News & Updates

  • 4/1/2020: Jacksonville Moves to Remote Instruction Until Further Notice, Effective April 3rd at Midnight

    As you may know, Mayor Curry issued today a Safer at Home Executive Order that instructs all Jacksonville nonessential businesses to close Friday, April 3, at 12:01 a.m. On Thursday night, we will officially shut the campus doors to all students until further notice. We take our responsibility to help America fill its infrastructure skilled trades shortage very seriously. Unfortunately, we cannot continue our onsite education until the order is lifted.

    Several students have requested the opportunity to continue their hands-on training program. To best accommodate graduating students, we will keep the lab open over the next 24 hours to accommodate the maximum hours of lab time. We will host lab hours until 11:59 pm Thursday to help students in their final phase complete the program. At that point, we will transition to 100% instructor-led remote learning. Your instructor will reach out to you directly with more information about your individual learning plan. Over the past few weeks, we have revamped the curriculum so that we can teach all classroom instruction remotely until we’re able open the lab again.

    We will invite students to return to the campus as soon as we can. Once we reopen, students will have access to labs for the amount of hours allocated in the curriculum. We will also have extended lab hours available at that time.

    Safety measures we will continue to take during these final open campus hours include:

    • Practicing social distancing with stations and seating areas six feet apart or greater.
    • Disinfecting all high touch common areas.
    • Encouraging anyone who does not feel well to stay home.
    • Providing sanitary supplies around the campus for frequent handwashing and equipment disinfection.

    As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, we encourage you to contact Student Services with any questions, concerns or requests for more information. You can reach Student Services at the following emails and phone numbers:
    [email protected], 904.345.5558
    [email protected], 904.646.9353

    Thank you for being a valued student at TWS. We will get through this together.

  • 3/30/2020: How We Are Handling the COVID-19 Outbreak
  • 3/28/2020: Jacksonville Campus Starts Revised Schedule

    The COVID-19 event is a rapidly changing situation and one that we continue to monitor on a daily basis.

    We were notified by Mayor Curry’s office that private schools are exempted from his recent executive order. Our graduates help fill labor demand for “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” Our campus is permitted to remain open so our students can work toward graduating to fill trade positions necessary for our nation’s infrastructure.

    In an effort to keep as many students at home, while still focusing on graduating essential workers, the campus will open Monday, March 30th, with a new revised schedule. Upon return, students in the latter half of their program (Professional Welder Phase 5-10) will participate in a revised schedule, with additional lab time to comply with social distancing and CDC guidelines, maintaining a 6-foot distance from others when possible. Starting Monday, newer students (phases 1-4), will begin remote instruction exclusively. Upon return to normal operations, those students with limited lab time will receive additional time in the lab to complete required projects. Students will learn of the new schedule from their instructors over the weekend. The Refrigeration Technologies and Electrical Applications programs will continue their current modified schedule with reduced on site lab time, coupled with online learning until the middle of the phase, Wednesday, April 1st.

    If you or your parent(s) feel at risk to return, we are happy to give a Leave of Absence Policy. Under this newly approved policy, students can take a leave for up to 60 days with no consequences. Please email [email protected]tws.edu or call 904-345-5558, or email [email protected] or call 904-646-9353 for more information about this policy, if interested.

    If exposed to anyone with COVID-19, contact Student Services, but do not come to the campus until you have self-quarantined for 14 days. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please notify the campus president right away.

    For returning students, we remind you to follow these precautionary measures:
     
    • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Avoid shaking hands.
    • If you have to sneeze, please use a tissue.
    • If you’re not feeling well, stay home and don’t come to class.
    • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and public health guidelines, as the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority.

    Hamed Shibli
    Campus President

  • 3/28/2020: Tulsa Campus Qualifies as Essential Business

    We recently petitioned for our Tulsa Campus to qualify as an essential business, as our graduates help fill labor demand for “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” As an essential business, we are permitted to reopen our campus so our students can work toward graduating to fill trade positions necessary for our nation’s infrastructure.

