WCCD Women in Welding Program wins Project of the Year

Wallace Women in Welding Award

Joe Johnson (l), WCCD Director of Workforce Development accepts the Wiregrass Project of the Year award from the Wiregrass RC&D

Wallace Community College-Dothan’s Women in Welding program was recently awarded Project of the Year by the Wiregrass Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council. The Women in Welding program was a collaboration between WCCD Workforce Development, Wiregrass RC&D, and Lincoln Electric, and provided workshops on the Wallace Campus in Dothan and the Sparks Campus in Eufaula in early 2021 for females ages 16 and up who were interested in welding.

Though the Wiregrass RC&D-funded grant targeted non-traditional students, it was also a chance for female high school students who were interested in welding through dual enrollment to get a firsthand look at Wallace programs to see if a welding career could potentially be a good fit for them. The Wiregrass RC&D grant enabled WCCD to provide the workshops and materials at no cost to the participating students.

“Our hope was that the workshops would empower women to see the earning potential they have in our community’s welding industry,” says Joe Johnson, director of Workforce Development at WCCD. “We were grateful to partner with Wiregrass RC&D to offer the welding workshops in Houston and Barbour Counties. We are excited to know that many of the workshop participants enrolled in additional WCC welding courses to further their knowledge and skills. Some participants even transitioned into the workforce with full-time welding jobs with local employers. The Workforce Development division is committed to being the region’s premier workforce training provider.”

Wiregrass RC&D was authorized in 1967 to assist the communities in Barbour, Coffee, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Pike counties in Southeast Alabama.  Russell County was added to the Wiregrass RC&D area in 1984. The service to these ten counties focuses on land conservation and management, water management, community development, and innovation. The general objective is to meet needs within the community through service, leadership and building relationships.

For more information about the Women in Welding program, please contact Joe Johnson at jjohnson@wallace.edu or 334-556-2390.