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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-Tuesday, April FIXING FOOD I FIXING CARS A mechanic in a miniskirt Liz Brown learns agricultural skills From miniskirt and lhe preparation ot gourmet meal to coveralls and the repair ol an old 1964 car Liz Brown enjoys it all. Mechanics was only one of many courses the only female graduate ol the vocational agriculture program studied along "with the boys" during the two years she spent at the Lethbridge Community College. She isn't a women's liberationisl still like the door opened tor but she does enjoy roughing it in the outdoors awav from large urban areas one ot the reasons she enrolled in the agriculture program It all began when the 26-year-old was a teenager and had a boyfriend who spent most of his time tixing an "old rattle trap" car. So Ms. Brown soon learned that il she was going to spend any time with the tellow. she would have to roll up her sleeves and become a "second-hand mechanic." She then took a mechanic short-course at night school and became "very interested in tinkering with cars." Belore she knew it she was up to her elbows in grease helping out in the pit at the stock car races. Now her mechanical ability is restricted to keeping her own car in operating condition. To keep her appointment lor this interview she "had to short-across the selenoid" on the car because it wouldn't "start with the key." Ms Brown entered the agriculture program by a process ol elimination alter she made the decision m Owen Sound. Ont.. to study a course that would lake her outdoors and away from the city And she chose the Lethbridge Community College because the tuition was low and the "agriculture course looked good She now is dreaming ol buying her own larm and operating it herself, but it she does, it will be in Kaslern Canada where rain tails from heaven" instead ol through pipes and ditches The LCC agriculture program gave her lhe background needed to take on such tasks as cultivating her own land, building a house and larm buildings, installing electrical wiring and plumbing and fixing machinery, she says. It would take about three years ol Ira veiling. Ms Brown says, to find the ideal location lor her tarm even though she is only looking lor about 150 acres Meanwhile, she hopes to obtain emplovment as an agriculture technician. The job, she hopes, will include working in a greenhouse another occupation in agriculture that interests her If the ambition she has to own a larm lails to materialize. Ms. Brown says she jusl may start her own greenhouse She is anxious to obtain practical, training working with plants Most people accept her ambition to enter occupations in the tield ol agriculture that have been traditionally occupied by men. But she was surprised to see more girls taking the programs at the college lhat lead to careers dominated by males "I never thought there wouldn't be other girls in the course when I applied, she says. In eastern Canada, there are girls in almost everv course ollered. she explains. Sludvmg with an all-male class lor two years in a male-oriented program can have an ellect on the way a young woman thinks. couple ol us guys." she began to s.iv. in explanation ol an incident thai look during classes at LCC Then Mil- gasped in horror at the male iclercnce lo hersell By JIM GRANT, Herald Staff Writer ;