StrataTech Welcomes Mark Buck as Vice President of Admissions

PHOENIX (Aug. 30, 2021) – StrataTech Education Group announced today the hiring of Mark Buck to serve as Vice President of Admissions. Buck will lead admissions strategies including enrollment, retention and marketing for all Tulsa Welding School campuses and The Refrigeration School, Inc.

Buck has extensive experience leading enrollment and retention in higher education. He joins StrataTech from Midwestern Career College where he served as senior director of marketing and admissions. Prior to Midwestern Career College, Buck spent more than 15 years as Vice President of Admissions and Enrollment for DeVry and Chamberlain Universities, where he helped Chamberlain become the largest nursing school in the country.

“Mark has proven to be an innovative and successful leader in enrollment and admissions,” said Mary Kelly, CEO of StrataTech Education Group. “We are happy to have him leading our admissions team at such a critical time in the skilled trades industry.”

Buck received his bachelor’s degree in Business & Communications from the University of Illinois as well as a master’s degree in Management & Leadership from National-Louis University. He has also been recognized by his peers for his enrollment strategy capabilities and leadership including the honor of Vice President of the Year from DeVry University.

“I am honored to join StrataTech Education Group and apply my extensive knowledge and expertise to advance the campus’ admissions strategies,” said Buck. “I’m excited to bring new strategies to Tulsa Welding School and The Refrigeration School, Inc. that will attract the most qualified and passionate students to our schools.”

Skilled trades have become more popular than ever as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced people to consider new career paths. A recent StrataTech survey found that 62% of individuals who had to find or create an additional source of income over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic said the pandemic motivated them to consider enrolling in a trade school. Additionally, the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that was recently passed by the U.S. Senate will bring around 2 million jobs per year over the next decade, according to the White House.


About StrataTech Education Group

StrataTech Education Group focuses on the education, growth and development of specialized career education schools, particularly skilled-trade programs designed to address the nation’s growing infrastructure needs. Holding an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau, StrataTech Education Group’s portfolio includes The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI), Tulsa Welding School (TWS), Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville, and Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (TWSTC). For more information, visit 

About The Refrigeration School, Inc.

The Refrigeration School, Inc. (RSI) was founded in Phoenix in 1965 and has been training students for sustainable HVAC careers for more than 60 years. Offering hands-on education with a strong emphasis on the highly sought-after electrical skills, diagnostic and mechanical technology proficiency employers seek, RSI’s programs include Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Technologies, Electro-Mechanical Technologies (HVAC-R), Mechanical Maintenance Engineering, and an online solar certification training. RSI is an ACCSC accredited school and licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education. For more information, including graduation rates and the median debt of students who complete RSI programs, visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.

About Tulsa Welding School

Tulsa Welding School (TWS) was founded in 1949 in Tulsa, Okla. and has trained thousands of individuals to become professional, entry-level welders for more than 60 years. Students learn hands-on, technical competencies and skills in labs, workshops and classrooms, with a curriculum designed to meet employers’ needs. TWS offers Professional Welder and Pipefitting programs. Upon program completion, TWS graduates are equipped to start entry-level careers in a variety of industries, ranging from automotive to manufacturing. TWS is an ACCSC accredited school and licensed by OBPVS. For more information, including graduation rates and the median debt of students who complete TWS programs, visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


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