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News Article - 2014

July 2014

Veterans Check 07.12.14 - Local VFW Donates Scholarship Money to Veterans Student Alliance Club

Members of the Veteran Students Alliance (VSA) Club at Texas State Technical College recently received a helping hand form their friends at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2410 in the form of scholarship money. [Read More]

Jessica Lopez 07.11.14 - CET Chair Jessica Lopez Breaking Gender Barriers

In a program dominated by male students, Chemical Environmental Technology (CET) Chair Jessica Lopez said encouraging females to think outside of the box and pursue a career in the CET field is a top priority. [Read More]

Nacelle 07.10.14 - TSTC WET Program Gets Boost with Donation of Nacelle

The Wind Energy Technology Program at Texas State Technical College received a huge boost this week when a 70-ton nacelle equipped with a gear box and generator arrived on campus to be used by students for hands-on training purposes. [Read More]

SkillsUSA 07.03.14 - Rolando Gonzalez Wins Bronze at SkillsUSA National Competition

Rolando Gonzalez arrived in Kansas City, Mo. with one goal in mind. The Los Fresnos native was one of a record-high 17 competitors from Texas State Technical College at the SkillsUSA National Competition last week. [Read More]

Alt Fuels 07.02.14 - AUT Program Faculty Develop Alternative Fuels Curriculum

The AUT Programs at TSTC Harlingen, in partnership with TSTC Waco and Pittsburg State University (Pittsburg, Kan.), developed curriculum for an Enhanced Technical Certificate in Alternative Fuels thanks to a $20,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. [Read More]

5k 07.01.14 - TSTC, HMC Team Up to Run 5K, Raise Scholarship Money

Texas State Technical College and Harlingen Medical Center (HMC) teamed up last week to raise money for TSTC scholarships and to promote a healthy and fit community with the Inaugural Community Health Walk/Run at TSTC. [Read More]

June 2014

PMT 06.25.14 - TSTC Celebrates Engineering Center Grand Opening, SpawGlass Donation

Texas State Technical College's administration celebrated the grand opening of the Engineering Center, a LEED Gold Certified candidate, and industry partner SpawGlass presented a check worth $20,000 for scholarships. [Read More]

Space 06.21.14 - TSTC Fuels Interest in STEM Field

Tim Odoms and his son, Bradley, spent the better part of their Saturday morning building rocket racers at Texas State Technical College last week. [Read More]

Upward Bound 06.21.14 - Upward Bound Provides Higher Education Option to First-Generation College Students

If Rosa Espinoza's testimony is any indication, TSTC's Upward Bound Program has been a great service to students from the Harlingen and San Benito school districts. [Read More]

Johanna 06.20.14 - SGA Officer Recalls Journey from Colombia to Valley

Don't let the soft-spoken Johanna Lozano fool you. The 29-year old is lionhearted to say the least. At age 18, Lozano left her home in Colombia fleeing the violence and government corruption that had overtaken her homeland. [Read More]

Park 06.18.14 - TSTC Students Help with Annual Children's Event

Several Texas State Technical College students recently spent the day in the park volunteering at the United Way Day in the Park event that promotes literacy and fitness in Fair Park in Harlingen. [Read More]

PMT 06.14.14 - PMT Program Lauded for Producing Great Machinists

United Machine Works (UMW) Human Resource Manager Amado Azua was at Texas State Technical College this week looking for the best machinist in the state of Texas. [Read More]

Celina 06.13.14 - Garza Takes Over as AVP for Institutional Assessment

Harlingen's Celina Garza is the latest addition to Texas State Technical College's staff as she takes over as the new Associate Vice President for Institutional Assessment in the office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research (IE&R). [Read More]

Waldrep 06.12.14 - Waldrep Receives 3M Scholarship

Polly Waldrep, of San Benito, had a hunch she'd end up in the automotive industry when she got older. As a kid, Waldrep was introduced to cars by her father, William, who founded Waldrep Autos when Polly was young. [Read More]

Students 06.07.14 - Associate Degrees to be Limited to 60 Hours

Administrators at Texas State Technical College have started working on limiting the amount of semester credit hours needed to complete an associate's degree as set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). [Read More]

Sotelo 06.06.14 - VN Alumn Sotelo Living Dream in Brownsville Clinic

When Rodolfo Sotelo was ready to quit, the faculty at Texas State Technical College didn't let him. "I got to a point where I thought I was too old to stay in school," said Sotelo, a graduate of the Vocational Nursing Program at TSTC. [Read More]

SPE 06.05.14 - TSTC Hosts SPE Conference

Texas 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. [Read More]

