Women’s advance manufacturing program accepting applications

October 14, 2018
Kissy Young receives hands-on manufacturing training and instruction in manufacturing.

HUNTINGTON — The Step Up for Women Advanced Manufacturing Program is accepting applications for its winter 2019 class. West Virginia Women Work, a nonprofit with over 15 years of experience placing women in industrial careers, runs the program. Students in the program pay nothing, but they get three months of hands-on manufacturing training and instruction in manufacturing blueprint reading, shop math, precision measurement and general career skills.

The class also goes on field trips to local manufacturers including Vertiv in Ironton, Sogefi in Prichard, and Level 1 Fasteners in Huntington. Recent guest speakers to the program include graduates who have gone on to work at Special Metals, Todd Motz of the Insulators Union and Rachel Houston of the United Way.

Program coordinator Melinda Perron teaches career soft skills and offers case management to the students. She said “I’ve watched women in the class go from shy, quiet and defeated to enthusiastic leaders. We have women of all ages and all backgrounds. As long as someone has reliable transportation, a good work ethic and physical stamina, they can apply. Graduates can expect to work 40-plus hours per week and will likely need to lift 40 or 50 pounds.”

Perron notes that the winter 2019 class will take place from Jan. 7, 2019, to March 22, 2019, every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. The program operates out of the Robert C. Byrd Institute in Huntington.

RCBI also supplies classroom space, instructors and materials for the program. Anyone interested in applying for the program should call Melinda at 304-528-9991 or go online to wvwomenwork.org/stepupamp.

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