Based in Portland and Ashland, Oregon, United Bicycle Institute has been the leader in bike mechanic instruction for many years now.
For the third year in a row, bike industry heavy hitters QBP, SRAM, RockShox and Park Tool have teamed up with United Bicycle Institute to offer 16 scholarships for an all-women’s class of Professional Repair and Shop Operations at UBI.
The scholarship was created with the recognition that the bike industry needs to do a better job of reaching out to women and serving them more effectively. The program is dedicated to getting more women on bikes while supporting the development of women mechanics. More than 1,200 applications were submitted in the first two years of the program.
“Technical knowledge can be a huge barrier for women who want to develop their careers in the bike industry” says Alix Magner, QBP National Sales Manager and Scholarship Program Manager. “This scholarship is one step in creating a better talent pool for the industry to pull from.”
We here at ORbike couldn’t agree more and hope to see more women in the industry over time.
Deadline for the this year’s scholarship is October 31, 2015.