    Today, Mayor G.T. Bynum issued a shelter in place for the city of Tulsa. In an effort to keep as many students at home, while still focusing on graduating essential workers, the campus will reopen on Monday, March 30. Upon return, students in the latter half of their program (Phase 5-10) will participate in a revised schedule with additional lab time to further reinforce social distancing and CDC guidelines to maintain a 6-foot distance from others when possible. Starting Monday, newer students (phases 1-4), will begin remote instruction exclusively. Upon return to normal operations, those students with limited lab time will receive additional time in the lab to complete required projects. Students will learn of the new schedule from their instructors over the weekend.

    If you or your parent(s) feel at risk to return, we are happy to give a Leave of Absence Policy. Under this newly approved policy, students can take a leave for up to 60 days with no consequences. Please email [email protected] or call 539.302.3712 for more information about this policy if interested.

    If exposed to anyone with COVID-19, contact Student Services, but do not come to the campus until you have self-quarantined for 14 days. If you are diagnosed with COVID-19, please notify the campus president right away.

    For returning students, we remind you to follow these precautionary measures:

    • Don’t touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
    • Avoid shaking hands.
    • If you have to sneeze, please use a tissue.
    • If you’re not feeling well, stay home and don’t come to class.
    • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.

    We will continue to monitor the situation and public health guidelines. The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority.

    Carlton Smith
    Campus President

  • 3/27/2020: TWS Implements New Leave of Absence Policy

    In a continuing effort to ensure the safety of all of our students, we have implemented a new Leave of Absence (LOA) policy, effective immediately. A leave of absence will be available for any individual who feels they have been affected by, have genuine concerns about contracting, or have tested positive for COVID-19. A student or parent may contact us directly to request an LOA, effective for 60 days, with no impact on their financial or school progress.

    We are committed to helping students and families get through this period safely. Our on-campus efforts still include additional disinfecting measures and adjusted schedules to limit social interaction, but we understand the continued concern at this time. Please contact our Student Services department and they will assist you. We will continue to operate with a modified schedule to foster those students who wish to complete their program on time.

    Student Services:

    Tulsa: Student Services: [email protected] 539.302.3712

    Jacksonville: Student Services: 904-345-5558, [email protected]

    Houston: Student Services: 281-975-0432, [email protected]

  • 3/25/2020: Tulsa Campus Closes for Groups Larger Than 10 Until Further Notice

    As you may know, Governor Kevin Stitt issued a statewide Safer in Place Executive Order to help stem the spread of COVID-19. The Executive Order urges Oklahomans to follow CDC guidelines and also prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. To comply with the order, we will close the campus tonight Wednesday, March 25th. As of March 26, the campus will not be open for groups larger than 10 people until further notice. This applies to all students, staff and faculty.

    Students in Phase 10, will be allowed to complete their lab time in groups of nine students with one instructor in order to complete the lab requirement for graduation. An instructor will reach out to those individual students who need additional lab time.

    Although the physical campus will be closed, we remain firmly committed to your continued education. Beginning March 26th we will transition to 100 percent instructor-led remote learning to allow all students to continue their classroom education. As soon as Governor Stitt lifts the Executive Order, we will welcome all students back to the campus to complete necessary lab trainings and continue their classroom instruction according to their program structure.

    During this time, we want to make sure all lines of communication are strong. Please watch for an update to follow from a TWS staff member who will call you with information about this transition. You can also contact Kari Cagle [email protected] or at 918.798.0631 or Carlton Smith [email protected] or at 918.800.9409 for additional information about this transition.

    Other resources to stay informed:

    TWS COVID-19 Updates

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Oklahoma State Department of Health

    We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and keep you informed of any updates as they become available. Thank you for your attention to our updates, adherence to our safety measures and flexibility during this unprecedented time.

    We are all in this together and will get through this together.

    Carlton Smith

  • 3/23/2020: TWS Is Taking Precautions to Keep Students Safe

    We understand the concern our students and parents are facing over COVID-19. We are closely watching State and National health agencies to ensure that we are taking every precaution with students faculty and staff on our campus.

    In addition to our regular cleaning routine, we are disinfecting all classrooms and common areas of the campus regularly. Additionally, we are disinfecting all high touch surfaces multiple times throughout the day.

