Women complete training at RCBI for manufacturing careers

Sept. 25, 2018

Six women from north-central West Virginia completed a one-of-a-kind program preparing them for careers in manufacturing.

The Step Up for Women Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program trains women for entry-level manufacturing careers, teaching them skills to succeed as machinists or in related industrial occupations. The program is a partnership between the Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) and West Virginia Women Work.

Graduates are Amber Deeley, Morgantown; Nina Victorin, Monongah; Mickey Loudin, Fairmont; Stephanie Pento, Clarksburg; Nicole Spor, Clarksburg; and Christina Wright, Bridgeport.

Participants receive free tuition and travel reimbursements as well as industrial work clothes and boots. Believed to be the first of its kind in the United States, the 10-week program serves as a model for other pre-apprenticeship programs across the country that aim to bring more women into manufacturing. As a result of its success at RCBI Huntington, the program expanded to RCBI Bridgeport in December 2017.

Enrollment information is available online at www.wvwomenwork.org/stepupamp.

Step Up for Women is made possible through the U.S. Department of Labor’s American Apprenticeship Initiative.