Women can learn to weld for art, repairs

2013-10-18

When it comes to welding, why should guys have all the fun?

Selsius Corporate & Career Training of Southwestern Illinois College is offering a Women in Welding workshop at the Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Road. The three-Saturday course, taught by Gailyn Cornell with 30 years of welding experience, will provide women training for artistic creations and repairs and offer a sample of welding as a career.

According to a 2013 report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 7.8 percent of welders in the United States are women. Given the Labor Department's projection of a 15-percent increase in welding jobs by 2020, welding could be a viable career that most would have never considered.

The workshop introduces women to the most common forms of welding and welding terminology and provides the basic training needed to weld safely and effectively. From basic repairs to artistic creations, the possibilities with welding are unlimited.

The three-day workshop will be held each Saturday, Oct. 26 to Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $89, and includes the use of gloves, safety glasses and helmet.

Don't wait! Only 30 spots available! To register, call 618-222-5688.