Abilene Welding Technology

(ABILENE, Texas) – Mother Nature delayed the beginning of Texas State Technical College’s in-person spring semester classes this week.

With more than seven inches of snow recorded in West Texas, the college’s administration closed the campus on Monday to keep faculty, staff and students from driving on hazardous roads. TSTC’s online and remote learning began Monday as scheduled.

When students arrived on Tuesday for in-person classes, they completed orientation of what to expect and the proper coronavirus safety procedures that are in place.

Everyone on campus must follow the same protocol to protect themselves and others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes wearing a face covering at all times, maintaining a social distance of six feet, washing hands frequently, using hand sanitizer regularly, and following directional signs in buildings.

Welding Technology student Bryan Mendez, of Sweetwater, said he is glad to be back on campus.

“I like to be around people, and I was ready to further my education,” said the second-semester student. “I could not wait to continue learning.”

Automotive Technology student Brady Kennemur, of Big Spring, was ready for orientation to end this week.

“I could not wait to get back into the shop and get to work,” he said. “There is nothing better than getting your hands on an engine.”

Wind Energy Technology student Curtis Kelley, of Austin, also was ready to get back to work. He is beginning his final semester of the program.

“I have enjoyed every aspect of this program. I am glad to be back in the lab and looking forward to the final semester,” he said.

TSTC’s spring semester is scheduled to run through April 23.

For more information on TSTC, visit tstc.edu.


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