TSTC Graduate Gets New Lease on Career

(WACO, Texas) -Luke Tennyson’s professional goal is to teach and help others so they can do their jobs better.

Tennyson is a manager of operations in Grapevine and Keller for WorkSuites, a commercial real estate business that rents and subleases office space. He is responsible for 180 offices the company manages in the two cities. Some of his responsibilities include creating preventive maintenance schedules and making sure projects are completed on time. 

Tennyson earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Facilities Maintenance and Management and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Maintenance in summer 2019 from Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus. Those degrees were merged in fall 2019 into the Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Systems.

Tennyson began work last August shortly after graduating.

“I had not even graduated and applied for this job,” he said. They told me to come in, and I wore a suit. “When they initially gave it to me, I didn’t think I got it because I thought I needed more experience. TSTC definitely prepared me. I would not have gotten the job without it.”

Tennyson grew up in Fort Worth and is a graduate of Arlington Heights High School.

“When I got out of high school, I didn’t really want to go to college,” he said. “I wanted to work and make money.”

Tennyson worked at a golf course on a grounds crew and in maintenance at an apartment complex before attending TSTC.

“When I got to TSTC, I was already kind of experienced, so TSTC prepared me even more to take it to the next level,” he said.

Tennyson said his favorite classes dealt with management, and safety and building codes.

“I did learn so much hands-on,” he said. “We did a lot with pumps, hydraulics and pneumatics. Those classes for me were really good because it taught me something I really did not know.”

Michael Hubbard, one of Tennyson’s instructors, admired his inquisitiveness and work ethic.

“He always wanted to make sure he fully understood the topic,” Hubbard said. “He has a positive attitude. He was genuinely interested, engaged and focused.”

For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.