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Goodwill, Western Tech Partner to Support Hurricane Harvey Victims

As the City of Houston and Southeastern Texas continues to battle one of the worst storms to hit the state in decades, Goodwill Industries of El Paso, in conjunction with Western Technical College, is transporting donations of clothes, shoes, and linens to aid in relief efforts.

“We are very appreciative of the El Paso and Las Cruces communities that donate to us regularly to help us fulfill our mission to provide training, skills and services for people with barriers to employment,” says Melinda Jordan, CEO of Goodwill, El Paso,  “However, there comes a time when these donations need to be used to help those that have lost everything as a result of this historic storm.”

“We are also thankful to Western Technical College for transporting the donations to Houston showing how caring and compassionate our cities are — cities we are proud to be a part of,” Jordan added.

Goodwill Industries of El Paso, Inc. serves Far West Texas and Southern New Mexico, and Western Technical College – Founded in 1970 – has been a family-owned and operated nationally accredited institution of higher education for four generations in El Paso.

WHO:                   Goodwill Industries of El Paso and Western Technical College

WHAT:                 Hurricane Harvey Relief Donation

WHEN:                 Friday September 1st, 2017

Western Tech Announces Massage Program Director

Western Technical College has announced  Pablo Vargas (LMT, MTI, and Licensed Massage Therapist/ Instructor) as the new Director of the Massage Therapy Program.

“Mr. Vargas’s extensive understanding of how the body works and his teaching background makes him the best educator for running the Massage Therapy Program,” said Brad Kuykendall, Chief Executive Officer of Western Tech.  “We look forward to broadening the program and gaining more exposure in the field.”

Vargas is a graduate from the Massage Therapy Program at Western Tech and has been providing massage therapy services since 2002, working in both El Paso and Austin.  He earned his B.S in Kinesiology from New Mexico State University (NMSU) in 2009 and was offered an instructor position at Western Tech.

Vargas’s therapy and instruction have helped people relieve the pain of body discomfort from stress and injuries.  He is also fully trained in various modalities in massage therapy including Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, and hot stone.

For more information, visit Western Tech or call (915) 532-3737

Western Technical College Wins Innovation Award

Western Technical College has received The Hub of Human Innovation’s award for Innovation in Technical Training and Education.

Western Tech’s leadership team was present to receive the award, which was handed out during the 2017 El Paso Innovation Awards event.

“We attribute the success of over 20,000 graduates to the commitment we made to advanced technical training over 40 years ago,” said Brad Kuykendall, Chief Executive Officer of Western Tech. “Our students know more than how to fix things. They are prepared for careers in the real world in a wide variety of vocations.”

Western Technical College, founded here in El Paso in 1970, is a family-owned and operated, nationally accredited institution of higher education.

The Hub is a technology incubator that nurtures the development of small businesses, helping them survive and grow during the start-up period when they are most vulnerable.

Western Technical College Seeds $30k to Start Scholarship Fund

Western Technical College announced that it has partnered with the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation to establish the Western Tech Scholarship Fund for training and education for current and prospective students in the El Paso region.

Western Tech made an initial gift of $30,000 to start the fund which will be used to leverage additional funding through contribution and grant support.

“This is something Western Tech has been eager to do for a long time.  Teaming up with the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation enables businesses and employers to assist our students based on merit and need,” said Brad Kuykendall, Chief Executive Officer of Western Tech.

“We are pleased to be able to help Western Tech lay a foundation for their 501c3 organization.  This is a win for their students, the college, and the business community that benefits greatly from a skilled workforce with graduates like those from Western Tech,” said Anna Alemán, Executive Director of the Paso del Norte Charitable Foundation.  “This opens a huge door of opportunity for everyone involved.”

Applicants must be in the enrollment process at Western Tech or a current student.  They must also have a high school diploma or a GED (which can be earned through the Western Tech program).

For more information about the Western Tech Scholarship Fund, interested students can call (915) 532-3737.

Local ‘Cyber Defense Team’ from Western Tech Advances to Regional Competition

For the second year in a row, the local Cyber Defense Team, WTSECOPS, which stands for Western Tech Security Operations, has advanced through the qualification round and will be attending the Southwest Regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The eight-member team is mentored by Western Tech instructors Robert Madrid and Richard Perez.  ISS (Information Systems and Security) students Larry Eck, Adam Metz, and Jose Portillo and Ace Gomez, an Electronic Engineering Technology (EET) student, are new team members.

Competing for Western Tech for the second time are Juan Rodriguez and Emmanuel Soto, as well as Western Tech alumnae Nicholas Horton and Steven Rodriguez.

“It says a lot about our curriculum at Western Tech when our team ranks with those from some of the largest schools in our region.  These students and their instructors have worked endless hours both in class and on weekends to prepare for competition,” said Ken Pivarnick, Director of Western Tech’s ISS Program.  “We wish them the best of luck in Tulsa.”

The winner of the Southwest Regional will move on to compete at the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition.

The Southwest Region covers Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.  Twenty teams competed this year in two qualifying rounds.

Eight teams will be moving on to the Southwest Regional competition to be held March 17-19 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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