West Texas Campuses
In the spring of 1989, the City of Breckenridge turned to Texas State Technical Institute (TSTI) to open an extension that would provide technology training for local and area residents affected by the depressed economy in the region. Within a few months, the Legislature and the Governor of Texas approved the creation of the TSTC Rural Technology Center at Breckenridge. The technology center in Breckenridge began classes in the fall of 1990 providing technical education to meet the needs of Texas business and industry. Located in Stephens County, Breckenridge is 95 miles west of Fort Worth and 57 miles northeast of Abilene at the junction of U.S. Highways 180 and 183 with close proximity to both Hubbard Creek and Possum Kingdom Lakes.
The small, student-oriented campus features educational opportunities in Chemical Dependency Counseling, Computer Aided Drafting, Construction Management Technology, Digital Imaging & Design, Environmental Science Technology, Health Information Technology, Software and Business Accounting, and Vocational Nursing. A new program for HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) will be available by the summer of 2011 and a facilities expansion project is currently underway which will provide for the growth of the existing Allied Health and Environmental Technology programs.
While the Breckenridge location is a commuter campus, students still enjoy a broad array of opportunities to participate in student organizations and clubs that enrich their learning experience. Students enrolled in Breckenridge may choose to become active in Beta Iota Eta-- the local chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Student Government Association, the Real Education on Addiction Can Help (REACH) club, the Environmental Science Club, or the Construction Management Technology Club. Students attending in Breckenridge are encouraged to be involved in both their school and the community.
The TSTC Breckenridge Campus has received generous support from the community since the very beginning, and the students benefit through a variety of scholarship opportunities made possible through local donors such as the O.H. and Ruth Verne Reaugh Endowed, the Breckenridge Economic Development Corporation, the Breckenridge Rotary club, the Breckenridge Garden Club, Villa Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center, the Breckenridge Library, the Breckenridge contributors to the TSTC Regent’s Circle, student club scholarships, and memorial scholarship funds. In addition to the local scholarships, students have access to other TSTC West Texas scholarship opportunities including the DALE scholarship program.
The focus of TSTC West Texas Breckenridge is to provide outstanding customer service and a quality technical education that leads to marketable job skills and successful employment for our students.