(FORT BEND) – Colton Boaz, 18, from Needville is a student at Texas State Technical College studying Precision Machining Technology. Currently he has a 3.7 grade point average. Boaz expects to graduate with his associate degree in Fall 2016 and then pursue a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I want to use the skills I have gained here at TSTC and become a CNC Machinist for an oil company. I have my eye set on working for National Oilwell Varco.
What’s your dream job?
Someday I would love to own my own machine shop and work with oilfield companies creating and repairing parts.
What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?
My greatest accomplishment has been making good grades. Everything I’m learning is new to me and I feel I am successfully pursuing my passion.
What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?
I have learned that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to with hard work and determination. I have learned that all my sacrifice will be worth it in the end.
Name a TSTC person who most influenced your success?
Mr. Michael Barnes has been my biggest influence. He has done some great things for our program. Every time we need help or we are struggling he is by our side, always willing to help. He always has past students visiting him, that says a lot. Mr. Barnes is also helpful when it comes to helping us find jobs because of the contacts he has made throughout the year.
What is your advice for future TSTC students?
It is important students remember that behind every success story, there has been great sacrifice.