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Ashley Mansfield

Ashley Mansfield is the Director of Student Success and works closely with students and advisors in the Automotive Technology department. She is also the staff contact for the Automotive Women's Group on campus.

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New student orientation matters

Posted by Ashley Mansfield on Aug 18, 2016 1:55:26 PM


The transition from high school to college generates a wide-range of emotions for our new students, and understandably so. They will encounter new classmates, new professors, new classrooms, and new course material. They will also develop a sense of independence, which starts the moment they enter the doors of Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT). 

College is not easy, and it requires students to take on more initiative and self-advocacy to succeed. This is where Student Orientation can help.

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Topics: News, Student Success

Women in Automotive Technology on track to become industry leaders

Posted by Ashley Mansfield on Apr 12, 2016 4:17:00 PM


Today, there exists exciting career opportunities for women to enter the growing automotive industry. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the country’s automotive repair and maintenance industry is expected to add 237,500 new jobs and will grow by 30% through 2020. 

Yet, women in the automotive industry are significantly underrepresented across all positions in the field. Men hold approximately 75% of all jobs within the industry, and over 95% of all technical positions, including automotive technicians and service advisors.

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) currently has 12 women enrolled in our automotive department across our certificate, associate, and bachelor's degree programs, which is about 10% of all students in the Automotive Technology department. This number has remained steady for the past few years. Yet, while we have made strides in recruiting women into this program, more work needs to be done to support them in building a network and gaining self-confidence.


According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, the country's automotive repair and maintenance industry is expected to add 237,500 new jobs and will grow by 30% through 2020.



Last year, with the help of students, BFIT established the Automotive Women’s Group to serve as a forum for women to network, gain job-ready skills, and share experiences in the automotive field. Since that time, the group has hosted meetings and invited women in the automotive industry to speak about their careers. These activities have already resulted in mentorship opportunities and job offers for some students.

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Topics: News, Automotive Technology

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