Celebrating women who weld at SFCC

For the AWS student chapter newsletter: Jake Lovato wrote:

March is Women’s History Month. To celebrate contributions of women in our industry, we would like to highlight female students from the Santa Fe Community College AWS Student Chapter.  
Student Chapter Advisor Jake Lovato shared the following and identified two students in particular he wanted to highlight: I’m very proud of all the lady welders I’ve taught throughout my years as a welding instructor. It especially makes me proud to see them succeed just as well as the boys in the field.

Monique Lujan (pictured), an AWS Student Chapter Member during her time at Santa Fe Community College, graduated with a 4.0, earning a welding certificate and an AAS in Welding Technologies with 5 welding certifications.   Jake shared the following about Monique; “Monique Lujan is an amazing student whom I had the pleasure of teaching when she was a junior at Santa Fe High School. She is thoughtful, hardworking, and deeply driven. She was the recipient of an AWS scholarship and served as President of the Santa Fe Community College AWS Student Chapter.”   Monique started her career as welder last year through an apprenticeship with UA Local 412 Plumbers and Pipefitters union.

Another noteworthy Santa Fe student is Callahan Jobe (pictured above). Callahan is working towards an Associates Degree in Welding Technology as well as several welding certificates through the AWS. She was introduced to welding when she served as an AmeriCorps member at Santa Fe Habitat for Humanity. This sparked a desire to learn as much about the trade as possible. Through her service with Habitat she was awarded two Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards, which she used to pay for school. She was also awarded the Air Products Women of Gases & Welding Scholarship through the AWS Foundation.
Callahan’s projected graduation is May 2021. Upon completion of her degree she hopes to continue learning about this trade as well as inspire other women to join the trades.