Construction student puts on tool belt as part-time Metro Tech employee

As a little girl, Natasha Wiley was fascinated with activities designed for boys. Now a woman, she continues on that non-traditional gender path in her Construction Technology classes at Metro Technology Centers.
 
Wiley, mother to a five-year-old little boy, enrolled in construction classes with hopes of one day building a church with her husband. Rather than watch the action, she wants to be involved in the labor, even though she knows that doesn’t always gain approval.
 
The intimidation women sometimes feel when trying to work in a male-dominated field is motivation for Wiley to continue pursuing her education and goals.
 
“I know many women who enjoy working with their hands, but they are afraid of how they will be treated. I want to one day own my own construction company that hires women,” Wiley says.
 
Natasha spends most of her free time doing volunteer work in the community. Whether it's fixing things around the house for her mother – who raised eight children as a single parent – or doing things for two churches she is involved with, she enjoys giving back.

“My mom inspired me to help others build a better life for themselves, even when you don’t have a whole lot yourself. That is ultimately my goal.”

In March, Natasha was hired as a part-time Metro Tech employee, working in maintenance at the South Bryant Campus. Upon completion of Mr. Sanders' program, she plans to continue her education in related trades at SBC.