BILLINGS – Inmates in the Montana Women’s Prison participated in an introductory welding program, the program was offered for the first time at the MT Women’s prison.
The class participants took their first hesitant steps up the stairs and into a trailer containing a small classroom, and 6 welding booths, each shielded by a red plastic curtain not knowing if welding was an industry that women should engage in.
Now they eagerly enter the trailer, put on coveralls, protective suede jackets and shoe covers, pull on a welding cap and hood, grab steel, stick or wire and strike their welding arc creating a shower of sparks behind the red curtain.
This is an opportunity was made possible through partnership and collaboration with City College – Montana State University Billings, Great Falls College – Montana State University, U.S. Department of Labor and Industry, Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Montana Correctional Enterprises, the Montana Women’s Prison and Billings Adult Education.
Who: Montana Women’s Prison Warden Joan Daly-Shinners
Montana Correctional Enterprises Administrator Gayle Butler
MT University City College of Great Falls Kyle Gillespie
MT University City College of Billings Cliff Coppersmith
Department of Labor and Industry Workforce Readiness Darrel Holzer
What: Inmates in the women’s prison will be receiving certificates for meeting welding industry standards in arc welding processes.
When: Wednesday, December 28 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Montana Women’s Prison
701 South 27th Street, Billings