Hunting Energy Services hires Stafford graduate Daniel Ponce

Hunting Energy Services hires Stafford graduate Daniel Ponce
Posted on 07/25/2017
Daniel Ponce

Daniel Ponce is a Stafford College & Career Center Success Story.

Ponce, a 19-year-old 2016 Stafford High School Graduate, was one of the first student in Jesus Puente’s Welding Class. The partnership between Stafford Municipal School District and Houston Community College gives students the opportunity to earn college credit, and upon graduation, a Welding Certificate.

Last month, Hunting Energy Services' Stafford location – located four-tenths of a mile away from Stafford High School – hired Ponce to work in its Welding operation.

Ponce is the first graduate from the College & Career Center’s new Welding Program to be hired by Hunting, but certainly there will be many more.

“We are very excited,” Stafford College & Career Center Director Debbie Nordt said. “Once we start the proverbial pipeline, we will be communicating with Hunting whenever there are entry level positions available.”

Ponce is one of 126 employees at Hunting's Stafford-based location. Hunting has been a longtime supporter of Stafford MSD, sponsoring the Engineering Division of the College & Career Center and regularly donating school supplies to the District.

Ponce works in a division that does welding for Hydraulics that operate in underwater Energy operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ponce’s Supervisor, Jared Kiser, is pleased with the smooth transition he’s made.

“He’s a good, fast learner,” Kiser said. “He has a great attitude, and he’s everything you can ask for in an employee. He’s also a wonderful diplomat for the Stafford College & Career Center’s Welding Program.”

The sixth of eight children, Ponce took Mr. Puente’s class as a senior and immediately became interested in Welding.

“After that class, it’s all I wanted to do,” said Ponce, who earned As and Bs and played both football and soccer for the Spartans.

Upon graduation from SHS, Ponce briefly worked in retail before the opportunity to chase his career goals opened up. He’s grateful for the position at Hunting and credits his colleagues with helping him become acclimated to the position.

The Stafford Municipal School District’s Mission is “For Every Student to Graduate College or Career Ready, without Remediation.”

The Stafford College & Career Center is a state-of-the-art component of Stafford High School. Students who apply to the College & Career Center and/or Stafford High are not required to live in Stafford. To schedule a tour, e-mail College & Career Center Director Debbie Nordt at

Welding is one of 13 programs that the Stafford College & Career Center offers. The other programs are Arts, Audio/Visual Technology & Communications; Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Business Management & Administration; Education & Training; Health Science; Culinary Arts; Information Technology; Law, Public Safety & Corrections; Manufacturing; Marketing, Sales & Service; Welding, Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), & Transportation, Distribution & Logistics. Four of the academies -- Law and Public Service, Culinary and Automotive -- offer Dual Credit classes ending in a certification through Houston Community College.