(HARLINGEN, Texas) – For nine years, Jorge Cabrera has been bringing his vast experience and knowledge of heating, ventilation and air conditioning to the classrooms of Texas State Technical College.
The military veteran graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in HVAC Technology from TSTC in 2007 before serving in the U.S. Marines for 10 years. He enjoyed every aspect of working as an HVAC technician, and now he enjoys teaching TSTC students the skills they need to be the best technicians in this growing career.
What do you enjoy most about your position as an instructor?
I have to say that I like when I walk into a place, and someone comes up to me to say hi. I might not recognize that person right away, but then he or she says that they were my student. And they thank me because they enjoy working in air conditioning and mention that what I taught them has really helped them out.
What do you think makes the HVAC program at TSTC unique?
In my opinion, here at TSTC we push our students to be academically successful, and we are always there for our students. We try to point them in the right direction if they are ever in need of assistance, and we are always willing to work with them one-on-one.
What is the job outlook for HVAC students?
Most of them find employment within the first three months after they graduate, especially during the summer. TSTC’s Career Services also helps with job placement. Also, if an employer reaches out to us, we definitely let our students know about who is hiring right away.
Why do you think HVAC is an important career?
From food preservation to keeping people comfortable, there are many paths you can take in our field. You will find technicians in hospitals, schools and stores. Additionally, we also contribute to keeping our planet clean if we use the correct processes to install and maintain air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.
Do you have a favorite TSTC memory?
I definitely have a few. I look back positively on when I received my degree from TSTC, as well as every commencement ceremony I have attended. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to change some students’ lives.
February is Career and Technical Education Month. To learn more about the programs offered at TSTC, go to tstc.edu.
Prior to serving as a U.S. Marine for 10 years, Jorge Cabrera was an HVAC technician. Now he is bringing his experience to the classroom at TSTC. (Photo courtesy of Jorge Cabrera.)