Fort Hood veterans visit Texas State Technical College
WACO, TX – Twenty soldiers from Fort Hood marched onto the grounds of Texas State Technical College for a campus tour on Thursday.
The visit showed a path that soldiers in the Army Salvage Care Program Soldier Recovery Unit could take to return to civilian life with education, skills and many employment opportunities.
The soldiers were divided into groups that matched their similar interests, three groups explored the automotive technology, avionics technology, and building construction technology programs.
SRU soldiers heard about the College’s Money Back Guarantee, which reimburses tuition fees to graduates if they do not have a job in their field within six months of graduation. The programs included in this initiative include diesel equipment technology, power supply and controls, instrumentation technology, welding technology and power lineman technology.
“When you leave here, I want you to go to work,” said David Murphy, TSTC Precision Machining Technology instructor. “We don’t get paid until you find a job. “
A Soldier, Sgt. Larinso Morgan, said this visit provided an excellent introduction to the Building Construction Technology program and other technical areas in which he has new interest.
Morgan has been recovering at Fort Hood for two months from injuries sustained while deployed to Iraq. He grew up working alongside his father as a carpenter and additionally gained experience as a horizontal construction engineer in the military.
The SRU has visited the Texas State Technical College campus three times since last fall, even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information on Texas State Technical College, visit tstc.edu.