24 women pre appr from across the US (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Calif, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Indianna, Kansas, Misouri, Wisconson, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsyvania, Tennesee, Rhode Island) are attend the pre-apprenticeship class in Benicia California. This class offers training in basic ironworking and will result in entry into the various state programs upon completion.
March 2017 class looking good in their Miller Welding attire
The ladies visit the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge
General President Eric Dean and California District Council President Don Zampa visit the second National Women’s Welding Class held in Benicia California in June, 2016. Also pictured are Instructor Carrie Steel and Director Dick Zampa.
National Women's Training Program
The Ironworkers International Union and the California District Council has teamed up to sponsor the National Women’s Training Program. The first class was held in 2015 and a second class was completed in June of 2016. Women from across the United States have been recruited to participate in these pre-apprenticeship training classes. Classes were held at the Regional Training Center in Benicia California under the direction of Apprenticeship Director Dick Zampa. The class is three weeks long and the students attend class for nine hours per day, six days per week, of intensive training, with an emphasis on honing welding skills to prepare the women to enter the Ironworkers Apprenticeship Program. The students receive training in basic ironworking skills as well as safety and First Aid and CPR to prepare them for their new careers.
Due to the success of the Pre Apprentice Training for Women courses two more will be scheduled in 2017. The dates for the first course is March 23 – April 11, 2017 and will take place at the Ironworkers Regional Training Center in Benicia, California.
The Ironworkers International Union and the California District Council has teamed up to sponsor the first National Women Training Cohort class. Women from across the United States have been recruited to participate in this training being held in Benicia California under the direction of Apprenticeship Director Dick Zampa. The class is three weeks, six days per week, nine hours per day of intense training with an emphesis on honing welding skills to prepare the women to enter the Ironworker Apprenticeship Program. The students will receive training in safety, first aid/CPR, basic ironworking skills and welding to prepare them for their new careers.
The National Women Welding Class of 2015
By Brenda Yanez /Torrez Consulting and Law Group
This appeared in the May 2015 issue of The Ironworker Magazine