(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Like many people, Wesley Kite did not let a work layoff stand in his way.
Kite enrolled in Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program this fall to increase his “workmanship.” The Brownwood native has stayed in touch with his former employer, saying his prospects of being rehired after completing the program are “looking good.”
“I was originally a machinist, but with COVID, I was laid off,” he said. “I always wanted to do some welding. I am working toward improving my workmanship for possible jobs.”
He has continued to talk to his former employer, specifically to tell them he is in school broadening his resume.
“They like that I am in school right now,” he said, adding he was let go because production slowed at his former company.
Kite said he enrolled in TSTC 10 years ago, studying Mechatronics Technology. Even though he did not finish the program, he knew the college had a respected welding program that provided hands-on learning.
“The hands-on approach is great. I learn better by doing things,” he said of the three days students are able to spend socially distanced in the lab.
He credits new instructor Daniel Aguirre with helping him and other students learn proper welding techniques.
“He will sit right there and tell you how you are doing things wrong,” Kite said. “He is good about letting you know how to do things.”
Kite said he is working on obtaining a certificate in the program, but is leaving his options open.
“I may look to come back and finish the associate program,” he said. “I know TSTC offers a good education, and it is here in my hometown.”
With experience in machinery, Kite said welding could become a new career opportunity.
“This is something I like to do. I can see myself doing this for a long time,” he said.
He recommends that people look at the different programs offered by TSTC.
“This is a really good college and offers a lot of options for people,” he said. “I like it so much I keep coming back.”
For more information about TSTC, visit tstc.edu.