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College Of Lake County: Metallica Scholar Discovers Rewarding Welding Career

Welding is an impressively skilled industry to work in. But why do more men pursue the field than women? According to the U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau, only 5.5 percent of workers in welding and brazing are women, and only 1.2 percent of automotive service and technicians are women.

College of Lake County (CLC) student Karina Badillo is laser-focused on changing those stats.

Very aware of the perceived challenges women face working in a trade seen by many as masculine, Badillo says the gender obstacle is a misconception. "No doubt, welding is a gateway for women who strive to eliminate the gender offset."

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