May 2014

TexPREP 05.31.14 - Summer Programs Kickoff at TSTC

The end of the academic school year signals the start of summer vacation. But for more than 200 students in the Valley, summer doesn’t mean that learning takes a break. [Read More]

New CBL 05.30.14 - Competency Based IST Recruiting for New Class

TSTC is currently recruiting students for the second cohort of the state's first Competency Based Learning (CBL) Program. Beginning in the fall, students can register in one of two sessions in the Industrial System's Technology (IST) Program. [Read More]

Carrillo 05.30.14 - Carrillo Takes Over as Safety Officer

On any given day, Enrique Carrillo can be seen riding around the TSTC campus on a golf cart. Carrillo is simply watching over the campus as the newly appointed Safety Officer, overseeing the safety and safety procedures of the entire college. [Read More]

ECHS 05.24.14 - Record Number of ECHS Students Graduate from TSTC First

Class Valedictorian Paloma Fuentes will be addressing her senior class from Early College High School in Harlingen during their commencement ceremony on May 31 at the Performing Arts Center as the class valedictorian. [Read More]

Rios 05.23.14 - RGV LEAD Awards Scholarship to TSTC Student, Mentor

Time has never been an issue for Harlingen’s Evelyn Rios. The 19 year old moved here from Georgia a few years ago right before she started high school at Early College High School. She graduated from ECHS with her high school diploma and TSTC. [Read More]

DLT 05.23.14 - Dental Lab Program has Withstood Test of Time

When the college, known as the John Connally Technical Institute back then and later Texas State Technical Institute, first opened its doors in Harlingen in 1968, the DLT Program was one of the flagship programs and the only Allied Health Division program. [Read More]

Memorial Day 05.23.14 - TSTC Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes

TSTC veterans and friends gathered at the flagpole on the north side of the campus for a Memorial Day Observance at Texas State Technical College that included a moment of silence, the playing of Taps and a 21-gun salute. [Read More]

Competency 05.19.14 - Inaugural Competency-Based Learning Group Walks Stage

It was a night of celebration at the 2014 TSTC Spring Commencement ceremony at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium as the first group of students from the Competency-Based Learning (CBL) Program. [Read More]

Muniz 05.18.14 - Muniz Delves into Education After Military

Thanks to the vision of the previous Student Government Association administration and the work of the current group, students at Texas State Technical College soon will have a new place to eat and lounge on campus. [Read More]

Dine 05.16.14 - Renovations Under Way for New-look Cafeteria

Thanks to the vision of the previous Student Government Association administration and the work of the current group, students at Texas State Technical College soon will have a new place to eat and lounge on campus. [Read More]

Zizely 05.15.14 - Jimenez Hones Leadership Skills at TSTC

The 20-year-old started getting involved at a young age, and by the time she was at San Benito High School, her resume was filling up fast. [Read More]

Staff Senate 05.10.14 - Staff Senate Represents Employees

Texas State Technical College accountant and Staff Senate President Viola Vela is working toward making the general staff’s advocacy group a more prominent fixture on campus. [Read More]

Active Shooter 05.09.14 - TSTC Police Takes Part in Active Shooter Training

The TSTC Police Department recently took part in the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Active Shooter Response Program developed by Texas State University. [Read More]

Rita 05.08.14 - AUB Student Overcomes Adversities, Earns Scholarshipt

When Rita Renee Gonzales was faced with the choice of giving up or continuing to fight, the 32-year old Rio Hondo native opted for the latter. Gonzales decided that it's never too late to return to school. [Read More]

Veterans 05.03.14 - VSA Club, Sponsor Receive Recognition

The Veteran Student Alliance (VSA) Club, its advisor Steve Guevara and their newly established scholarship all were all recognized at this year's Student Leadership Banquet a couple of weeks ago. [Read More]

Graduates 05.02.14 - Spring Commencement Celebrates Firsts and Lasts

It was a night of firsts and lasts at the 2014 Texas State Technical College Spring Commencement ceremony at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium as nearly 350 students graduated on May 2. [Read More]

New SGA 05.02.14 - Martinez-Diaz Takes Over as SGA President

Even at 16-years old, Andrew Martinez-Diaz knew he belonged in the skies. That’s when his interest for aviation began and what’s motivated him to pursue an Associate’s Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from Texas State Technical College. [Read More]

Anyssa 05.02.14 - Villarreal Shines in CET Program

It wasn’t her first choice, but it’s the best one she’s made. Anyssa Villarreal graduated from Los Fresnos High School in 2011 and enrolled in Texas State Technical College hoping to pursue a nursing degree. [Read More]

  April 2014

Shoes 04.24.14 - TSTC Wraps Up Month Long Observance of Sexual Awareness Month

Texas State Technical College’s office of Support Services and the Counseling Department concluded a month-long campaign observing Sexual Assault Awareness Month with a couple more events this week. [Read More]

