Women graduate in welding

From left are Northshore Technical Community College Training and Development Coordinator Kayla Cooper, India Claude, welding instructor Misty Hellmers and Lacombe Campus Dean Owen Smith.

Northshore Technical Community College’s inaugural “Women in Welding” class celebrated the completion of their training on June 9.

The group of six women met four evenings a week for 12 weeks, completing the National Center for Construction Education and Research Core Curriculum in welding.

Completing the course were India Claude, Taylor Crumb, Alyssa James, Meera Meempat, Gabrielle Nicholas, and Elizabeth Warren.

The course was taught by Instructor Misty Hellmers, who is a graduate of Northshore’s welding program.

“Strategic investments in talent development drive student success,” said Dr. William Wainwright, NTCC Chancellor. “The Women in Welding signature program provides essential education and training in a high-demand field of study providing professional growth and employment opportunities that strengthen our communities and local economies. I am extremely proud of the college team that has designed and implemented this mission critical program.”

Lacombe Campus Dean Owen Smith (then Director of Career Services) envisioned the program after seeing the transformational experience provided to a woman who completed NTCC’s Welding Program.

“We’ve always had two or three women in NTCC’s credit-bearing welding program,” Smith said, “but I knew our industry partners wanted to see more women in the field.

“The 12-week workforce development Women in Welding course – for women, taught by women – changes lives, enabling them to enter a high-wage, high-demand field where they can independently support their households.”

The next Women in Welding class will be offered in the fall. See www.northshorecollege.edu/workforce-development for more information.

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