Graduate Connections

Graduate Connections – Meet Michael Sanders

Michael, 36, is from Los Angeles, but has called Florida home for 20 years. Michael graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies (HVAC/R Training) program at the Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus, in April 2016. Before HVAC/R, Michael earned a culinary Bachelor’s degree. He worked as a private chef before cooking his way through the University of […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Mark Taylor

Mark, 38, from Charleston, SC, now lives in Brandon, SD. Mark graduated from the seven month Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston, TX, in February 2017. Mark had zero prior welding experience before he enrolled in the program in the summer of 2016. Thanks for sharing your story, Mark. […]

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Grad Connections – Meet Will LeGrand

Will, 48, is from Okmulgee, Oklahoma. He’d never picked up a welding torch before enrolling in the seven month Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School. Will graduated in June 2014. Thanks for your time, Will; tell us how you came to welding in your mid 40s? Well, let’s just call it a career change. […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Archie Gantes

Archie, aged 28, now calls Orange Park, FL, home. He moved from the Philippines to the U.S. about six months before he enrolled in the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus in early 2014. He graduated in September of that year. Thanks for your time, Archie. You’re from the Philippines; how long […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Marianela Reyes

Marianela, 27, was born in Tampa, FL, raised in Pennsylvania, and has called Broken Arrow, OK, home for the past 10 years. After a variety of bad decisions and dead-end jobs, a friend introduced Marianela to the potential of a welding career in June 2015. The following week she enrolled. Just seven months later in […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Nicholas Gilder

Nicholas, aged 26, born and raised in Jacksonville, FL, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus in June 2014. Thanks for your time Nicholas. What did you do before enrolling at Tulsa Welding School? It’s kind of a crazy story. Having been homeschooled I tried college early – at about […]

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Graduate Connection – Meet Trey Withington

Trey, aged 31, from Cypress, Texas, graduated from the Welding Specialist with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in June 2016. Trey commutes about two hours each way to his job in Hearne, Texas. Thanks for speaking with us, Trey. What were you doing prior to going to welding school […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Sheranda Tempest

Sheranda, 37, from Magnolia, TX, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School, Houston campus in January 2017. After years working as a cook, Sheranda wanted a new career. Thanks for speaking with us Sheranda. What made you choose welding? I chose welding because I’m still creating things with my hands. I can […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Duran Roberts

Duran, 27, is from Freeport on the island of Grand Bahama. Duran came to TWS as a graduate of an apprenticeship program at the Grand Bahama Shipyard in the Bahamas. He specialized in pipefitting during his apprenticeship but wanted to continue his education. Duran graduated from the Professional Welder with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding […]

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Graduate Connection – Meet Isaac Lindsey

Isaac, 21, from Cullman, AL, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville campus in December 2014. Thanks for sharing your story Isaac. Tell us how you came to Tulsa Welding School. I graduated high school in May and, I was at the welding school that July. I took a month off […]

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