EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Women Who Weld, Part II (2016)
Co-Learning Plan - 2016
Authors: Samantha Farr, Women Who Weld; Ralph Taylor, Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions
Access to free or low-cost programs that teach people skills needed for jobs that offer sustainable wages is critical for both human and economic development in Detroit. Farr & Taylor provided free training in welding, career development, and communication skills in their second round of funding. Their Co-Learning Plan offered an analysis of the effectiveness of their program as a springboard to create jobs and how it produced a direct economic benefit to the community. Additionally, the project developed a curriculum, described how they connected with businesses and organizations, and gave advice on the development of similar types of free skilled-trades programs in other communities.