Mickayla Catlin

Class of 2013
Program: Welding Technology

Mickayla Catlin is a fabrication welder, and she likes to stand out. Her father, grandfather and great grandfather were welders. How is she different?  She is the first woman her family to become a welder, and the first person in her family to go to college.

"I like standing out and having a job that most women don't do," says Mickayla, a fabrication welder who pursued her career goal at CCC, "I worked hard to get where I'm at and want to be the best of the best." In June 2013 Mickayla was the first woman to graduate from a CCC customized welding training program created in partnership with her employer, JV Northwest.

JV Northwest (JVNW) in Canby manufactures stainless steel tanks and mixers for the beverage and brewing industry. When the company had a challenge finding skilled fabrication welders, they turned to CCC's Customized Training Department for help. The solution: CCC welding faculty would provide customized, on-site training to students employed by JVNW.

The result: Mickayla and more than 20 other welding students in the program gained family-wage jobs, specialized training and CCC welding technology certificates. Kyle Sawyer, chief operating officer for JVNW is pleased with the results. He says, "This program enabled us to get trained fabrication welders to meet our product demand."

So far, two cohorts of student have graduated from the program. Funding for the training came from three sources: the Workforce Investment Act made available through CCC's Workforce Development Department, the Credential Acceleration and Support for Employment (CASE) grant, and JV Northwest.  A smart solution to meet local industry needs.

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