José Jimenez and Jordan Cadiz enjoy specializing in their work. While their careers
are different and their life journeys have varied, both are committed to excelling
in their chosen fields.
Jimenez has lived in Midland all his life and is a 1997 graduate of Midland High School.
Cadiz, on the other hand, was born and raised in Florida and moved to Midland in
November 2019 with her husband who is in the oil and gas industry.
Jimenez completed an Associate of Applied Science degree in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration
& Heating Technology from Midland College (MC) in 2002. He took Auto Technology dual
credit courses in high school and then worked at Firestone for about a year.
“When I decided to return to Midland College to complete my degree, I knew that I
wanted a career that was ‘hands-on,’” Jimenez explained. “I wasn’t sure that I wanted
to stick with Auto Tech, but I wanted something that would be more stable than the
oil and gas industry. Since everybody in West Texas needs air conditioning, I decided
to take HVAC classes.”
Cadiz also enjoys “hands-on” careers. Midland College is not the first community
college that she has attended. She also began her college career in high school by
taking dual credit courses through Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida
State College). After high school graduation in 2007, she completed an Associate
of Arts degree at Brevard. She also has a Bakery & Patisserie Culinary certification
from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Sacramento, CA. Her past careers
include working in technical publications/technical records for an aircraft repair
and manufacturing company in Florida, as well as working for a wedding cake specialty
bakery in California.
“I loved my previous jobs, but they never felt like they were careers,” Cadiz recalled.
“When I moved to Midland, I started working as a registration clerk at Medical Center
Hospital. I loved the medical environment, and I started to take notice of various
medical careers. Respiratory therapy really interested me, especially when COVID
hit, and I admired how the therapists took care of the patients who were suffering
with pulmonary issues. So, here I am in my second year of MC’s Respiratory Care program.”
Both Jimenez and Cadiz are in high-demand jobs. Jimenez is a technician at The Bosworth
Company, specializing in commercial HVAC systems. Even though Cadiz is still completing
her degree in Respiratory Care, she is already employed at Midland Memorial Hospital
(MMH) as a respiratory intern.
“While respiratory care is definitely a specialty, it also allows versatility,” Cadiz
said. “Once I get my degree, I can work in neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, sleep
studies, pulmonary function tests, cardiac procedures and even as a member of a flight
team. I’m an adrenaline junkie, and I really enjoy working in the Intensive Care
Unit and Emergency Room. It’s an amazing feeling to help someone who is critically
ill get better.
“MMH is a great place to train because of its vascular access program, which allows
respiratory therapists to do things like insert PICC lines and arterial central lines.
There are only two or three hospitals in Texas that have this program.”
Jimenez is also grateful for his past and previous employers.
“I’ve been really lucky to have wonderful employers and supervisors,” he said. “When
I was taking classes at Midland College, I was a work study in the Public Relations
department. The staff helped me obtain scholarships and really taught me a sense
of work ethic. Now, I’ve been employed with The Bosworth Company for 19 years, and
the owners and managers are really kind. They tend to workers’ needs, and we have
terrific benefits. I’m able to have a rewarding career that allows me to provide
for my family.”
“When José was a work study in the Public Relations Office, he was very efficient,
always on time and extremely respectful,” Mary Lopez, MC Public Relations coordinator,
said. “I knew he would be successful in anything he did because he had a goal. I
have kept up with him all these years, and I’m very proud of the man he has become—a
hard-working family man.”
José Jimenez and his wife Maria have been married for two years. They have a 7-month-old
son named Joseph. Jimenez also has a 13-year-old daughter Jazlynn from a previous
marriage. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and hunting.
Jordan Cadiz and her husband have only been married for a year and a half. They are
the proud parents of two dogs, both named as a tribute to her culinary career—Panini
is a Chihuahua/Yorkie mix, and Basil is a Husky. They also recently acquired an Axolotl,
also known as a Mexican walking fish. When she isn’t interning 12-hour shifts or
studying to complete her Respiratory Care degree, Cadiz enjoys playing video games,
crafting, knitting, crocheting, traveling and reading.
“Jordan’s characteristic is that of a silent leader,” Kally Eddison, MC Respiratory
Care department chair, noted. “She has a desire to learn while encouraging her classmates
to provide the best patient care. Her attention to detail and quality within the
classroom and clinicals show her drive to become a respiratory therapist that will
strive to provide the best care to our community. It is a privilege to have her as
a student within our program.”
Jimenez and Cadiz said that they are proud to be 21st-century technicians and both
admit that one of the key components to being successful is the ability to adapt to
new technology. This adaptability is a matter of great pride to both—whether it is
providing comfort with better air conditioning or helping someone breathe better.
“As the COVID pandemic rages forward, the advancement of pulmonary technology has
given the medical field a boost in various treatments,” Cadiz said. “I know that to
be a good respiratory therapist I must keep current with technology so that I can
be a strong advocate for my patients.”
Jimenez agreed that technological advancements are vital to the HVAC industry, as
“What new technology does is create new opportunities to be the best I can be at my
job,” he said.