TSTC Sweetwater students honored

May 21, 2014

Wind Energy and Turbine Technology graduate Kyle Fuege accepts his award from TSTC Interim President Kyle Smith.

Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater recently held the Spring 2014 Student Award Ceremony at the campus. The award ceremony is held each semester to honor outstanding students as well as announce the graduation speaker and President Award Winner. As these outstanding students were being introduced, there was a repetitive theme in the comments … these graduates were already placed in jobs and many already working.
This was true across all the TSTC programs. Graduates from Wind Energy and Turbine Technology had to come in after hours to take their final exam because they were already working. Sarah Kimble, graduating from the Computer Aided-Drafting and Design program, was hired on the spot when NCG interviewed students at the Sweetwater campus last fall. The stories of students already working kept flowing for pipe welding, applied engineering and computer networking graduates. The theme was so evident that Interim President Kyle Smith took a minute to explain why this was happening to family and friends in the audience. “In TSTC’s new Value-Added Funding Model, there is even more emphasis placed on ensuring that our students obtain employment,” said Smith. “In other words, the assistance we provide our students goes far beyond their walking across the stage at graduation.”
Kyle Fuege, in the Wind Energy and Turbine Technology is now working at Global Energy Services. Fuege took top honors, the President’s Award as well as a Leadership and Outstanding graduate award. TSTC Instructor Heath Ince introduced Fuege, “I have personally seen Kyle stop what he was doing in order to help a classmate that was struggling in class. Kyle showed true signs of leadership.”
Fuege graduated as a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa due to his outstanding GPA and served as Treasurer for the Winds of Texas Club.
Awards were as follows:
PRESIDENT’S AWARD
Kyle Fuege, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
STUDENT SPEAKER
Alex Dishon, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARD
Cindy Martinez, Software and Business Management -Accounting
OUTSTANDING GRADUATE
Kyle Fuege, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Juan Zuniga, Pipe Welding Technology
Cameron Fox, Downhole Tool Technology/Oil and Gas
STUDENT AWARD WINNERS
Alex Dishon, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Elizabeth Reyes, Software and Business Management - Publishing
Richard Lujan, Diesel Technology
Thomas Coon, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Kyle Fuege, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Jorge Garcia, Diesel Technology
Rogelio Lopez, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Alex Fitchett, Autobody Collision Repair
Bobbie Guzman, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Havaier Vargas, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Sarah Kimble, Computer Aided-Drafting and Design
Daniel Chacon, Computer Networking Systems
Erlinda Stark, Health Information Technology
Heather Rochelle Monroe, Software and Business Management-Accounting
Leslie Evans, Software and Business Management -Accounting
Sandra Ortega, Software and Business Management -Publishing
Mitchell Washburn, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Raymond Munoz, Pipe Welding Technology
Edwin Chavez, Applied Engineering Technology/Robotics
Misty Guelker, Vocational Nursing
Ross Weiner, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Joe Gonzales, Downhole Tool Technology/Oil and Gas
Sarah Kimble, Computer Aided Drafting and Design
Donald Arp, Applied Engineering Technology/Robotics
Mitchell Washburn, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology
Gene Townsend, Pipe Welding Technology
Stephanie Robles, Associate Degree Nursing
Heather Monroe, Software and Business Management -Accounting
Mayme Brown, Software and Business Management -Accounting
Deliah Putnam, Software and Business Management –Accounting

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