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The TSTC Foundation Board Members Visit, Meet at College

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Foundation BoardThe TSTC Foundation Board members held their quarterly board meeting at Texas State Technical College Harlingen on Wednesday then toured the campus to cap off a two-day visit to the Rio Grande Valley.

The group arrived on Tuesday and was treated to a social mixer and dinner. Their quarterly meeting was held the following day which ended by making five stops around the campus to the various programs of study.

The TSTC Foundation is a non-profit organization created to assist the colleges of the TSTC System and their students. The Foundation assists TSTC with student scholarships, discretionary dollars, capital needs, and other projects determined by the TSTC Board of Regents, according to their website.

The Foundation is made up of 12 members which include Rio Grande Valley board members Rene Capistran of SpawGlass and Frank Espinoza of AEP. Also on the board are Greg Dodds of Brownwood; Dr. Robert Galvan Sr. of Marshall; Brian Green from Abilene; Bill Johnson from Sweetwater and Charles Olson from Waco.

The executive committee is made up of President Curtis Cleveland of Waco; Past President Peter Kultgen of Waco;  Vice-President Virgil Moore of Breckenridge, Secretary/Treasurer Keith Honey of Longview and TSTC Harlingen President Cesar Maldonado.

Over a year ago, Foundation Executive Director Mike Harder deemed it beneficial to rotate the board meetings across the system’s campuses. Previously, all meetings were held in Waco. This quarter it was TSTC Harlingen’s turn to host the meeting and Harder called it a success.

“The main advantage to having the different colleges host is the night before we get to meet and thank a lot of our local supporters,” Harder said. “”We appreciate the support from the local folks so this gives us an opportunity to thank them personally.”

Other than the board meetings, most members don’t get to see each other throughout the year. So Harder said that was another advantage for the members and the students as well.

“We get to see what the other campuses are doing and share ideas on how to make the colleges better,” Harder said. “Our main objective is to support the different campuses and raise funds, primarily scholarships, and other resources for the students and the schools.”

Following their board meeting, the group made fives stops around the Harlingen college.

The group visited the machining technology program followed by the welding technology program, where board members learned that the welding program places 90 percent of their graduates in jobs.

From there, the group visited the AMIST (Advanced Manufacturing Integrated Systems Technology) room where board members saw firsthand what wind technology students were learning.

The group then visited the Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics program followed by the Allied Health Sciences program.

“It was a great meeting,” Harder said. “We were able to share some ideas.”

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