Graduate Connections

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 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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Graduate Connections – Meet Gilberto Ruvalcaba

Gilberto, 29, was born in Mexico. He was raised in Oklahoma from the age of six and became a US citizen in 2018. Gilberto graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in May 2019. Thanks for your time, Gilberto. Was attending welding school a career change for you? I was already welding […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Phillip Carter

Phil, 31, from Jacksonville, Florida, is a graduate of the seven-month Refrigeration Technologies program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville. He graduated in October 2018.   Thanks for your time, Phil. Was this a career change, or were you already working in HVAC? I had been working off and on for a guy doing mostly residential […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Cody Buttrey

Cody, 22, was born in Tulsa but grew up in a small town called Vian, Oklahoma. He graduated the seven-month Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in December 2018. Thanks for your time, Cody. Share your journey to Tulsa Welding School. I joined the U.S Army at 17. I finished my junior year in […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Elicia Swain

Elicia, from Houston, Texas, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in October 2018. Elicia, a mom of four girls and a boy, had no prior welding experience. Thanks for sharing your story, Elicia. Tell us about life before Tulsa Welding School. I’ve had a number of […]

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