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Graduate Connections: Brian Holmes

Meet Brian Holmes Brian, aged 36 from Sierra Vista, AZ, graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies program in December 2013. Brian doubled up on phases and completed the six month program in just three months.   Thanks for your time Brian; tell us how you got started in HVAC. After graduating high school, I bounced around various jobs; I worked in a tire shop, at Walmart, in fast food places. In 2003, at the age of 24, I decided I needed ...

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Graduate Connections: Trenton Williams

Meet Trenton Williams Trent Williams, aged 25, from Houston, TX, graduated from Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center – Houston campus (TWSTC) in August 2015. Trent was in the second class to graduate from the Houston Welding Specialist program.   Thanks for sharing your story Trent; what work did you do before you came to TWSTC? I was basically jumping around. I did security, lifeguarding, warehouse work. I did everything, a bunch of different jobs but none that could become a ...

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Graduate Connections: Alex Quinn

Meet Alex Quinn Alex, aged 21, graduated from Tulsa Welding School – Jacksonville campus in July 2015. Before enrolling in the Professional Welder program in December 2014, Alex had never tried welding.   Thanks for sharing your story Alex; how did you come to a career in welding? After high school I wasn’t really doing anything, so I decided to join the Army. But that didn’t go too well for me; I got out a year later and came home still ...

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Graduate Connections: Alex Declair

Meet Alex Declair Alex Declair, aged 23 was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in June 2013 before moving back to Phoenix, and then back to Tulsa! Thanks for sharing your story Alex; what did you do before going to TWS? I was looking into becoming an officer with the DEA, but I had to have hip surgery; the physical aspects of that job meant that career went out ...

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Graduate Connections: Macy Vipperman

Meet Macy Vipperman Macy Vipperman, born and raised in a small town called Moyers, OK, graduated from Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in March 2015. Macy, aged 25, now lives in Delaware, Iowa; she moved there with her first welding job after graduating TWS.   Thanks for your time Macy; what did you do before you went to TWS? I had a job with the State Park just down the road from Moyers for a little while, then I ...

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Graduate Connections: Shelton Sullivan

Meet Shelton Sullivan Shelton, aged 28 from Brunswick, GA, graduated from Tulsa Welding School – Jacksonville campus in July 2015. Shelton completed the Professional Welder program with straight ‘A’s and a 4.0 GPA; he had perfect attendance (despite driving 140 miles round trip every day), and was valedictorian of his class.   Congratulations Shelton; what made you choose a career in welding? In the beginning I was inspired by my high school teacher to take welding; it’s something I’ve always ...

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Graduate Connections: Jake Wilson

Meet Jake Wilson Jake Wilson, aged 32, graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies program in February 2015. Prior to enrolling at The Refrigeration School Jake worked in law enforcement but he did have some HVAC experience from a job he got fresh out of high school in 2001.   Thanks for your time Jake; how did you find yourself in HVAC back in the day? I was 18 and working as a laborer on a construction site; you know how it is ...

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Graduate Connections: Emilio De Los Santos

Meet Emilio De Los Santos Emilio De Los Santos, 20, from Eagle Pass, TX, graduated from Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center – Houston campus (TWSTC) on August 14, 2015. Emilio was part of the second class to graduate from the Welding Specialist program at the new Houston campus.    Congratulations on your graduation Emilio; what made you choose welding as a career? I was always interested in welding, but I never did it because there was always other stuff ...

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Graduate Connections: Matt Krause

Meet Matt Krause Matt Krause, aged 22 from Houston, TX, graduated from the Tulsa Welding School in 2012.   Thanks for your time Matt; what made you choose a career in welding? I knew I wasn’t going to go to university and sit through four years of classes. A few months before graduating high school I met a guy. He’d never been a welder, but he’d got some certifications under his belt and become a weld inspector. Three years out of school, ...

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Graduate Connections: Michael Goff

Meet Mike Goff The Goff family has a long connection with The Refrigeration School (RSI). Three generations of Goff boys have come through our doors, starting in the mid-1960s with Gerald Goff. When Gerald’s son Richard (Butch) Goff wanted to join the family business, his first stop was RSI; he graduated in 1983. Then Butch’s son, Mike, became the third generation of Goff RSI graduates when he graduated in 2003. Completing the 50 year association, Mike’s step-brother Michael will graduate ...

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