West Virginia Women Work, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit was founded in 2000 by Lisa Diehl, a long time advocate for women on issues related to nontraditional employment, economic self-sufficiency and poverty and from the beginning, Janis Gunel has served as the Executive Director. The organization strives to help women in West Virginia earn a living wage. The primary focus of the organization’s activities has been to help women explore, train and secure employment in nontraditional occupations, especially the skilled trades.
While the nonprofit’s headquarters is in Morgantown, there are presently three active training sites (Step-Up for Women) located in the state – North Central West Virginia (Morgantown), Huntington Area, and Kanawha Valley (Charleston). This program boasts an 80% job placement rate with new graduates earning a minimum of $3 more per hour than a traditional job.
In past years, our organization also served over 800 women in West Virginia with our career coaching service, computer literacy classes and public career exploration workshops.
Currently West Virginia Women Work is offering two programs,the Step Up for Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship, which is available at three sites in WV, and the Step Up for Women Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship, which is available at two sites.
Our graduate school program, Eight Penny Construction, which was open to successful graduates of the Step-Up for Women training program, is not currently in operation.
West Virginia Women Work is a statewide nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for the education, employment and economic equity for all women. We achieve this goal through a comprehensive program of recruitment, training, referrals, placements, networking, advocacy, retention activities and public workshops.
While the nonprofit’s headquarters is in Morgantown, there are presently two active skilled trades training sites (Step-Up for Women Construction) located in the state – North Central West Virginia (Morgantown) and Kanawha Valley (Charleston). This program boasts an 80% job placement rate with new graduates earning a minimum of $3 more per hour than a traditional job.
WVWW has a new pilot training site located in Huntington, WV. This site is the Step Up for Women Advanced Manufacturing Pre-Apprenticeship Program. Women in this program will learn about high tech (CNC) machining along with the resource classes offered at our construction training sites.