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Recent Funeral Service graduate featured in trade publication


An NTCC Funeral Service graduate was recently featured in the December issue of Texas Director, a trade publication for those in the funeral services industry. Steven D. Spruiells, of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, graduated from NTCC in December 2022. The following is an excerpt from the article:

…As a student in the NTCC Mortuary Program, he said he had been most surprised about how much he didn’t know about the profession, and what he has learned, is eager to help funeral service move forward in a way that will bring a positive light to the industry.

“As a funeral service professional, I believe I bring many valuable skills and attributes to the table,” he said. “I have been licensed in the State of Texas as a Cosmetology Operator and Instructor for over 20 years. I also have been employed by several churches as the organist/pianist for over 30 years, and I believe I have developed great people skills through these experiences,” he continued. “I love people and I love serving people, and I don’t believe in settling. There is always more to learn.”…

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Spruiells is a great example of how NTCC Funeral Service Graduates from all over the country are taking their skills back to their hometowns to make a difference. The program offers both online and face-to-face instruction paired with clinical practice at funeral homes near students’ homes. To learn more about the Funeral Services Education program at NTCC, visit or contact Olga Retana at

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