West Virginia Women Work is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for the education, employment and economic equity for all women. We achieve this goal through a comprehensive program of recruitment, training, referrals, placements, networking, advocacy, retention activities, and public workshops.
While the nonprofit’s headquarters is in Morgantown, there are presently three active skilled trades training sites (Step Up for Women Construction) located in the state – North Central West Virginia (Morgantown), Kanawha Valley (Charleston) and the Northern Panhandle (Wheeling). Two new advanced manufacturing sites (Step Up for Women Manufacturing) have been opened since 2016 in Huntington and Bridgeport. This program boasts an 80% job placement rate with new graduates earning a minimum of $3 more per hour than a traditional job.
WV Women Work, Inc FAQ
How much does the program cost?
The program is offered tuition-free. Due to grants and donations, we do not charge our students anything. We also provide students with whatever they need for work, like steel toe boots.
When do classes run?
Manufacturing classes begin every January and June. Construction classes begin every March and August.
What do students do every day?
Our training is hands-on. Students get to create finished products. Manufacturing students machine sample items out of metal while construction students work together to build a custom shed.
How much do graduates make?
80-100% of graduates find jobs within six weeks of graduation. Pay averages $12/hr plus with benefits full time. Students who get into an apprenticeship receive high pay, fantastic benefits, and regular raises.
Who is eligible?
We meet women where they are, and we hope to remove whatever barriers a woman faces to employment. Women need to be 18+ to apply for the program. Preferred candidates will have reliable transportation, be able to work on their feet in steel toe boots for 8-12 hours at a time, be able to lift 40+ pounds, have a driver's license, and have a GED or high school diploma. Students must be willing to pursue and accept an entry-level position!