On March 8, 2022, Tropicana Properties announced their partnership with Western Technical College (WTC) to offer a full-tuition scholarship to two (2) residents that reside in their properties. Interested residents were required to apply and submit an essay.
As an apartment management company, Tropicana knows firsthand the importance of having skilled individuals that can maintain, troubleshoot, and repair the units on their properties. The decision to partner with Western Technical College was made because of the programs that are offered and the shortage of technicians in the industry. “Tropicana Properties is proud to be locally owned and fully operated here in El Paso,” says Bobby Bowling IV, Owner of Tropicana Properties. “We hope by setting this example, others will be motivated to consider similar investments in education to benefit El Paso,” Bowling mentioned.
Brad Kuykendall, CEO of Western Technical College commented, “We are honored and excited to partner with Tropicana Properties and fully appreciate and commend them for the support they are showing to their residents and the difference they are trying to make by impacting and educating our El Paso community”. “We encourage other organizations in the El Paso community to offer financial assistance to individuals looking to better their future and keep skilled talent in our Sun City”.
Joseph Meza is the first recipient to receive the full scholarship. Mr. Meza expressed in his essay that the Refrigeration and HVAC industry was a career he always wanted to pursue since high school. He took the first steps a few years ago and started looking into enrolling. However, he was faced with several obstacles that forced his goals to be put on hold. In addition to his family’s financial struggles, he also has a medical condition. With the world facing a pandemic, he was hesitant and leery about going to school while Covid-19 cases were at their peak.
Now with the financial assistance and fewer cases, Joseph is now ready to start his education. Joseph has been selected to attend WTC and enroll in the HVAC program. “Thank you so much for this scholarship. I’ve been working with an HVAC company, and I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to continue learning and receiving the appropriate training to further my career,” commented Meza.
Mr. Bowling stated, “Our community is rich in talent including Mr. Meza, who has shown exceptional potential and through this scholarship, we know we are investing not only in him but also in the future of our city”.
Join us in this celebratory award ceremony where Joseph will be receiving a check from Tropicana Properties for the full tuition and signing his enrollment agreement to start his education at WTC. The festivities will take place at 1:30 pm on May 12, 2022, at 2505 Missouri Street.
About Tropicana Properties Since 2001, Tropicana Properties has become one of the largest and most successful apartment development/ownership/management family of companies in the country. With 37 properties in the El Paso community and two more under construction, Tropicana Properties’ mission is to place current residents on the path of homeownership as demonstrated by their motto, “Let Tropicana Properties put you in a Tropicana Home.”
About Western Technical College Founded in 1970, Western Technical College has been a family-owned and operated nationally accredited institution of higher education for four generations in El Paso, Texas. Western Tech is committed to supporting its students from the time of enrollment, throughout the program of study and through graduation and employment. Western Tech’s mission is to provide quality training and education in a caring, professional environment that prepares new students and working adults with the skills they need to succeed and advance in their chosen careers.