Three Receive Vision, Inspiration Awards
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
In observance of National Women's History Month, Texas State Technical College awarded its annual Vision and Inspiration Awards to students, staff and faculty that help promote non-traditional programs of study on campus and in the workforce.
The Vision Awards were awarded to Engineering Division Director Hector Yanez and Perkins Technical Program Advisor Robert Foshie. The Inspiration Award went to Student Government Association President Tara Mendez, a non-traditional student in the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (ACT) Program.
The three recipients were surprised at an intimate ceremony surrounded by colleagues and peers in the Learning Resource Center Orientation Room.
"I was told to come here because we were going to inspect the vents in this room," Mendez said. "I wasn't expecting this at all."
Mendez is expected to graduate this semester and has several job offers already. She said enrolling in a non-traditional program like ACT wasn't an easy move but was made easier by the instructors and administration at TSTC.
"They facilitated everything," Mendez said. "They helped me with anything I needed and will help anyone in any program. Whether you're a female in a male-dominated program or the other way around, TSTC will help you succeed."
There are currently 10 programs that qualify as non-traditional for men with eight of the 10 being in the Allied Health Division.
For the women, there are 18 programs that qualify as non-traditional including five in the Engineering Division.
Yanez took over as division director in January and said he plans to keep the division moving in the same direction under his direction.
"This is an individual award but I wish the whole team was here with me," Yanez said. "It's a team effort with Support Services and our faculty to help promote non-traditional programs in our division."
Foshie was a non-traditional student himself during his days at TSTC graduating from the Business Management Technology (BMT) Program. Foshie has been considered a strong advocate for students in pursuing a non-traditional career through his role as an advisor.
"This really means a lot to me," Foshie said. "We're all just doing our job and that's making a difference in our students' lives and helping them succeed."
Equity Advocate Counselor Anna Cortez said the three winners' contribution to help promote non-traditional programs on campus has been a huge reason for the college's success.
"It's been a cooperative effort and it's led to the success of students for years," Cortez said.