Women In Welding - 5/6/2009
An all-female high school welding class in Freeland, MI, is showing students that welding isn’t just for men. 14 students signed up for the after-school class by providing a definition of welding and writing about why they are interested in the field. Funding for the class came from a $900 grant from the Saginaw Community Foundation and additional money from the school.
The class meets twice a week to learn and practice welding, cutting, grinding and other techniques. The students participating say they enjoy tackling projects their male counterparts said they couldn’t.
“It’s kind of fun proving them wrong,” says one.
Read the full story in The Saginaw News.
To learn about programs underway at the American Welding Society (AWS) to promote welding to women and young people in general, head over to the GAWDAwiki Editor’s Blog.
Photo credit: Alex Slitz, The Saginaw News
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Posted by Ray Shook
from American Welding Society
on May 6, 2009, 1:18 pm PDT
Statistics show an increase in women working in the welding field. In 2000, 5.8% of welders were women. In 2007, 7% were women, which is a 19% increase in total numbers. AWS is working on a lot of different projects to promote welding to women and young people, which you can read about at www.aws.org. Without question, we encourage women to consider welding as a profession.
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