More Than 1,000 High School Seniors Visit TSTC on Tech Day
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
One by one, bright yellow school buses pulled up to the unloading zone in front of Texas State Technical College on Wednesday morning.
By the time the last bus drove off, nearly 1,100 high school seniors from school districts across the Valley and Zapata and Riviera-Kaufer had set foot on campus for one of the biggest and most popular tours of the year: Tech Day.
In total, 20 school districts from Port Isabel to La Joya were represented at Tech Day. Zapata and Kaufer were the only non-Valley school districts on campus.
Port Isabel senior Maria Martinez knows what she’s going to do after high school. She plans on attending TSTC and enrolling in the Vocational Nursing Program.
But while she’s got her future planned out, Martinez said not everyone is as certain as her about their career plans and she applauds TSTC for providing a day like Tech Day to help guide students.
“I think it’s great to come here and actually see what’s going on here on campus,” Martinez said. “For me, TSTC is the number one option. Maybe down the road I can transfer and pursue a bachelor’s but for now this is where I’m going to spend the next couple of years. These tours really give all of us an idea of what we can expect when we get here.”
Student Recruitment Specialist Belinda Munoz said more than 50 student volunteers served as tour guides and walked the visiting high school seniors around campus showing off the 30-plus programs offered at TSTC.
After the morning tours, all high school seniors and the volunteers met at the Sports and Wellness Center for lunch in a pep rally type gathering.
“It’s a great opportunity to show off our campus with one big tour,” Munoz said. “They get a chance to interact with current students and learn all about what TSTC has to offer them if they decide to come here in the fall.”
Mechatronics student Austin Pena led one of the groups across campus. The lively Pena quipped about his experiences at TSTC, joked with the seniors and answered questions along the way.
Pena was having fun with the tour and explained that a big smile was the best way to get the high school seniors to come back as full-time students one day.
“This is my second time helping out and on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being the most fun, this is definitely a 10.” Pena said.
TSTC has hosted Tech Day for the last 10 years for students interested in pursuing technical careers.