Faculty Connections

Faculty Feature – Meet Steven Chavez

Steven is a Senior Welding Instructor at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston. Lately, he has been teaching the 125 Capstone night class, the final course of the Welding Specialist program. But as a senior instructor, he’s available to teach any course in the program, so he often moves around. Thanks for speaking […]

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Faculty Feature – Meet Ike Dru

Ike is an Instructor at the Tulsa campus. A Native American – half Cheyenne, half Arickara – Ike has been teaching at Tulsa Welding School for two years. After leaving the Army, Ike had a variety of odd jobs including time as an apprentice carpenter. Ike started welding in his mid 20s, about 20 years […]

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Faculty Connections: Rick Warnock

Meet Rick Warnock Rick Warnock has been teaching at the Tulsa Welding School for about six years. From the Kellyville, OK, area, Rick has travelled the country and the world as a welder. Welding has run in the Warnock family for generations, and the line continues as one of his sons, William, is also an […]

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Faculty Connections: Tom Brashear

Meet Tom Brashear Tom Brashear, welding instructor at Tulsa Welding School – Houston, joined our new Texas campus in January this year. Houston is home for Tom, and when he’s not teaching, he enjoys inventing machines for welding processes.   How long have you been a welder Tom? Not too long – about 38 years… […]

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Faculty Connections: Travis Hopkins

Meet Travis Hopkins Travis Hopkins, welding instructor at Tulsa Welding School – Houston, is four months into the job at our new campus. Born and raised in Denton, TX, Travis arrived in Houston six months ago with the clothes on his back and a motorcycle.   Tell me how you got into welding Travis? In […]

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Faculty Connections: Anthony Reid

Meet Tony Reid Tony Reid has only been with Tulsa Welding School – Jacksonville campus for about two years, but he has just been recommended for the Lead HVAC Instructor position, a role he assumes on May 12th. A U.S. Navy veteran with over 22 years service, Tony has plenty of valuable experience to share […]

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Faculty Connection: James Howard

Meet James Howard James Howard has been teaching at Tulsa Welding School – Jacksonville since August 2009. Born and raised in Jacksonville, James is a devoted husband, a proud father, and a passionate fisherman. He started his welding career as a welder’s helper in a New Orleans shipyard in the 1970s.   After nearly 40 […]

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Faculty Connections: Penny Petree

Meet Penny Petree Penny Petree, from Pampa, Texas, is a pipefitting instructor at the Tulsa Welding School. Penny has been in the pipefitting field for more than 27 years, and she just celebrated two years at the Tulsa campus. Pipefitting seemed a natural career for this plumber’s daughter, who started in construction on a bet… […]

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Faculty Connections: Shakirah Harrell

Meet Shakirah Harrell Shakirah Harrell, welding instructor at Tulsa Welding School – Houston, is just 12 weeks into her time at our new Texas campus. Born in New Jersey, raised in North Carolina, with the last 11 years spent in Virginia, Shakirah is a mom to three and a firm believer that women bring class […]

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Faculty Connections: Zack Verts

Meet Zack Verts   Zack Verts was a member of the first graduating class to come out of the Tulsa Welding School -Jacksonville campus back in 2002. Zack has now come full circle as he’s a senior welding instructor at the campus. Born and raised near Kansas City, Missouri, Zack moved to Jacksonville with his […]

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