Graduate Connections

Graduate Connections – Meet Sam Bales

Sam, aged 19 from Bailey, Colorado, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in April 2018. Thanks for sharing your story, Sam. Did you go to welding school straight out of high school? I worked over the summer to save up some money, then moved down to Oklahoma. What made you choose […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Joshua Moya

Joshua, 24 from San Juan, Texas, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School back in January 2013. Thanks for your time, Joshua. What made you choose a career in welding? To be honest, I was lost my last three years of high school because I didn’t know what I wanted to do […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Michell’e Perkins

Michell’e, from Philadelphia, Mississippi, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in January 2018. Thanks for sharing your story, Michell’e. What brought you to Tulsa Welding School in Houston? Prior to coming to Texas, I was a production worker at an automotive plant in Mississippi. I was […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Preston Leger

Preston, aged 19 from Beaumont, Texas, graduated from the Welding Specialist with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in March 2018. Preston went to welding school straight out of high school. Thanks for your time, Preston. What made you choose a welding career? What really drove me to do it […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Herb Ruffins

Herb, 62, from New Jersey, graduated from the nine-month Electro-Mechanical Technologies program at the Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus, in April 2018. Thanks for sharing your story, Herb. What brought you to TWS in your 60s? I’ve had my own painting company since 1999, first in Jersey and then I moved to Cleveland, OH, in […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Marlon Pichardo

Marlon, aged 20 from Dallas, Texas, graduated from the seven-month Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in late February 2018. Thanks for your time, Marlon. Did you go to welding school right out of high school? I took a year off before I went to Tulsa. When I graduated high school, I wasn’t sure […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Stephan Rodriguez

Stephan, 26, was born and raised in Florida. He graduated from the seven-month Electrical Applications (Electrician Training) program at the Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus, in March 2018. Thanks for your time, Stephan. What did you do after high school? I actually finished my last year of high school in Puerto Rico. I was living […]

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Graduate Connections – Tom Bazell

Tom, age 20 from Colorado Springs, CO, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in April 2018. Thanks for your time, Tom. Did you go to welding school out of high school? I took about a year off. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. My mom knew I’d come to […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Dave Matthews

Dave graduated from the Professional Welder program at the Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus, in February 2018. Dave, aged 61, lived in Wisconsin for 30 years but now lives in Florida. Thanks for sharing your story, Dave. What made you start a second career at age 60? I spent just shy of 40 years in […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Chris Gilmartin

Chris, age 19 from Colorado, graduated from the seven-month Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in March 2018. Thanks for your time, Chris. Did you go straight into welding school from high school? I graduated high school and had two months before I started at Tulsa. I worked at a gas station and used […]

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