2010winner of the “Show Us Your Wheels” video contest sponsored by the National CarCare Council Women’s Board.