Schreiner Engineering Student Receives Recognition in Kerr County Commissioners’ Court

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Kerrville, TX – Schreiner University senior, Omar Ortiz, recently received recognition from
Charlie Hastings, County Engineer, before the Kerr County Commissioners’ Court. Ortiz, an international student from Mexico City, worked in the Kerr County Engineering and Road and Bridge Departments through the summer of 2022 as a temporary part-time engineering technician through an internship agreement with Schreiner University.

“Omar accomplished much, with little to no oversight or instruction,” Hastings told the County Commissioners’ Court. “Examples of his work are: he learned to use geographic information system software (QGIS) and developed engineering construction plans, prepared engineering construction documents, utilized software to accurately measure construction material quantities, interacted with the public and solved customer problems, archival and reorganization of department files, attend development plan review meetings, assist with construction inspection, assist with development plan review, and other duties assigned.”

For many years, Schreiner offered a 3 -2 engineering program where students would begin college at Schreiner, complete their basics, and then – after three years – transfer to another university where they would spend two years completing their engineering requirements. As a result, students would earn two bachelor’s degrees: a BA from Schreiner and the second would be an engineering degree from the school to which they transferred. In the Fall of 2021, Schreiner University expanded its engineering program to offer a complete undergraduate engineering program with tracks in civil and mechanical engineering completely in-house.

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