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Expanding Job Opportunities for Ironworkers and their Contractors

Just wanted to say that Mark, Michael and Stuart from FMI and Trevor from PWC did an excellent job engaging the classroom in discussion each day, and had a great program format for teaching. The information they brought forward was extremely useful now as I'm sure it will be throughout my career. This was only my 2nd IMPACT course that I have attended, I would like to commend IMPACT on organizing these events for Ironworkers and contractors alike, IMPACT always put on an amazing program, and does a very good job at making these events comfortable and welcoming to attend. I plan to attend more IMPACT events as the information is always very useful and IMPACT does a great job of finding the right instructors for the occasion. I would like to thank everyone at IMPACT for the work they do to set these events up and providing the opportunity to attend these courses.


Jacob Wicks
Chief Estimator
JCT Metals Inc.



Formerly homeless Vallejo woman graduates from welding school


By Rachel Raskin-Zrihen | | Vallejo Times Herald

Lauren Jones’ family came to Vallejo from all over the Bay Area to attend her graduation from welding school. The achievement was monumental considering the odds were stacked against her making it this far.

Jones, 30, who lives in a Vallejo Together women’s sober living home, said her life fell apart after her brother died under mysterious circumstances in Newark at the age of 37.

“I was homeless for four years off and on,” she said. “I couldn’t hold a job. I had problems with drugs and alcohol and ended up in jail.”

Upon her release, Jones said she enrolled in a local drug rehab program called the Shamia Recovery Center, and got involved with Maria Guevara’s Vallejo Together group’s efforts on behalf of the local homeless population, she said.

She then decided to act on her lifelong dream to follow her iron-worker father into that trade and become an underwater welder, which requires training.

When Guevara realized that Jones didn’t qualify for typical scholarships for this training, she launched a new scholarship in her name — Laura’s Fund — and it was with this help that Jones took and completed the Benicia-based Gladiator Iron Workers Apprenticeship Program.

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