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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2015


    April 17, 2015

    Jean Sullivian, April 17, 2015

    OCVTS welding student Lola Duallo, of Manahawkin is the first female accepted into the Atlantic City Ironworkers union.

    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY Lola Duallo is a student in the two-year Welding Program at Ocean County Vocational Technical School in Toms River. While Lola is not the only female in the welding program she is indeed unique. Ms. Dualla is the first female to be accepted into the Atlantic City Ironworkers Local Union 35 and for this 18-year-old from Manahawkin, that is quite a feat. Lola explains that she became interested in welding through a friend who had completed the OCVTS Welding Program and told her what a great opportunity it could be for her too.

    She trains alongside 14 other students, all male. ‘I am the only female student in the afternoon session but that doesn’t bother me. I come to class to work hard and everyone is treated the same.’

    When a representative from the Ironworkers Union came to talk to the welding classes about career opportunities, OCVTS Welding Instructor Mr. Jim Mansfield encouraged his students to submit their applications. Lola traveled to Atlantic City early one morning in April to stand in line to get her application. She then attended a session where she was interviewed and tested on her welding abilities. She found that the welding certifications that she had earned with Mr. Mansfield exceeded their expectations. Lola was accepted into the Apprenticeship Program and will begin her training sometime this summer. She will complete the OCVTS Welding Program in June.

    According to Mr. Raymond Phillips, President of the Atlantic City Ironworkers Local Union 35, “We are looking forward to working with Lola. She seems to be a confident and well-rounded individual who has had some very good training, we are excited to build on the training that she already has. Lola like all the other applicants will have a terrific opportunity to have a good career as long as she continues to work hard and stay focused. I would like to wish Lola and all of the applicants that were accepted into our program the best of luck.”

    As far as advice to other young women who may be interested in non-traditional career paths, Lola said, “I’m sure it won’t always be easy, but this was something I really wanted to do. I just plan to work hard and do my best. I’m only 18 and there are so many opportunities for me, it’s really exciting.”




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