Beginning Feb. 20, Danville Community College will offer Women in Welding, a unique, 325-hour program that will empower women in the community to break into a high-paying field where they might otherwise be considered a minority. 

“According to a 2015 study, only 5% of welders in the U.S. are women,” said Brian Jackson, vice president of workforce services for DCC. “Welding is one of the higher-paying jobs in the trade industry and we want to empower women to learn this skill, become certified, and accept a well-paying job.”

The Women in Welding program at DCC will take place on Saturdays and Sundays only, allowing women who work during the week to have an opportunity to change their career path during their free time. 

“We know that many women have obligations that would prevent them from coming to our campus during the week to receive this training,” said Jackson. “We want to make this program as accessible as possible so that students will not have to sacrifice other areas of their life to participate.”

Women who complete this program will receive an NCCER Level 1 training certificate and the opportunity to accept a job at Newport News Shipyard where their annual salary will be approximately $60,000 annually. 

“Ensuring that there are employment opportunities after graduation is absolutely essential to solidifying the success of our students,” said Jackson. “Whenever we offer a program, we work directly with our partners in the industry to have jobs waiting for our graduates.”

The first cohort to participate in the Women in Welding program will have eight spaces available. For more information, or to enroll in the ‘Women in Welding’ program, contact Chad Younger at (434) 797-8573 or chadrick.younger@danville.edu.