Warren Has Found Her Stride in Male-Dominated Industry

Trinity Warren has discovered the joy of working with her hands and has succeeded in an industry full of mostly men.

February 9, 2017

EL RENO – Just as in baseball, life throws everyone a curve now and then. Besides being unexpected, curve balls differ greatly from other pitches because they start out looking like any other pitch and then take a sharp downward turn.

Trinity Warren understands this concept quite well. She has suffered the ultimate life curve with the unexpected loss of both parents.

Still, she holds on to hope of a better future for herself and her two younger siblings. She chooses not to dwell on what she cannot control. Instead, she is pressing ahead.

And loving it.

Warren recently enrolled in the Auto Collision Technology program at Canadian Valley Technology Center’s El Reno Campus.

She discovered how working with her hands eases the pains of life and gives her confidence for what lies ahead.

The Piedmont High School junior plans to pursue a career in the industry, possibly in finding cars that have seen better days and making them sparkle again.

It’s the ultimate microcosm of her life.

“I fit in naturally in Auto Collision,” Warren said. “I grew up around boys. I even preferred playing with toy cars.

“I have another year in the program before graduating. I will wait and see what jobs open up. Until then, I just want to learn as much as I can.”

And there is plenty to learn.

Sanding. Scraping. Hammering. Washing. Painting. These are skills that must be honed in order to excel.

Warren said the challenge with the industry lies with the abundance of materials being used on car finishes.

“Cars are becoming more improved,” she said. “There is so much more plastic being used today.”

Warren has never blinked or wavered in her decision to enroll in a male-dominated field.

“When you have a good group of people around you, you don’t worry,” she said. “From the very first day I came here, they were all welcoming and nice to me.”

The immediate future includes saving for her first car.

“Growing up, I always wanted a (Ford) GT 500 but never had the opportunity,” she said. “I’m still waiting to see what my first car will be.”

Warren lives with extended family in Piedmont. The best advice she has received from family and friends, she said, is to keep doing her best and living life to the fullest.

“Everyone wants me to go forward in life and keep going,” Warren said. “Whenever someone encounters a situation like losing a parent or in my case, both parents, you have a job to do.

“If you have younger siblings, you have to stand up, be the adult and move on. Your brothers and sisters need to see that in you. That’s where I’m at.”

She also wants to model behavior for other girls."

“I can be a role model for girls who might want to learn what I’m learning in this program too,” she said. “I can make a difference.”

CV Tech Auto Collision instructor David Venard said Warren would be far from alone in the industry.

“Our industry is far behind in my opinion, at least here in Oklahoma,” he said. “There are a lot more female painters, particularly, around the country.

“Trinity fits into that mold that she can work with anybody, whether male or female. Her perseverance is one reason why she will excel.”