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Kathy Devlin
Head Instructor, Detroit Joint Electrical Apprenticeship Program, IBEW/NECA

My first degree in the ’70s was a double major in biology and zoology. I went off and I worked in that field for almost ten years. And then the economy became a little volatile, so I left that position. I started an apprenticeship in 1981 and worked for ten years in the trade as an electrician. The school called and asked me to apply to become an instructor. So I did that. I began teaching here in 1996 and then I’m still here seventeen years later.

I’d like to see more apprentice women apply to get in. I certainly would like to see that. So I’m not sure why women don’t view this as a viable profession for them. I mean my experience has been terrific. I wouldn’t change a thing. I love being an electrician. I loved working in the field, but actually I love what I’m doing now. I think it’s a great trade for women.

From June 6, 2012, interview