Women are breaking gender barriers in a field traditionally dominated by men.
Danville Community College now has two women teaching its electrical courses full time and has one woman teaching welding.
The college says it's a big deal because female teachers are the minority in Virginia colleges, especially for courses in those fields.
Professor Teresa Toler doesn't know why women aren't interested, but she's encouraging more to sign up.
"Whether it's female or male you want that person who has the natural ability to just want to take things apart, put them back together again, interested in the technologies," Toler said.
Today was the first day of classes at DCC.
So far only one woman is enrolled in these higher level classes. Toler says companies look specifically for people in her classes.
She says there are generally more jobs available than there are students.