TSTC Student Prepares for ‘Safe’ Career Upon Graduation

(WACO, Texas) – Nathan Craig of Hamilton found his footing on Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus, following the path of a few family members. 

Coming from a family of first responders, Craig, 21, has a strong interest in the emergency services field. When he came to TSTC, he was unsure of what route to take. But he found his niche in the Environmental Technology program, which focuses on workplace safety and compliance. 

“The biggest thing that draws me to it is that it does kind of intertwine with the emergency field,” Craig said.

Craig is a candidate for graduation at TSTC’s Fall 2019 Commencement on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Waco Convention Center. He will graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Environmental Technology – Compliance. 

Craig said his plan following graduation is to weigh his current job prospects. His goal is to pursue a bachelor’s degree. 

TSTC’s statewide Environmental department chair Lester Bowers said Craig’s work ethic is only one of his many assets.

“He has proven himself to be a gentle and selfless individual when it comes to matters of social justice and is an expert in efficiently managing his time so he can be a part of all of these various communities,” Bowers said. 

Occupational Safety instructor Kimberly Williams said Craig has been in her class multiple times and is a consistently dependable and punctual student. 

“You can just put him on autopilot and give him instructions, and he is going to do a good job,” Williams said. “You don’t have to stay on him.” 

Craig’s interests go beyond environmental safety, including aviation and culinary arts. However, He said that he was drawn to the safety aspect of his degree. 

“It is important, the fact that you are in a situation where you are in control of keeping people safe,” Craig said. 

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