EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation

Women Who Weld, Part II (2016)

Project Details

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.


Samantha FarrSamantha Farr, Women Who Weld

Samantha Farr has been a welder for 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.

Ralph TaylorRalph Taylor, Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions

Ralph Taylor has been welding for over 50 years. He has worked as a welder in manufacturing fabrication, and taught welding and auto body at Detroit Public School’s Breithaupt Career and Technical Center for 15 years. Ralph is the founder of Caribbean Mardi Gras Productions where he designs elaborate Trinidadian Carnival-styled costumes for balls and parades around the world.

Project Updated As Of September 30th, 2016