Three of the five recent graduates from the Safety Training, Process Technology program didn’t have to worry about hunting for a job — the jobs came to them.
David Falcon, Edward Vega and Rodolfo “Rudy” L. Amador, who graduated Jan. 28 at West Campus, immediately signed contracts to work with Gravity Midstream LLC.
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President Mark Escamilla (from left) and Leonard Rivera, interim dean, listen as Consuelo “Connie” Martinez speaks to the graduates’ friends and family about how she feels prepared entering into the workforce despite her reluctance to enter STEM as a woman.
“I am thrilled to present the first graduating class,” said Leonard Rivera, interim dean of Continuing Education and Off Campus Programs. “It is great to have Gravity partner with us.”
Gravity focuses on petroleum production, refining, and distribution complex with supply, infrastructure, and logistics solutions. The Corpus Christi location sits on 44-acres equipped with a 800,000 barrel storage capacity.
Falcon, a Navy veteran, said he previously worked in the oil eld for 25 years.
“My back was against a wall when the oil field declined, so I had to find a program for the biggest bang for buck. What I learned in the program will provide me the tools I need to apply for a job,” Falcon said.
Among the graduates was Consuelo “Connie” Martinez, who spoke on behalf of the graduating class about the program’s success.
“I wanted to do something that would bene t the community, but I had a lot of questions,” Martinez said. “My main question was whether a woman would succeed in the industry. In both implicit and explicit ways I was discouraged to go into STEM, but because of the instructors my knowledge will translate into the real world.”
Edward Vega, process technology graduate, signs with Gravity Main- stream LLC minutes after receiving his course completion certificate.
“We want to leave the doors open behind us for others to graduate from this program,” Martinez added.
The next session for the DMC Continuing Education’s 18-week Process Technology Program will begin Feb. 22. The program costs $3,000, in which students will navigate through three modules discussing aspects of the oil and gas industry.
For more information about the program call 361-698-1725 or visit Room 139 in the Emerging Technology Building on West Campus.
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