Welding Case Study  

9 Women Enrolled in Welding in Only 4 Weeks: How Milwaukee Area Technical College Finally Moved the Needle on Women in Welding  

Welding Case Study

Milwaukee Area Technical College, WI

Welding Technical Diploma and AAS Programs

"We recruited 9 new women to Welding in only 4 weeks after participating in a WomenTech Educators Training. Before the training, if we had 3 women in

Welding it was like hitting a homerun. 

I tried some things like offering a Welding art class, but the women that came were not interested in our program. It was very frustrating; I realize now I didn’t have a plan.  It was the decisive work plan we developed as a team with Donna’s facilitation during the training that I believe made the biggest difference. Our plan included recruitment strategies that I would never have thought of myself. These strategies worked because they were so specific. The training made us look at everything differently, especially how the existing program brochures and other materials all featured men, and nothing featured any women.”

Sue Silverstein

Welding Instructor, School of Technical & Applied Sciences, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Oak Creek, WI

This multimedia case study includes actual outreach materials and a detailed description of recruitment events. 


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