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Seitz, Kemmer and Williams Are First Graduates of Women In Welding Program at Clatsop Community College

From: Caitlin Wright
To: Media
Date: 06/15/09
Subject: First CCC Graduates of Women In Welding Program PR
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Contact: Kristen Wilkin 503-338-7696, Harley Bristol 503-338-7680

Seitz, Kemmer and Williams Are First Graduates of Women In Welding Program at Clatsop Community College

In April 2007, Clatsop Community College (CCC), Worksource Northwest Oregon, and Bradwood Landing co-sponsored an open house to local women interested in the job opportunities and appealing wages in the life-changing field of welding. After hearing about women already in the trade, the course of learning and scholarships available, the women of our community responded! Now, two years later, the College is thrilled to announce that the first graduates of the Women In Welding Program temporarily set aside their welding torches to pick up their Welding degrees.

On Friday, June 12th, 2009 CCC Welding students Tiffani Seitz, Janine Kemmer, and Heidi Williams crossed the Liberty Theatre stage to receive their Associate of Applied Science Welding Degree.

Tiffani Seitz lives across the river in Washington and is the mother of four children. She began the welding program incited by her enjoyment of welding in high school. As for her future plans after graduation, she says, “I did my work-study at J.E. McAmis building a house for a barge. I would like to continue in that line of work.”

Also from Washington is Janine Kemmer, who notes, “I have always wanted to learn to weld and the scholarship was a great opportunity for me.” Janine did her work-apprenticeship at J & H Boatworks where she was hired part-time. “Completing this program has been such a positive experience and I am very grateful to be here.” Janine plans to pursue work as a welder fabricator after graduation and assist her brother in repairing the equipment he uses as a Willapa Bay oyster grower.

Looking for a change in career prompted Heidi Williams, a Washington resident and married mother of an 11-month old daughter, to begin the Welding program at CCC. Having been laid off from her previous welding job in November, Heidi continues to look for a new job with the hopes of a maritime-focused welding position. “I enjoy fabricating and have learned much from my two years here.”

“Bradwood Landing is very pleased to sponsor the scholarships for “Non Traditional Employment” for women, with Women in Welding. I am a long time supporter of Women in the Trades and Apprenticeship. Bradwood’s financial support brings great opportunity to women who can work in industry or work on the construction of Bradwood Landing. We are expanding opportunities by partnering with Clatsop Community College and using their great training resource, the MERTS campus,” says Pete Hackett, local representative for the Northern Star Natural Gas Bradwood project.

Are you interested in the Welding Program at CCC? Please contact Harley Bristol at 503-338-7680 or visit for information about how you can get started at Clatsop Community College!

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

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Welding students Tiffani Seitz, Janine Kemmer, and Heidi Williams (not pictured) are the first graduates of the Women in Welding Program at Clatsop Community College. Tiffani (left) and Janine (middle) are pictured here with Pete Hacket of Bradwood Landing at CCC’s MERTS campus in the Industrial Manufacturing Technology Center.

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