“I spent one year at Kilgore Junior College after high school, but I wasn’t very interested in college then and didn't do well. Then I became a machinist, but I was looking for a change, and I went to a job fair in Tyler where Texas Instruments was hiring.
“I decided that switching to the semiconductor industry was something I’d be interested in. I’ve always liked working on stuff and the challenge of trying to fix things. In this job, I do something different every day, and that keeps the job interesting and challenging.
“I went back to school full time at age 30 while working full time and raising a family. Richland had a great schedule with plenty of options so that I could work classes around my schedule.
“When you go to school for this kind of business, some of the knowledge you use and some you don’t — but you still need to have the book-knowledge to get the job. I found the education at Richland great overall. I especially enjoyed my instructors.”
Billy Youngblood earned an associate degree in Semiconductor Manufacturing at Richland. As an equipment technician for Texas Instruments, he works on the equipment that manufactures silicon wafers, performing repairs and doing preventive maintenance.