EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Women Who Weld (2017)

Project Details

Co-Implementation Plan - 2017

Innovation Fellow: Samantha Farr, Women Who Weld

Summary

Samantha Farr, Founder and Instructor to Women Who Weld, will be leading this Innovation Fellowship. Women Who Weld is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, based in Detroit, that teaches unemployed and underemployed women how to weld and find employment in the welding industry. Women Who Weld's 6-week welding program is funded through donations and grants and is subsidized for participants. Women Who Weld was founded in 2014 and hosted two workshops; graduating 8 women and helping them find employment. Samantha Farr intends to create a nationwide or international network of female welders, creating a network can offer support and advice for women in the welding industry or those looking to break into it.

Innovation Fellow

Samantha FarrSamantha Farr, Women Who Weld

Samantha Farr has been a welder for over 3 years and created Women Who Weld in 2014 with the help of an REI grant. Samantha holds a Master in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and is the Founder of Farr Side, a Planning & Community and Economic Development firm in Detroit.


Workforce and Education