Graduate Connections

Graduate Connections – Meet Carrie Gagnon

Carrie, 33, from Orlando, Florida, is a graduate of the Professional Welder with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville. Carrie graduated in March 2013, and she now lives in Arizona with her husband and two little girls. Having stopped welding for a few years to focus on being a mom, Carrie restarted her welding […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Anthony Esposito

Anthony, 31, from Splendora, Texas, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in July 2019. Thanks for your time, Anthony. Tell us what you did before welding school?  In 2006 I joined the U.S. Army when I was 17. I went to Iraq and then Afghanistan a […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Ashley Walker

Ashley, 27, from Colorado, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in May 2019. Ashley moved to Houston in May 2017 when she decided she needed to change her career path.  Thanks for your time, Ashley. What made you choose a career in welding?   After high school, […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Latisha Nichols

Latisha, a 24-year-old single mom from Eufaula, Oklahoma, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in July 2019.  Thanks for sharing your story, Latisha. Tell us what you did before coming to welding school. I was just working customer service. I got tired of it. The pay wasn’t good, so I decided […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Travis Davis

Travis, 31, born and raised in Houston, Texas, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in July 2018.  Thanks for sharing your story, Travis. Tell us what you did before welding school.   I went to college and got my associate degree. Even then I realized I needed […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Melanie Oudthorne

Melanie, age 29, from Arkansas, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in July 2019.  Thanks for sharing your story, Melanie. Tell us about life before attending welding school. I had my daughter at 19—she is now 9—and then I worked on a military installation for six years before I went to […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Ramona Green

Ramona, 21, from Oakdale, Louisiana, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in March 2019.  Thanks for your time, Ramona. What did you do after high school?   I graduated in 2015. I did every sport you can think of. I had a scholarship to go play at […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Elijah Nichols

Elijah, 37, was born in Arkansas but raised “all over the place,” as his dad was in the military. Elijah, now retired from the U.S. Army himself, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in early May 2019. Thank you for your time today, Elijah. Tell us about life after high school. […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet John Black

John, 49, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in September 2008. John is now a CWI and does 3rd party inspections for a materials testing lab and special inspections agency in Long Island City, New York. Thanks for your time, John. You went to welding school at 38. What took you […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Kristine Verkaik

Kristine, 36 from Hammond, Indiana, completed the Welding Specialist with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in February 2019.   Thanks for your time, Kristine. What brought you to Tulsa Welding School? I’ve been a server in the restaurant industry since I was 17, so almost 20 years. This was […]

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