Subsidized Educational Services: Women Who Weld offers an annual, 6-week intensive training program in which unemployed and underemployed women learn how to MIG weld and operate various metalworking tools and machines. Participants receive training for the American Welding Society Certified Welder (CW) test and guidance in resume and interview prep, financial literacy, and home buying. Graduates of the program will be prepared for full-time jobs or apprenticeships in welding. This program is funded through donations and grants, please click here if you would like to donate!
Paid Educational Services: Women Who Weld offers year-round, week-long intensive training classes for women who are interested in learning how to MIG, TIG, and/or Stick weld. Graduates of the week-long classes will be prepared for full-time jobs or apprenticeships in welding. Click here to view a list of our upcoming events or contact us below for more information!
Samantha has been a welder for 4 years and created Women Who Weld in 2014. Samantha holds a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and is the Founder of Farr Side, a Planning and Economic Development firm in Detroit. Prior to receiving her master's degree, Samantha was the Senior Business Development Manager at an advertising technology startup in New York City.
In the future Samantha intends to create a network of female welders. The Women Who Weld network can offer advice and support for women in the welding industry or those looking to break into it. Samantha also intends to expand the Women Who Weld training program to cities and towns across the country.
Women Who Weld would like to thank the following partner organizations: American Welding Society, Regional Economic Innovation Center at Michigan State University, COTS (Coalition on Temporary Shelter), and many others who have helped advance the program.
Women Who Weld operates almost entirely on grants and donations, and is actively seeking funding to continue its subsidized training program; your support is greatly appreciated!