TRPN News May 2024

May 2024 Newsletter | Vol. 5 | Is. 9

Breaking Barriers: Mariana Robles Sets the Tone for Female Welders

From a high school class to a shop class, Vanguard Rembrandt T-STEM Early College High School junior Mariana Robles is setting the tone for female welders, encouraging other girls to enter the skill trades and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

My goal is to one day become an underwater welder.  Once I become an established welder, I would like to come back to Rio Grande Valley and teach welding at Vanguard Academy to continue to inspire and encourage other females into this field.
~ Mariana Robles

According to STC Welding professor Eliseo Cantu, female participation in welding is slowly rising in the Rio Grande Valley.

I wish we had more females in our welding program. We have a great program and encourage girls to join.
~ Eliseo Cantu

Eliseo added that girls tend to have a steadier hand, making them better welders.

Mariana will spend five weeks at South Texas College learning to manipulate the weld and master the precision of welding.

RGV LEAD wishes Mariana the best in achieving her dream of becoming an established welder!

Source: Vanguard Rembrandt T-STEM Early College High School

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