I came across this story today in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today describing how a Racine metal fabricator offered up space in his shop for the local trade school to offer an eight-week, 320-hour welding certificate course. Why’s this cool? (Thanks for asking.) Three reasons: 1) The fabricator was hurting for local welding talent, but after the course he had all he needed, 2) the program’s giving a bunch of people who might otherwise end up flipping burgers for just above minimum wage an opportunity to learn (and earn from) a skilled trade, and 3) a number of the school’s students are female, helping to despell the unpleasently-common myth that tools are only for men.
Speaking of women welders, does anyone else remember that uber-cool lady that did all the welding on Discovery’s Big? I seem to remember that she taught at a community college. I wonder what she’s up to?
Anyway, I get a real charge from this kind of article — and it makes me wish that I knew more about welding. I can hook things together, but I certainly wouldn’t claim to be a “welder.”
Welding Boot Camp: A Faster Solution to Filling Job Openings [JSOnline.com]