(RED OAK) – The first cohort of workers from Gerdau’s Midlothian Steel Mill will walk the stage at Texas State Technical College’s first Commencement on Monday, Aug. 20, in Waxahachie.
The company began sending employees to further their training at the campus in 2015. The eight students who will walk the stage Monday worked full-time while attending TSTC to earn their associate degrees in Industrial Maintenance.
TSTC Provost Marcus Balch said the college is looking forward to celebrating the occasion.
“We are very excited to not only be able to host our first ever Commencement ceremony here in North Texas, but also to have the opportunity to celebrate the first cohort of Gerdau employees graduating with the AAS in Industrial Maintenance,” he said.
Ryan Hube, Gerdau Midlothian Human Resources Manager, said the employees are already benefiting from their training.
“Many of them have already accepted maintenance apprenticeship positions throughout the mill,” he said. “With continued hands-on training they will hopefully have long careers as industrial millwrights or electricians here at Gerdau.”
Balch said he is proud to see area companies investing in their employees.
“What a tremendous accomplishment, and, what a great company Gerdau is to invest in their employees and provide opportunities for these employees to grow within their organization,” he said. “We at TSTC couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this partnership.”
Sixty students are eligible to graduate from eight of the college’s 10 programs in Red Oak.
The Summer 2018 commencement will be at 6 p.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center.
TSTC Chancellor Mike Reeser will be the featured speaker at the event.
TSTC is registering now for the fall semester. The last day to register is Monday, Aug. 20, and classes begin Monday, Aug. 27.
For more information on TSTC, visit tstc.edu.