Robert Bechlem: Pipefitting student invests in his future at BC

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Robert Bechlem realizes the benefits of an education, and he’s taking full advantage of it.

A resident of Surfside Beach, Robert enrolled at Brazosport College with the hopes of working toward a career that would allow him to make more money. Now, a few years later, he’s reaping the rewards of his decision.

Choosing the school’s pipefitting program, Robert, 51, has already earned his basic pipefitting certification and is only one class from completing his advanced certificate. He’s also working toward his associate degree in industrial pipefitting.

“The pipefitting program here at Brazosport College has helped me prepare for my NCCER certification, which allowed me to double my pay,” Robert said. “I’m planning to eventually get my degree, which will carry even more clout.”

Robert attributes much of his success to the school’s faculty.

“The teachers here go out of their way to help you learn,” Robert said. “There are people in the field with more experience than me, but when it comes to knowledge, I have just as much as many of them.

“Brazosport College has changed my life,” he added. “It’s enriched it so much. Once I finish my pipefitting degree, I plan to pursue a degree in drafting. This is the best investment I’ve ever made in my life.”

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