Women can be skilled in the trades, too.

The inaugural cohort of the Stephens College Women in Trades Program recently completed their training. Several respected construction companies visited campus this week to interview them for full-time union construction positions. All who completed the program and were available to go to work were offered jobs!


Why This Program Matters 

Fewer than 15% of skilled workers in high-demand trades are women. With the MO Women Work - Women in Trades program, Stephens College aims to promote positive change and empower women to enter these historically male-dominated (and high-paying) trades.


About the Program

Our Workforce Development programs at Stephens College are designed in an apprenticeship model, where women can earn as they learn. The goal is to empower women to enter into historically male-dominated fields like construction, general carpentry, and heavy highway construction. Since 1833, Stephens College has supported and encouraged trailblazing women as they reach for their goals; these programs are an extension of that bold legacy.

Trainees are supported by free wrap-around services, including:

+ Immersive, hands-on learning 

+ Childcare provided

+ Transportation to and from jobsites available

+ PPE and required workwear provided

+ Stipends

+ And more




Learn more about the MO Women Work - Women in Trades apprenticeship programs.

Workforce Development

Dr. Scott Taylor,
Dean of Workforce Development and Continuing Studies

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