In El Paso, Texas, an all-female welding team has made history…just by entering a competition.
At Americas High School, Elisa Arredondo, Ashley Lopez, and Abigail Vega make up one of the teams entering the SkillsUSA District 1 competition; but they are the only team with all-female members. According to high school students, more and more girls have begun taking the welding class since Veronica Garcia began teaching it.
“When she came in, I got a lot more comfortable and began finding my way around the shop,” said Michelle Carrasco, another female student taking the class. She has actually competed in the competition herself as independent—placing in first locally and fifth in state—but credits Ms. Garcia with giving her more confidence and making it easier for her to create her art sculptures.
For the competition, each team needs to have basic knowledge of how to read and follow a blueprint, have familiarity with welding symbols and language, and correctly identify what process should be taken to complete the given task.
Carrasco also went on to encourage others to embrace their passions and not be intimidated: “if there are any girls out there that are scared to get in any job that is male dominated, to go for it. You never know until you try it.”