Graduate Connections

Women in Welding – Meet Jacqueline Santiesteban

Jackie was a carpenter. She had her own framing company, but in 2005 the framing business took a turn for the worse, and she was out of work for several years. Someone offered her a job as a fire watcher in Kansas which is where she was first introduced to welding. “The guys on the […]

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Women in Welding – Meet Katelyn Hester

Katelyn, from Branson, MO, graduated the Professional Welder with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus, in August 2016. Katelyn was in a bit of a rut before going to welding school; she needed a change. “I was stuck serving in the restaurant industry. I finally couldn’t do it anymore. I had to find […]

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Women in Welding – Meet Katryn Mullett

Katryn, 29, originally from New Hampshire, was working in a nursing home before she got a call from her brother that would change her life. “My brother was stationed here in Jacksonville. After he completed his time in the Navy, he decided to come to Tulsa Welding School. He called and told me that he […]

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Women in Welding – Meet Ryann Jones

Ryann graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus, in May 2016. Ryann, a single mom of two, says she gets a lot of questions about why she chose welding school. “I was raised as a tomboy. My father was a sergeant in the military, so he was very strict. I […]

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Women in Welding – Meet Kimberly Powell

Kimberly graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus, in July 2016. Kimberly is a Veteran. She served in the Army National Guard for six years, enlisting at 21. After high school, before enlisting in the Army, Kimberly tried college for a while, but it didn’t work out. “I started attending […]

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Grad Connections – Meet Jeremy Ward

Jeremy, aged 35, from Ponca City, Oklahoma, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School on December 09 2016. Jeremy is married to Cecelia and has seven kids, aged 18 to 4. Thanks for your time, Jeremy. Tell us about your prior career. Prior to coming to Tulsa Welding school I was in […]

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Grad Connection – Meet Kendrick Bowlin

Kendrick, aged 30, was born in New Mexico. He is married to Jennifer with an eight-year old son and a seven-year old daughter. In January 2012 Kendrick graduated from the Associate of Occupational Studies in Welding Technology program at Tulsa Welding School. Thanks for speaking with us Kendrick; talk to us about your career before […]

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Grad Connections – Meet Wesley Moman

Wesley, aged 37, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in October 2015. Wesley had never welded before, but it’s helped turn his life around. Thanks for your time Wesley; what made you go back to school for welding in your mid 30s? I’d really wanted to go to […]

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Grad Connection – Meet Rodney Roberts

Rodney, aged 42, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School – Jacksonville campus in May 2012. Rodney went straight into the Navy out of high school. He served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt from 1993 to 1997. Thanks for your time, and your service Rodney. Did you have any welding […]

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Grad Connection – Meet Samantha Lira

Samantha, aged 19, graduated from the Welding Specialist with Pipefitting program at the Tulsa Welding School and Technology Center campus on March 25th 2016. Thanks for speaking to us Samantha. How did you get in to welding?   My father welded a little around the house, so he first introduced me to it. He encouraged […]

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