Graduate Connections

Graduate Connections – Meet Justin Krauss

Justin, 31, born and raised in Clearwater, Florida, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in February 2020. Thanks for sharing your story, Justin. Had you done any welding in high school? Nothing. I didn’t even finish high school. I dropped out as a freshman at 17. […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Dionete Bonner

Dionete, 24, was born in Georgia but has lived in Jacksonville the past 10 years. Dionete graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies (RT) program at Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville in November 2019. Thank you for sharing your story, Dionete. What did you after high school? I went to college immediately out of high school. I […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Wawing Christophe

Wawing, 21, originally from Haiti, has called West Palm Beach, Florida, home for the past nine years. He graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in Jacksonville in October 2018. He now works at SpaceX in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Thank you for your time Wawing. What did you do before coming to […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Piper Courreges

Piper, 19, from Harrah, Oklahoma, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in July 2019. Thanks for your time, Piper. Did you come to welding school straight after high school?   No, I was a CNA [Certified Nursing Assistant]. I was going to go on and get my nursing degree. I’d been […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Amber Anderson

Amber, 35, from Houston, Texas, graduated from the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in January 2020. A mom of three, Amber had never touched a welding machine before coming to school. Thanks for your time, Amber. Tell us what you did after high school.   I became a […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Mark Moreno

Mark, 26, from Houston, Texas, and a Marine Corps veteran, graduated from the Welding Specialist with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in April 2018. Thanks for sharing your story, Mark. Tell us what you did after high school.   I joined the Marine Corps. I did a four-year enlistment, […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Sioux Dotts

Sioux, 31, was a “military brat” born at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. A single mom to five kids, Sioux completed the Welding Specialist program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in July 2019, despite working full-time and spending up to four hours a day driving to and from school! Sioux […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Shawn Whitman

Shawn, 30, from Window Rock, Arizona, graduated from the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School in July 2019. Thanks for your time, Shawn. Tell us what you did before welding school. I wasn’t doing that much of anything, really. I wasn’t working at the time, to be honest, just lounging around at home. What […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Robby Pennington

Robby, 33, from Charleston, West Virginia, is a graduate of the Professional Welder program at Tulsa Welding School, Jacksonville. He graduated in July 2015, and now lives in Fort Pierce, Florida. Thanks for your time, Robby. Tell us about your background before TWS. I joined the Army in 2004 and was in for six years. […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Raneisha Mitchell

Raneisha, 26, from Thibodaux, Louisiana, graduated from the Welding Specialist with Pipefitting program at Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center in Houston in August 2019. Thanks for sharing your story, Raneisha. Tell us what you did after high school.  I moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where I attempted to go to community college for Nursing. […]

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