(ABILENE, Texas) – Chris Medina knew welding would be a good trade to learn.
Instead of following his parents in joining the U.S. Air Force, Medina decided to enroll in Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program.
“I took some welding classes in high school and enjoyed it,” said Medina, a graduate of Jim Ned High School in Tuscola. “I still like it now after finishing my first semester.”
He became interested in TSTC’s program after a friend told him how it prepares people for the workforce.
“After I looked at it, I knew it was for me,” he said. “I was impressed that everyone is able to get together and talk about things.”
Medina said the best part of the program is working in the welding bays on a daily basis. Welding students are allowed on campus to complete lab sessions but have to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.
“The lectures are good, but when it comes to learning, working in the lab is the best way for me to learn,” he said.
Welding has taught Medina to be patient, something he needs in the bay.
“It takes a lot of patience to weld. I have learned to make sure to get my welding projects done correctly because that is what I will have to do when I get a job,” he said.
Medina also said the varying ages of his classmates is a positive aspect he appreciates.
“It is refreshing talking to some of the guys older than me,” he said. “They offer a lot of tips that can help you when you start a career.”
When Medina is not in the lab, he knows that lectures and online assignments must be completed.
“The instructors are always willing to help you, either if it is in person or online,” he said. “I think having the hybrid style of class is really nice. It is a good way for all of us to stay safe.”
Medina knows that when he completes his work, he is one day closer to his welding goal.
“I want to be the best welder I can possibly be,” Medina said.
For more information about TSTC, visit tstc.edu.