MPB Gets to Work in Manufacturing: MGCCC Welding

MPB Gets to Work in Manufacturing: MGCCC Welding


– It takes a lot. I mean, waking up every day, and you know you’re
going to go out there and get hot
and sweaty. You might even
get burned. Sometimes it’s so easy
to just want to give up. If you have friends
and family who are there
to support you and go, “Don’t do it,
don’t quit. Keep going.” Get out there
and at least try, because if you don’t try,
then the answer is no. You can never get there
because you didn’t even try. There’s a program
in Biloxi, Mississippi called Women
in Construction. I had heard about
that through a friend. I went through
their program. It was eight weeks. After completing the program,
I was trying to figure out, complete my resume. I had seen a flyer for a
program here at the college, so I tried to get some college
experience under my belt. – We are giving the students
what they need to get back out there and to get jobs
and be employable, and to be productive
members of the community, and to give back to the
local and state economy. That’s what Career Tech
is all about. It is the lifeline
to the community. That’s what the
community college mission is. Our mission is to provide
education and service and leadership to our students
and to our community. These hands-on skills
are something that a lot of people overlook, but I think it’s coming
back around to that. And plus, we’re just
really a lot of fun. – The hands-on aspect. You get to get in and
get immersed into it. You don’t have to wait
for an internship or anything like that. You get to get in,
grab something, and get to it. You get to feel the heat. High end is around 90 some odd
thousand degrees, you know, molting metal. (laughing) There are hazards,
but it’s an enjoyment. You have to be able to
set your mind around I’m creating something,
and I’m building something, or making something
better than what it was. I actually started out in
the physical therapy side of the educational system. The money, it was going
to take a lot longer to get to where
I wanted to be versus going into welding
and getting there quicker. With welding, you would start
out around $22-$23 an hour. That’s just bottom line. That’s baseline pay. I think everyone should
give it an opportunity. People should come in
and at least try it out because this is a skill. It’s a skill-based program
and something that, once you learn the skill,
you can go anywhere with it. It doesn’t expire. You always have it. You know to mean? It’s something that you can
transfer to other people and teach other people
once you learn it. – [VO] For more information
about a career in manufacturing, visit
gettingtowork.mpbonline.org. American Graduate,
Getting to Work is brought to
Mississippi by MPB, and made possible by the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting.

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