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Graduate Connections – Meet Gonzo Reyna

Gonzo, 23, is from west Texas. He graduated from the seven month Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in October 2017. What had you been doing prior to enrolling at Tulsa Welding School? Out of high school I played a year of college football, but that didn’t work out. I got a football scholarship, but as a freshman it didn’t pay for the whole thing…long story short I messed up all that. So I went to work in ...

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Graduate Connections – Meet Danny Williams

Danny, 52, was born in Oceanside, CA, but he came to Arizona at the age of 13. Danny has been married for 28 years and has six kids, three of whom are adopted. Danny graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program and rolled straight into the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering associate degree program. Danny graduated with his associate’s degree in November 2017. Had you any HVAC experience before enrolling at RSI? My history is in construction. I used to have ...

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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 Central Florida to earn a Bachelor’s in History and Political Science. With all that education behind you, why did you choose an HVAC/R career ...

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THE REFRIGERATION SCHOOL, INC. EXPANDS OFFERING WITH WELDING SPECIALIST PROGRAM

PHOENIX, Sept. 18, 2017 –  The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI), the largest heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration (HVAC/R) school in the country, announced it will launch a Welding Specialist Program in collaboration with Tulsa Welding School in the Phoenix market, with classes expected to start December 11, 2017. With capacity to accommodate 120 students, the expansion will help meet a growing industry demand and provide valuable training and career opportunities for interested individuals. According to the Bureau of Labor ...

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David Eaker Named Campus President of The Refrigeration School, Inc.

Largest HVAC/R school in the country under new leadership as demand for highly-skilled technicians increases PHOENIX, Aug. 1, 2017 – Today, The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI), has named David Eaker campus president of the Phoenix-based skilled-trade school. A leader in the industry for more than 50 years, RSI has trained over 10,000 students for sustainable careers in heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R). “With demand booming for skilled HVAC/R technicians, it’s an exciting time to be in the industry ...

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Meet Jesse Barrientos

Jesse at work Jesse, aged 25, graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program in July 2014. Originally from California, Jesse has been in Phoenix most of his life. He now lives in Mesa, and works statewide. Thanks for your time Jesse; why did you decide to go to HVAC school? Out of high school I was a butcher’s apprentice, but that didn’t work out. Then it was an uphill battle with part-time jobs. You name it, I’ve worked it. I was going ...

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Grad Connection – Meet Jose Gutierrez

Jose Gutierrez moved to Arizona from California almost nine years ago. He graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program in October. Married to Norma for 13 years, they have two children aged 11 and 9. Thanks for your time Jose. What made you interested in HVAC? It was kind of a career change; I’d worked with Goettl before, but I was doing construction and other kinds of work for them. I started to help out on the A/C side and that’s ...

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Grad Connection – Meet Matt Bagby

Matt Bagby Matt Bagby, age 20, was born and raised near St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from the Professional Welder program in May 2015, having started at TWS just six months out of high school. Thank you for your time Matt; what brought you to a welding career? I first tried welding when I was 12; my grandpa had a little welding machine in his shop. I’d heard people talk about how much money you could make welding. So I tried ...

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Grad Connection – Meet Jose Dominguez

Jose Dominguez, age 19, is from Moultrie, GA. Just a few weeks after graduating high school, he moved down to Florida to attend Tulsa Welding School – Jacksonville campus. He’s a brand new graduate! Thanks for your time, Jose. You took the seven month Professional Welder program didn’t you? Yes that’s true, but I only had to do five months because I articulated. Articulated? Tell us what that means. To qualify for the articulation program, you need to have taken welding in ...

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Grad Connection – Meet Tolu Atakenu

Tolu Atakenu, aged 29, moved to Montana from Nigeria in 2011. After three years working in health care as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Tolu decided he wanted to change direction and enrolled at Tulsa Welding School. He graduated from the Professional Welder program in March 2015. Thank you for sharing your story Tolu; health care to welding, that’s quite the career change. It was a drastic change! I worked in a hospital in Montana and was very close to ...

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