How Others Turned Their Passions into Success

Western Technical College isn’t just about learning, it’s about finding a way to turn your passion into career success. To help prepare you for your chosen career, we invite employers from around the region and around the country to recruit on campus, sit on our Program Advisory Committees, participate in mock interviews, and offer internships. Massage Envy in El Paso claims that the majority of their staff are Western Technical College graduates. 

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Graduate Success Story - Chance Black

Life Obstacles Overcome Through Education & Perseverance

Chance Black is a very hard working person and although his life has not been easy, nothing has stopped him from fulfilling his dreams. Before deciding to go to Western Tech and becoming a success, he was working in a job that was very low in pay. His wife was also working in a part-time job, but they were behind several car payments and had no place to live.  “We stopped paying all of ...

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HVAC Graduate Success Story in El Paso

Willie Alvarez is a climber.  He is meteorically scaling the ladder of success in his relatively new career field.  It has been an upwardly mobile journey that began with a single key step.  Alvarez enrolled in and graduated from the HVAC Technician Training Program at Western Technical College in El Paso. 

Currently employed by the El Paso-based hospitality development, management and design firm Esperanto Developments, Alvarez earned entry-level employment upon graduation at a hospital at which he previously served as ...

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Graduate Success: Wilfredo Andino Jr.

Wilfredo Andino Jr. says that he has learned to appreciate the most challenging & difficult moments experienced in the Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program because Western Tech has helped him to accomplish his goals and realize that he has the potential to achieve greater feats. Andino, the perfect picture of success, completed the PTA program at Western Tech and is now a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant (LPTA) He says, “Western Tech helped prepare me to work in a variety of settings ...

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Graduate Success: Fidel Gonzalez

Western Technical College is honored to share the success story of Diesel Technology graduate, Fidel Gonzalez. Gonzalez completed the diesel program at Western Tech, in January of 2011, and he went on to open his own business, Roadrunner Diesel and Transportation, the same year in September. He describes his business, its services, and their motto: "It is a diesel and automotive based service. We handle all service from tires to repairs on everything from cars to tractors.  We also do ...

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Western Tech Graduate Gets State of Texas Recognition

Western Technical College (WTC) can proudly claim the Student of the Year for the State of Texas as named by the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) for 2010.  Adam Arce graduated from the Electronics Engineering Technology Program in June of 2009, and he is currently working for the Federal Bureau of Investigations.  Helen Garcia, Career Services Director, took notice of Arce’s work ethic and spirit to persevere despite obstacles while he was in school, and she nominated ...

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Diesel Technology Grad Wins Award of Distinction

Nina Gaston, a Diesel Technology Graduate of Western Technical College will be announced as the 3rd Annual Career Colleges and Schools for Texas Awards of Distinction winner at the Annual Conference, “Together We Can...” at the Westin Galleria Dallas, October 10-12, 2012.  Gaston was nominated by Helen Garcia, Career Services Director at Western Technical College. Garcia says, “It’s a personal honor and certainly a feather in the college’s cap.  I work very hard with students, and so do ...

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Internship to Ultimate Driving Machines

As part of the Automotive Fundamentals and Performance Tuner program at Western Technical College, Wytfar Harrigan landed an internship with BMW. “When he got here, the way he carried himself sold me on his future here with us,” says Willie Estrada, BMW Service Manager. “He knew that needed to keep learning, and he was willing to do that.” 

Wytfar is currently a Technician in Training at BMW. “He started as an apprentice and he jumped in with both feet,” explains ...

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From Grad to General Manager

In 1999, Jeff Booth was a new graduate of the Microcomputer Technology Program at Western Technical College. Today he is the General Manager for Glacier Technical Solutions in El Paso, where he is responsible for all business activity of the office. “Western Technical provided a solid foundation, through the training and certifications, to excel in a very competitive environment,” he says. “The training and tools, along with hard work, provided opportunities.” Now Jeff hires Western Technical College graduates. “It provides ...

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Career Traction with Transmissions | Service Manager Rene Talamantes through Internship

Ricardo (Rick) Rodriguez took full advantage of his internship at South Plains Implements, during his Diesel Technology program at Western Technical College. As Service Manager Rene Talamantes says, “During his internship, we knew we wanted to hire him by the third day. We didn’t have an opening to hire him, but we created a position so we could.”

“Western Tech prepared me for the workforce through hands-on training and all the operational theory,” says Rick. He claims that the ...

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Best Investment

“After three months on the job my boss told me I am the best investment they’ve made in the U.S.,” says Jonathan Wilder, a 2007 graduate of Western Technical College’s Electronic Engineering Technology program. “I told him he could thank Western Tech for that.” Jonathan works today for On Site Safety, Inc., where he repairs, maintains, and diagnoses all of the electronic equipment for his company and its customers. On Site Safety provides fire safety and protection ...

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Building on Western Technical College Grads

“If I wasn’t confident in Western Technical College and their graduates, I wouldn’t be opening a third location,” says Massage Envy owner Rod Reyes. “Western Tech is the first place we look when we are hiring because the massage program is 900 hours, and we know these students are coming to us with both knowledge and experience.”

“At least 60 percent of our staff is comprised of Western Tech graduates,” adds Clinic Administrator Amanda Escamilla. Western Technical College ...

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Family Ties | Graduate Brother in Electronics Glacier Technologies

Three Green brothers have graduated from Western Technical College with degrees in Electronics Engineering Technology. As the youngest, Kyle Green says, “My brothers’ success persuaded me to attend classes at Western Technical College. The hands-on activities and classroom training put me in a position to be successful.” Kyle is now an Electronic Technician at Glacier Technologies.

His middle brother, Tarryl, says, “Western Technical College provided all the proper training for my current position. Without the training I received at WTC ...

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