Dow Chemical Company donates $46,000 to BRCC

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - Baton Rouge Community College recently received a $46,400 donation from Dow Chemical Company for a new program called Women in Welding.

The contribution from Dow will help BRCC bridge the financial gap by providing scholarships to students interested in enrolling in short-term training to earn non-credit industry-based certifications. The funds will go toward equipment, training, safety equipment, and more.

The Women In Welding Program will address training needs for individuals that are unemployed, underemployed, and/or veterans aiming to improve careers through advanced training in the high growth markets of the industrial sectors.

Participants will attend craft training and will attain soft skills training. Students will also receive mentoring from experienced women welders.

According to the “American Welder,” only about six percent of the welders in the United States are women. Many in the welding industry believe that women possess the characteristics that make up a good welder, including great hand-eye coordination and patience.

A woman’s professional role in the metal-trades is increasing as women discover alternative opportunities previously dominated by men. A career in welding can be extremely lucrative and exciting and can lead to high-level employment in various industries.

Classes at BRCC’s Port Allen Campus began June 21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with classes at the Plaquemine Campus begun June 23 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Both classes are full.

For additional information about the Women in Welding Program contact Amanda Stanley at or 216-8249.