TSTC Sweetwater students honored

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 AWARDKyle Fuege, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology STUDENT SPEAKER Alex Dishon, Wind Energy Technology and Turbine Technology MAKE A DIFFERENCE AWARDCindy 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 WINNERSAlex 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