Graduate Connections

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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Grad Connections – Meet Sean Parkerson

Sean, 39, from Houston, Texas, graduated from the Welding Specialist with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School in Houston on December 2, 2016. Sean had worked in and around the oil fields of Texas for 20 years before 18 months of unemployment forced him to rethink his career. Thanks for sharing your story Sean. Tell […]

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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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