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
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
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