Welding Scholarships Available for Women

June 12, 2024 sdawkins Blog

Women In Welding Scholarships 6 24Jefferson State is offering scholarships for women in the St. Clair County area interested in training for welding careers.

Leah Bigbee, Dean of Workforce Education, said the Welding Career Scholarship Program is a response to industry needs.

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“Employers in St. Clair County are ready to hire out of this program and see the value of recruiting women into this career field,” Bigbee said. “Welders must have great hands-on experience, critical thinking skills and keen attention to detail. Employers have noted our women graduating the programs have excellent skills in these areas.”

The program is a partnership of the Women’s Foundation of Alabama, St. Clair County Head Start, New Life Methodist Church, and Jefferson State.

Scholarships include program fees, and a supplies and transportation stipend.

An intensive 15-week course, the program teaches participants about welding symbols, reading welding detail drawings, physical characteristics and mechanical properties of metals, preheating of metals, post heating of metals, and more.

Also, a student success component includes one-on-one career coaching with students, the development of a Career Action Plan, professional networking through a panel discussion with area employers, mock interviews, and various workshops on skills including goal setting, time management, financial literacy, nutrition, interview skills, and more.

“We are responding to local industry needs and also providing the community a way to rapidly train for a high-demand career field,” Bigbee said. “Welders are an essential part of our workforce in Alabama, and Jefferson State is proud to be a partner in training more workers for this critical need.”

Those that complete the program will have the knowledge and skills to begin a career as a welder in an entry-level position.

The program begins on Aug. 7 and lasts through Nov. 22.

Classes will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Welding Center at Jefferson State’s St. Clair-Pell City Campus, and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at St. Clair County Head Start.

Applicants are limited to women in economic need who have a high school diploma or GED, with priority given to women with children enrolled in Head Start.

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For more information, contact Career Success Coach Christine McLain.