Graduate Connections

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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Graduate Connections – Meet John Hall

John, 29 from Houston, TX, completed the Welding Specialist with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in December 2018. He will walk the stage in March. Thanks for your time, John. What brought you to Tulsa Welding School? I was in the state penitentiary for selling drugs. I got out […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet David Hernandez

David, 21 from Jacksonville, Florida, is a graduate of the nine month Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville. He graduated on January 28 2019. Thanks for your time, David. What did you do after high school, before TWS? After graduating in 2016, I lazed around for a while before going to work […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Derrick Metheny

Derrick, age 27, originally from Arkansas, graduated the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in January 2019. Thanks for sharing your story, Derrick. Tell us what brought you to Tulsa Welding School. After high school, I went to college for a music education. I became a band director and did that for a couple […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet James “Ty” Southern”

Ty, 22 from Lufkin, TX, graduated the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in March 2018. Thanks for your time, Ty. What did you do before Tulsa Welding School? I never thought about going to welding school when I left high school. I actually started working as a butcher […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Hannah Casas

Hannah, 20, from San Antonio, Texas, completed the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in April 2018. Thanks for sharing your story, Hannah. Did you come to Tulsa Welding School right out of high school? Yes, I did. I only had one summer month to do what I wanted […]

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