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Machining Technology Student Wins Scholarship

by amcfayden on March 3, 2011

Terry Smith, Department Chair of Manufacturing, congratulates scholarship award winner, Doug Tate.

Terry Smith, Department Chair of Manufacturing, congratulates scholarship award winner, Doug Tate.

Machining Technology student, Doug Tate, has been awarded two scholarships totaling $1000 to apply to the Spring 2011 semester.

You may recognize him as a familiar face. Doug was featured in many of the WATC ad campaigns and appears on the website as a student representing the Manufacturing programs.

Doug began going to school at WATC in January 2009 in the Machining Technology program. Early on, he set himself apart as a skilled machinist. His first semester he competed in the Skills USA Precision Machining contest and won first place in the state.

Skills USA is a national organization serving more than 280,000 high school and college students and professional members who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations, including health occupations.

After winning first in the state competition, Doug went on to compete in Skills USA Nationals and finished 20th overall.  The following year, Doug competed in the Skills USA Automated Manufacturing contest and again placed first in state, going on to finish 12th in the national competition.  He plans on competing in the Automated Manufacturing contest again this year.

While completing his program, Doug has also been working full-time 2nd shift as a Machinist for Cox Machine.

“It was rough. I’d get off of work at 4 am and be at class at 8.”

But despite the long hours and lack of sleep, Doug completed his Technical Certificate in May 2010 and is wrapping up his Associate of Applied Sciences in Machining Technology this upcoming May 2012.  His future goals include going to Wichita State University to get a Bachelor’s degree.

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