The first Women's Night Out was held Wednesday evening at the Abilene Civic Center. The event was sponsored by Texas State Technical College with hopes of attracting more women to the school to gain technical experience.
Julie Cromeens is the Director of Marketing for TSTC. She said lately, more women have been choosing to study programs such as automotive repair and welding.
Cromeens said the key is to "have more technical skills as those jobs continue to grow and the need for skilled labor grows nationwide."
Janyth Ussery attended TSTC and is now the Associate Vice President of Enrollment at the Abilene campus. She said she can understand women who are afraid to go back to school because she was one of them.
"I didn't think I could go back to college in fact I almost turned around and drove off campus the first day," said Ussery.
Ussery said she was supporting two children when she chose to go back to school at TSTC.
"I needed something that was a value and that was a short time and I could get a career in," said Ussery.
Now Ussery said she enjoys her job because she gets to help other women get an education.
"It's perfect for women because we can get you in and get you out and get you in a career quickly and that's really important to a lot of women," Ussery said.
Ussery also said TSTC offers classes at all times in order to cater to mothers and working professionals.
For a link to the full list of programming for TSTC West Texas campuses, click here: