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TSTC Hosts Leadership Harlingen Class 28

Friday, October 11, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Leadership HarlingenClass 28 of the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Harlingen made a stop at Texas State Technical College on Thursday during their second session of the year.

Leadership Harlingen, which was founded in 1985, runs on the school calender from September through May and provides a vessel for the group to get more involved in the business community in Harlingen.

The Chamber's Governmental Affairs and Events Manager Sarah Trollinger said Leaderhip Harlingen exposes leaders from the community to what businesses have to offer. This year's class has two TSTC staff members aboard.

Associated Vice President of Corporate and Community Education Cledia Hernandez and and Director for Institutional Advancement Amy Lynch are part of this year's class.

"We help identify existing leaders in the community and point them in the direction they want to go or they want to take their businesses," Trollinger said.

Every second Thursday of the month, the group takes a field trip and visits different businesses or institutions around Harlingen.

Thursday's session focused on education, communications and the arts.

The group started by touring the new Harlingen ISD Performing Arts Theater and the new Cano Freshman Academy before making their afternoon stop at TSTC.

While at TSTC, the group was treated to a lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts students and a presentation by Provost Adam Hutchison.

Among the areas Hutchison touched on during his presenation were TSTC's increased enrollment this semester, the college's commitment to placing students in jobs following graduation and the new competency-based learning program, the only one of its kind in the state.

"TSTC is part of this community and hosting Leadership Harlingen is another way to show the leaders of this community what we're doing at TSTC," Hutchison said. "Our students are making a difference in this communtiy."

Trollinger echoed Hutchison's sentiments.

"TSTC plays a vital role in the business community in Harlingen," Trollinger said.

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