    We have also taken steps to maximize social distancing at the campus, keeping everyone six feet or more apart per CDC guidelines, and incorporating remote learning into our programs all in a effort to allow students to complete the program while maintaining a healthy environment.

  • 3/20/20: Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center (Houston campus), Effective March 21 at Midnight

    As you may know, Governor Greg Abbott issued yesterday a mandatory order to temporarily close schools, restaurants, gyms and bars statewide in an action to help stop the spread of the novel COVID-19 (coronavirus). The statewide order goes into effect Friday, March 21 at midnight. We will close the Houston campus to all students, staff and faculty until further notice after the conclusion of this evening’s classes.

    Although our physical campus will be closed, we remain committed to your continued education. Beginning Monday, we will transition to 100 percent remote instruction to allow all students to continue their classroom education. As soon as Governor Abbott lifts the state school closure mandate, we will welcome all students back to the campus to complete necessary lab trainings and continue their classroom instruction according to their program structure.

    During this time, we want to make sure all lines of communication are strong. Please watch for an update to follow from a TWSTC staff member who will call you with information about this transition. You can also contact Student Services at [email protected] or 281-975-0484 for additional information, support or needed guidance.

    We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and keep you informed of any updates as they become available. Thank you for your attention to our updates, adherence to our safety measures and flexibility during this unprecedented time.

    We are all in this together and will get through this together.

    Brandon Milligan

  • 03/19/20: TWS Is Delaying In-School Payments for 60 Days

    All of us at TWS want you to focus on health and peace of mind during the developing outbreak of CODID-19. We know the current situation is uncertain. You may have already had to make some tough financial decisions.

    To help during this time, TWS is immediately delaying all in-school student payments for 60 days if you have a due date of April or sooner. Not late fees will be incurred.

    Rest assured: We will continue to monitor the situation and help you complete your training.

    Please contact Student Services so we can help you with your options:

    Tulsa: 918-587-6789

    Jacksonville: 904-345-5558

    Houston: 281-975-0484

    Sincerely,

    Tulsa Welding School, Tulsa Welding School Jacksonville, Tulsa Welding School & Technology Center

  • Cancelled: High School Senior Welding Competition

    Most recently, our nation has been focused on circumstances that surround (COVID-19) commonly referred to as the Coronavirus. Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of our students has always been a top priority and is especially critical during this time.

    As a precaution, we have decided to cancel the annual High School Senior Welding Competition across Tulsa Welding School campuses, which includes Tulsa and Houston competitions. We know many have prepared and looked forward to the event and we thank our students and staff who have showed interest. Those who planned on competing and registered for the event will still receive a $500 scholarship, despite the cancellation and a refund of any registration fees paid.

    Additionally, we plan to hold a competition this summer while school is in session.

    Although we’ll miss hosting the annual High School Senior Welding Competition this year, we must take everyone’s safety as our first priority.

    We will continue monitoring the situation and provide updates to everyone, as available. As always, thank you for being a part of the Tulsa Welding School community. We look forward to welcoming incoming students to the start of classes this summer.

  • New TWS Class Schedule Coming Soon

    As you are aware, out of abundance of caution with the progression of Coronavirus/COVID-19, we are closing all campuses on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. With the health and safety of all students, faculty and staff as our top priority, we will use this time to perform a deep cleaning and to further disinfect all classrooms, hard surfaces, lab spaces and communal areas as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html).

    Upon return, students will begin a modified schedule with a combination of lab time and distance education that can be completed at home. This new schedule allows us to practice CDC-recommended social distancing measures and minimizes student time on site while also maintaining hands on experiential learning. Each student will receive a call from a staff member on Tuesday with information about their new schedule.

    We appreciate your attention to our updates, adherence to our safety measures and flexibility during this unique time. Please visit https://www.tws.edu/covid-19/ for the most up to date information. In the meantime, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation along with CDC and state public health agency recommendations.

    Additionally, we encourage you to follow the CDC’s preventive measures (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.htm) and recommend steps if you think you are sick (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html) to help slow the transmission of COVID-19 and protect our communities.

