You can turn an interest into an actual career at any stage in life
Allie Bowen’s grandfather had a passion for Volkswagens and iconic 1980’s cars which made a big impression on her as a child. That passion is what brought her to Aims after a brief detour.
Allie earned a B.S. in Marketing from Metro State and worked in the Marketing field for a few years, but found herself unsatisfied. She realized she was ready to switch gears, and entered the Automotive Service Technology program in 2014. “I wanted to pursue my passion and learn a hands-on skill, so I decided to enroll at Aims,” she said. One of the most important lessons Allie learned during her studies was “to be determined to reach my goals, no matter the obstacles I face.”
After receiving her Master Automobile Service Technology, A.A.S degree in 2017, Allie stayed on at Aims as an auto tech teaching assistant. She also gained industry experience working at a local independent automotive repair shop. She said that “graduating with a specific skill set and clear career path” were the most rewarding things about her Aims education. Her best advice to future Aardvarks? “Ask questions, get your hands dirty, and do not be afraid to fail.”
This Fall, Allie will become the first female automotive service technology instructor at Aims. “Aims is special to me because it’s where I discovered my passion for both automotive service and teaching.” Through her experience at Aims, Allie realized that “you can turn an interest into an actual career at any stage in life.” We are proud that the first female instructor in the Auto Tech department is an Aims Alum! Way to go, Allie!
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