Workforce Wednesday: Metallica Scholar Stephany Borjas says she was ‘meant to be’ a welder

GRCC Workforce Training programs provide in-demand skills leading to rewarding careers. Each Wednesday we’ll meet students who are heading down an educational pathway and changing their lives by earning occupational certificates.

Stephany Borjas believes welding has always been her future – where she is meant to be.

“I am currently in the service industry, but every time I start to think about what I want to do with my life – it always seems to come back to welding.”

Borjas moved to Michigan four years ago from Houston, Texas. She took two years of welding classes in high school.  

“I really feel like I need a little bit of a refresher in order to feel confident going into the field.”

The GRCC Metallica Scholars Welding Bootcamp offers the opportunity to gain skills for entry level welding positions.  It is a short-term program to get welders work in West Michigan, with the goal of helping them grow into apprenticeships or other learning opportunities within the welding field. 

Borjas didn’t know much about GRCC.

“I actually fell upon GRCC because of my interest in the Motorcycle Safety program. As I looked through the offerings, I saw the info about the Metallica Scholars program and signed up to receive emails about it.”

The program goal is to build an accessible pathway into the field of welding with a focus on producing ready-to-work welders for West Michigan companies. This program works to attract, retain, and graduate individuals of different genders and racial/ethnic backgrounds to welding careers.

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