Skilled Trades Are For Everyone!

Yesterday, Tasheba Hamilton and I met iron worker Ambra Melendez and sheet metal worker Thelma-Louise Fernandes at a Brooklyn Navy Yard meeting, about how to improve the welding courses offered there to high school students.

Amber and Thelma both spoke eloquently about their experiences working in the field and training others; and Ambra is even featured in the documentary Hard Hatted Woman. (

With an ever growing shortage in skilled labor, we need to start encouraging more young men AND women to explore these careers.

Thank you Ismail Ocasio for the invitation.