Sweetwater native to speak at TSTC graduation tonight

Abilene — 169 students will graduate from Texas State Technical College West Texas on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. Among the graduates is the first class of Downhole Tool Technicians, 16 in all. Dustin K. Baker is graduating from the Downhole Tool program and he will represent the Sweetwater Campus as the graduation speaker during Thursday’s ceremony. Baker and his fellow classmates are being snapped up by local oil and gas companies. The one-semester program began in August and was developed with input from oil and gas industry representatives and safety experts. These graduates have top-notch training in refurbishing downhole tools and the ability to make an immediate impact in the shop for their employers.The Wind Energy and Turbine Technology program and the Diesel program continue their streak of 100% placement. All eight wind graduates are already working or are entertaining offers with area companies. Of the 15 Diesel Technology graduates, 14 are already working or entertaining offers and one will be returning to TSTC in the spring to pursue a welding degree.Three graduates have earned multiple degrees. Juan Gomez Jr. earned an AAS degree in Construction Management Technology and Air Conditioning Technology at TSTC Breckenridge. At TSTC Abilene, two Aviation Maintenance graduates, June E. Collins and Stuart F. Vaul earned an Airframe AAS degree as well as a Powerplant AAS degree. And Aviation Maintenance graduate, Leo Soto, is graduating with a certificate in both Airframe and Powerplant.