BRCC begins new 'women in welding' course

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POSTED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 4:21pm

UPDATED: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 5:10pm

"For anyone saying women can't do it, I say shame on them. Women can do everything that men can do!"

That was Suzzette Charles' mindset heading into her first day of class in the Women in Welding program at BRCC. It is a career she has always been interested in and this program made her take a leap of faith.

"I already know that it's going to be hard work. I'm not adverse to working hard. And I know that I can make some good money and that's what I need right about now to take care of myself and my children," said Charles.

Suzzette is one of 60 students who filled two classes of women who are looking to take advantage of a growing industry in our state.

"Dow Louisiana recognizes the need to train women in welding with the 86,000 jobs that are coming to Louisiana in the next five years and the demand in crafts, especially welding," said Lisa Verret, BRCC Westside site administrator.

Experienced welders say the biggest challenge of the job, is actually just sticking with it. And that is something the instructors will preach during the course.

Every welder reaches a point when they're learning, they don't know if they want to continue. They have to fight through it, stick with it. And then they'll become a great craftsman," said Craig Granier, an instructor in the course.

And that is exactly what Suzzette plans to do...because she has people counting on her.

"My biggest motivation is my mother and my children. I don't just want to be here. I want to leave something behind. And I figured what better way to do that then to do welding. They offering this program and I am feeling very humbled right now, and privileged."

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