Ruben and Kelvin stand next to each other, in a black and red shirt respectively. Kelvin holds gifts given to him.

(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College honored military veteran students and staff at TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus with an event hosted on Wednesday, November 8. The event included gifts for attending veterans, as well as grilled burgers and hot dogs for all participating students, staff and visitors.

While this was the second year that a grilling event was held on the campus in honor of Veterans Day, it was the first time that gifts were given to veterans as well. Ruben Seibert, a Veterans Affairs school certifying specialist at TSTC, wanted to do something extra for those who served.

“It’s a lot more meaningful when you have in-person conversations and can show how much they (veterans) mean to you,” Seibert said. “This is the first year they’ve had someone in my position, and I wanted to do something more tangible for them.”

One of the veterans who was honored was Kelvin Green, a second-semester student in the Cybersecurity program. Green served in the Navy from 2000 to 2004.

“Coming out of high school, I didn’t really have any direction I wanted to go,” Green said. “I remember talking with my uncle who encouraged me to go into the military.”

While in the Navy, Green worked on identifying radars and radar signals from foreign ships and vehicles. It sparked an interest in working in information technology, which was one of the reasons why he chose to attend TSTC and enter the Cybersecurity program.

Green now tries to help others who may be in a situation similar to the one that he was in coming out of high school.

“I tell kids interested in the military to explore their options,” Green said. “Talk to the recruiters, ask questions, and be sure to look for what you want to do.”

Green is not the only veteran at TSTC who tries to help his community. LeVar Scott, a first-semester student in the Diesel Equipment Technology program, spends time visiting with kids from ROTC as well as the military school that he once attended.

“I try to give them advice and serve the community in that way,” Scott said. “It is different from how I served in the military, but I still help out where I can.”

Scott served in the Army from 1998 to 2018. He now looks to get his Heavy Truck certificate of completion from TSTC.

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