  • Classes Cancelled: March 16 and 17

    As you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing to respond to the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in the United States. We have been monitoring the situation closely and are following the CDC’s preventive measures to slow transmission of the virus in our community.

    At this time TWS has no known cases of COVID-19 but the virus has been confirmed in many surrounding communities. With the health and safety of our students and faculty top of mind, we are cancelling all classes Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. We will use this time to further disinfect all classrooms and common areas of the campus, which is in addition to our regular cleaning routine.

    Classes will resume on Wednesday, March 18. We will keep you informed of any additional changes as we watch for updates from White House, CDC and state public agencies.

    Please reach out to Student Services with any questions or concerns around this news. Their numbers and emails is listed below. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility during this uncertain time.

    Tulsa: Student Services: 918-587-6789, [email protected]

    Jacksonville: Student Services: 904-345-5558, [email protected]

    Houston: Student Services: 281-975-0484, [email protected]

  • April Graduation Ceremonies Cancelled

    Thank you so much for being such a valued student at TWS. As you know, the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community is always paramount.

    As you are aware, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is continuing to respond to the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus in the United States. We have been monitoring the situation closely and are following the CDC’s preventive measures to slow transmission of the virus in our communities. With the CDC suggesting event cancellations as a precautionary measure, we have made the difficult decision to postpone April graduation ceremonies for everyone’s safety and wellness.

    We will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation. Once the CDC lifts precautionary measures, we will immediately notify you of a new date where we can join one another to celebrate your achievement along with all April graduates.

    Thank you for your understanding during this unprecedented, challenging time.

    If you have any questions, please contact Student Services:

    Tulsa: 918-587-6789, [email protected]

    Jacksonville: 904-345-5558, [email protected]

    Houston: 281-975-0432, [email protected]

  • COVID-19 - March 13, 2020

    At TWS, the safety of all our students, faculty and staff is always a top priority. With ongoing concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well state officials. As we monitor the situation, we want you to be aware of the action plan we have in place and urge all to follow prevention measures as outlined below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your campus president.

    Campus Preparedness
    TWS has set up an emergency preparedness plan in the event of any impact or disruption to campus operations. As part of this, we have implemented cleaning procedures with the use of stronger disinfectant products on high-touch surfaces, making hand sanitizers readily available, and educating campus teams on best practices recommended by the CDC. There are currently no plans to cancel classes and we will not do so unless directed by the Department of Public Health. If needed, we have established protocols to ensure quick and decisive action. At TWS we plan to actively work with state and federal health authorities, including the Center for Disease Control, to identify impacted individuals and follow public health guidelines to best protect our students, faculty and staff at all campuses.

    The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (i.e. experiencing fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath). Although the United States has implemented public health measures to limit the spread of the virus, it is likely that some person-to-person transmission will continue to occur. Students, faculty and staff who experience symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, coughing or shortness of breath) should contact their healthcare provider immediately, do not come to campus and notify your campus president.

    Preventative Measures
    As appropriate, all students and employees should implement good hygiene and follow these simple steps:

    • Become familiar with and recognize symptoms of the illness
    • Seek care if you have recently traveled within an affected region and are experiencing symptoms
    • Always practice good hygiene: Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water; cover your mouth while coughing or sneezing; avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands; and avoid sharing food, cups or utensils
    • Encourage workers & students to stay home if they are sick
    • Encourage respiratory etiquette, including covering coughs and sneezes
    • Discourage workers from using other workers’ phones, desks, offices, or other work tools and equipment, when possible

    Additional Resources
    While we will remain in close contact with campus leaders to ensure that there is a broad understanding of the complexities of this dynamic situation, we encourage you to visit the following websites for up-to-date information.

  • President's Update - March 4, 2020

    There is a lot of focus on COVID-19 (also referred to as the Coronavirus) recently. We are sending this out to keep you informed. There is no need to panic as confirmed cases in the US remain relatively low. Please use the suggestions in the attached to stay as safe as possible. Remember to use proper hand washing techniques at all times. We will have all hand sanitizers at the school operational and continuously replenished- please use them. We will also be disinfecting all high touch areas every two hours. Most importantly, if you are sick, stay home. If you feel you have COVID-19, call your healthcare provider and get tested.