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Rachel Bowser

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Hometown: Fort Calhoun, Neb.

Academic Program: Auto Collision Technology

Little Known Fact: "My brother is also in the program. We definitely have a little family-friendly competition going on!"

Rachel Bowser started out her college career at MCC thinking she would become an art major, something that was always her passion. As a Presidential Scholarship award winner her senior year of high school, she figured college would be smooth sailing. But she quickly found out art wasn't for her and wondered what to do next. Her brothers were always interested in cars, and she found herself doing body work outside of school in her hometown of Fort Calhoun, Neb. Bowser decided to make a complete switch and enroll in the Auto Collision Technology classes.

It was in the midst of sanding, painting, prepping and masking in the labs at the Applied Technology Center that she found art and beauty in body work. Although the program is dominated by male students, Bowser said it doesn't bother her. In fact, she believes it gives her an advantage over the competition. "I want other females to know that just because you're a female doesn't mean that you can't do the same things males do," she said. "I like it; it gives me a cutting edge above everyone else. There is a higher demand for females right now, so if you've ever thought about doing something like this, go for it!"

Bowser's ultimate goal is to become an insurance adjuster. "The instructors have given me lots of good feedback and prepared me for a career," she said of the faculty. "They're not afraid to tell you the truth to make you better." She plans to complete her program within the next year. "I really feel like I'm in the right spot. I'm heading on the right path towards a good future. I think this is going to be a very good experience for me here at Metro."

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