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Shelly Tanner - Great Plains Technology Center

Shelly Tanner excels as the lone woman in a diesel mechanic program.
Shelly Tanner - Great Plains Technology Center

Shelly Tanner *Photo courtesy of Jeff Dixon, Lawton Constitution

THEN: A girl growing up in a family of truck drivers. Shelly’s experience with working on big trucks started early. While at Elgin High School Shelly turned to Great Plains Technology Center’s diesel mechanics technician program to

  • Improve skills as a mechanic and expand wiring and electricity knowledge.
  • Instill confidence in a male-dominated program.
  • Maintain her diesel pickup truck and to be able to help others with their vehicles.

NOW: Shelly is considered by her instructors to be one of the best mechanics in the program. After high school graduation she plans to use her skills as a diesel mechanic to work her way through college to become a chiropractor.