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Leslie never considered welding before starting at SCI. She is an artist in Pharr, TX that painted with acrylics and did graphic design, but then she had a friend that thought she’d be great because of her attention to detail. Did you know women often make awesome welders because of their tendency to have great attention to detail?
We’re proud to have Leslie paving the way for other woman welders.
Happy International Women’s Day 2017 – celebrating gender inclusivity here at Southern Careers Institute everyday.
Learn more about welding programs at SCI!
Full transcript below:
OK so as everyone knows here, I’m waiting to hear back from my welding test to see if I got certified.
I started welding and I was the only girl. So far I am one of the only girls. And the guys were super accepting, super cool. And I don’t know, I guess I grew a love for it. All the guys have never been, you know, they’ve never excluded me from things. I love that about all of them. I paint with acrylics. I try to mess a little bit with graphic design. I had never ever thought I would be doing welding. Like I think I mentioned my friend, he’s a welder himself. He realized that I’m super duper detailed and he told me, “Hey I know some girl welders and they’re usually a little bit better than the guys ’cause they’re so detailed.
You know, they really pay attention to the welds and how everything’s forming. You should try it out.” So when I came here to SCI…you know I had browsed different schools. And he had gone to MCI, but he was like, “Try SCI” ’cause I guess they offer a better program.
Since the beginning, everything was so…everyone’s very accepting and you know like, “Hey, how are you?” They introduced themselves to me and I felt very welcomed, so like as soon as I walked in, I was like, “Hey, maybe this is a place, you know, to come to.” I’d say, “just go for it.” I just got the call right now…I passed. I’m now a certified welder. But yeah, I mean, it’s been a crazy journey but it’s finally here and it’s finally paid off and it’s…I’m just so happy.
"Just finished school for welding. Had the best experience with Southern Careers Institute, and had a lot of fun with my buddies. Already working at SpaceX. SCI is the place to be guys! Don't wait any longer, sign up!”
Enrique H. Welding
"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”
Juan L. Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator
“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”
Denise S. Medical Assistant
“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”
“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”
Annette D. Business Accounting
“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”
Bonnie M Medical Assistant
“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”
Sidney B Medical Assistant
“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”
“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”
“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”
* Past students’ outcomes, starting salaries, or job prospects are not indictive of the possible job outcomes for future and current students. SCI does not guarantee employment or a starting salary upon graduation, completion, or withdrawal from SCI.