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TSTC Hosts SPE Conference

Thursday, June 5, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

SPETexas State Technical College recently hosted the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) for its annual conference at the Cultural Arts Center and the Lower Rio Grande Valley Section of the SPE presented TSTC with a $1,000 check earmarked for scholarships for students in the Precision Manufacturing Technology (PMT) Program.

PMY Chair Rick Limas said that every year that TSTC has hosted the conference, SPE presents the program with money to be used for scholarships or to fund the college chapter of SPE.

"They've donated materials before or molds that we've been able to use in labs for instruction purposes," Limas said. "We have a great relationship with SPE and these conferences are really educational on all things plastic for our students."

The conference consisted of different speakers from across the country and Mexico and student members of TSTC's SPE chapter also attended.

SPE Vice President Dr. Jaime Gomez was in attendance at this year's conference. In the last 20 years, TSTC has hosted the conference seven times and this is the first time SPE sends a vice president to the conference.

Gomez, the Global Business Development Manager of Chemicals and Plastics for Coperion K-Tron, said the relationship between TSTC and SPE has been vital to both parties over the years.

"TSTC has been a good partner and having a student chapter of SPE here on campus is a great asset to the students," Gomez said.

Gomez said money for the scholarships came from SPE members in the workforce and potential employers of these students.

"All this money came from donations from industry," Gomez said.

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