Rabei Sharfeddin - Welding

Hometown: Tripoli, Libya

Program of study: Welding

Why did you decide to study in Tacoma, Washington?          

My company chose to send me here for training.

Why did you choose to enroll in Bates Technical College?          

Because I could get the American Welding Society Certification.

What do you like best about Bates Technical College? About your program?        

They were very helpful and and they answer all my questions.

The instructors are very professional and they answer all my questions and are very, very helpful. I mean it!

What is the most interesting thing that you've learned so far in your program?          

Developing my skills with string beads which I had no idea about before. Also, I developed my skills in general. There are so many new and different kinds of welding that I learned about, for example, stick, tig and mig welding.

What do you miss most about your home country?          

I miss my family and friends and I miss my job.

How will your education here at Bates help you in your home country?        

Being certified on specific kinds of welding will help me be better at my job. I also can have an opportunity to be promoted.

What do you do when you're not studying?        

I relax with my wife and children. For example, playing video games with my kids, going outside and playing soccer with them, watching cartoons with them, etc.

What would you say, or what advice would you give to another international student thinking of studying in Tacoma, Washington?

It's a very good idea to study at Bates, especially in the Welding department. Tacoma is a very good city and it's very inexpensive compared to other cities.

April 18, 2014