Susan Blaser, instructor of the Electric Utility Line Technician Program at MCC-Business & Technology, has been selected as a recipient of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 100 Inspiring Women in STEM award.
The award is presented to 100 women whose work and achievements not only encourage others in their individual STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — fields, but also inspire a new generation of young women to consider careers in those fields.
According to the magazine, “These remarkable women continue to make a significant difference through mentoring and teaching, research, and other efforts worthy of this national recognition. To advance diversity, promote equality and build a stronger U.S. workforce, INSIGHT magazine recognizes the importance of increasing the number of women working in STEM professions.”
Elizabeth Miller nominated Blaser. Miller refers to Blaser as a “living legend.”
“I’ve witnessed her change lives of young women looking for a better lease on life for them and/or the family,” Miller said.
Blaser was not only the first woman to complete KCP&L’s line worker program but also the first female line worker in the entire state of Missouri.
Blaser advocates for women to join the program, as this profession does seek diversity in its hiring practices. The program is difficult to get into, but Blaser contends if she can do the job, so can others — men and women.
Blaser inspires the school-age boys and girls who visit with interactive and educational tours of her program on our campus. She reinforces that she is a linewoman and that line workers can be both men and women.
Blaser admits it was a great surprise to receive this recognition. She has been an instructor at MCC for nearly seven years, and her passion is teaching the lineman craft to the next generation.
“I hope to open opportunities in the male-dominated field by bringing women and other diverse candidates to the program. I am always looking for ways to reach all diverse candidates out there and let them know how many great opportunities there are in the utility field.”