“America needs 400,000 welders,” said Pa’Trice Frazier, recalling what she read in a New York Times article more than a decade ago. That passing news story had a lasting impact on Pa’Trice, driving her to learn welding so she could one day be a welding teacher. “It made me feel like I can help people,” she said.
Today, Pa’Trice is an experienced welder who has been featured in the same newspaper that sparked her interest in welding. Pa’Trice’s work stretches from Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum to Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium — but the work of teaching young people to weld is closest to her heart. “I’m like the liaison from the streets to the shop,” she said. “I’ve got the skill. I need to teach.”
“I’ve got the skill. I need to teach.”
Sam Singleton is one of many students impacted by Pa’Trice’s determination. “She really changed how I looked at welding,” he said. “That changed my confidence; that changed how proud I am of myself … I’d love to do what Pa’Trice does.”