(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Succeeding in a predominantly male field is nothing new for Marisela Ferrer. After taking welding courses in high school, the Beasley native wanted to further her skills in another surprising industry, and she chose to attend Texas State Technical College to receive a certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology. The 20-year-old is ready to get to work and has proven that she is not afraid to get her hands dirty.
Why did you decide to pursue Diesel Equipment Technology?
I took welding courses in high school. Welding is a male-dominated field, and it showed me the perspective of entering a male workplace. While I enjoyed the work, I enjoyed proving people wrong more. I then decided to prove a point by getting my degree.
Do you have any favorite TSTC memories?
My favorite memory is when I was a part-time worker. We had on-campus events, and the other programs got to interact with one another. We had a water dunk tank and snow cones. The staff and I participated in the dunk tank.
How has TSTC helped prepare you for your career?
They helped me by showing me what day-to-day scenarios would be like in a real-life situation. I was given a lot of insight on jobs and what to be aware of.
Did you face any challenges on your journey to graduation?
The most challenging thing that happened on the road to graduation was becoming a mother and having to balance new parenthood while having schoolwork.
What has been your greatest sense of accomplishment to date?
Despite all the hardships and setbacks of working full time and being a parent, I managed to get my certificate before age 21.
What words of advice would you give to others who are about to start their journey at TSTC?
Take the experience seriously, and attendance is key. While the campus is fun and offers a lot to do, don’t get too distracted.
To learn more about TSTC, visit tstc.edu.