Tom Hoffman was born and raised in Fremont and graduated from Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers. After attending Vanguard, it was a “natural step” for him to attend Terra State. Hoffman studied Industrial Electricity at Terra State.
Since Hoffman, with his father, bought Valley Electric when he was 18 years old, it was important for him to go to a school that was affordable and allowed him to work. “What attracted me to Terra was, first of all, the low cost. I live in Fremont, so it was convenient. I could work during the day and go to school in the evenings,” Hoffman said.
He is a proud Terra State alum. “Terra is in our blood,” he said. His father was one of the first students at Terra State, graduating with a double degree, his oldest sister graduated from Terra State, his kids have all attended KidsCollege and he met his wife at Terra who also attended Terra State.
“I would highly recommend Terra State to anybody interested in going to college, especially in the technical programs,” Hoffman said. “It’s a good building block with good, solid teachers and good labs to work out of."
Length of Study
2 years, Full time
Less than $20,000
BusinessValley Electric Co.