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ECC program helped women become welders

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Juana Rodriguez is one of three female welders among 200 at Elgin Sweeper. She and a female co-worker were trained through an Elgin Community College program.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Juana Rodriguez is one of three female welders among 200 at Elgin Sweeper. She and a female co-worker were trained through an Elgin Community College program.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Juana Rodriguez does some welding at Elgin Sweeper.

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Juana Rodriguez and her classmate and now co-worker Luz Gonzalez, both of Elgin, finished a certification course at Elgin Community College in December 2011 with support from a program that offers basic skills support to vocational students. The women are two of only three female welders at Elgin Sweeper, which employs 200 welders. "They gave me the opportunity to learn more," Gonzalez said. "And it's a job that I like."
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    • Juana Rodriguez is one of three female welders among 200 at Elgin Sweeper. She and a female co-worker were trained through an Elgin Community College program.
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    •  Juana Rodriguez does some welding at Elgin Sweeper.
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