ULA 04.23.14 - TSTC Showcase Challenger Learning Center to Students

Matthew Pelache and Julie Ann Garza were ok with missing school on Thursday. But it didn't keep them from learning something. Pelache and Garza took part in the Young Minds At Work Program at United Launch Alliance (ULA). [Read More]

Pena 04.19.14 - DMDT Student Wins Art Award

When Tony Pena returned from the U.S. Navy in 2010, he was certain of one thing. “I knew I was going to go to college,” Pena said. “Being in the military, my tuition was going to be paid for so the next step was going to school...” [Read More]

New SGA 04.17.14 - New SGA Officers Sworn in at Leadership Banquet

Texas State Technical College's new Student Government Officers were introduced and sworn in at the Student Leadership Banquet on Thursday at the Cultural Arts Center. [Read More]

Student Leadership Banquet 04.17.14 - Student Leadership Banquet Recognizes, Honors Students, Staff

Student Leadership Banquet or the past eight years, the Student Leadership Banquet has recognized students, faculty and staff for their service to Texas State Technical College that school year. [Read More]

Tara Mendez 04.16.14 - Mendez Leaves Behind Legacy as Student Leader at TSTC

As Tara Mendez prepares for her final month as a student at Texas State Technical College, she can't help but reflect on how big of an impact TSTC has had on her life the past couple of years. [Read More]

Kindle Winner 04.10.14 - Student Wins Kindle at Spring Break Hook Up

Growing up in Santa Rosa, Cipriano’s father was a well-known and respected varsity basketball coach across the Valley. The tiny town west of Harlingen was also well-known for its basketball tradition. [Read More]

Job Fair 14 04.09.14 - TSTC Students, Alum Attend Job Fair

TSTC Vocational Nursing student Jeremy Rocha didn't waste any time getting to know his potential employers. Moving from table to table, Rocha met and talked to representatives from area hospitals and clinics at the TSTC Spring Job Fair last week. [Read More]

Gail Hand 04.04.14 - Humorist's Workshop Details Dangers of Social Media

Texas State Technical College student Heather Lerma doesn’t know everything there is to know about social media. But after a recent workshop at TSTC by humorist Gail Hand, Lerma left knowing that her personal social media accounts can help or hurt her chances to establish herself as a professional after college. [Read More]

Mtrak 04.03.14 - Mechatronic Students Build Robot for Recruiting Purposes

Growing up in Santa Rosa, Cipriano’s father was a well-known and respected varsity basketball coach across the Valley. The tiny town west of Harlingen was also well-known for its basketball tradition. [Read More]

Award 04.02.14 - Three Receive Vision, Inspiration Awards

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. [Read More]

  March 2014

SkillsUSA 03.29.14 - TSTC Has Good Showing at SkillsUSA State Competition

Texas State Technical College enjoyed the most successful trip to the Skills USA state tournament in the past decade as 33 of the 49 competitors earned a medal and 21 won first place, qualifying for the national competition. [Read More]

Blood Drive 03.29.14 - Fifth Annual Cesar Chavez Blood Drive a Success

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Texas State Technical College hosted the 5th Annual National Cesar Chavez Blood Drive Challenge this week and collected 100 pints of blood, more than last year's total of 70. [Read More]

ST Program 03.29.14 - ST Program Going Strong for Nearly 40 Years

As one of the oldest programs at Texas Technical College, the Surgical Technology (ST) Program has been providing operating room technicians to Valley hospitals for nearly 40 years. [Read More]

WiFi 03.22.14 - Valley Metro Buses Equipped with Free Wi-Fi

Earlier this month, all three bus routes that come to TSTC were equipped with a router on board in order to provide free Wi-Fi for the riders, the majority which are students like Trevino. [Read More]

Veteran Scholarship 03.21.14 - Veterans Club Awards Two Scholarships

The Veteran Student Alliance (VSA) Club awarded its first two scholarships in a small ceremony during the bi-weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Veteran's Center at Texas State Technical College. [Read More]

Silva 03.20.14 - Silva Joins TSTC as New VP for Student Learning

Adjusting to a new environment is nothing new for Rebecca Silva. When she first moved to the Valley from Pittsburgh in 1995, Silva encountered several challenges before acclimating to her new home. [Read More]

Humane 03.15.14 - TSTC Students Give Up Spring Break to Volunteer

Members of the TSTC Service Squad spent the first part of their break at the Harlingen Humane Society volunteering their time to doing everything from walking and bathing the animals at the shelter. [Read More]

SPI 03.15.14 - SPIPD Partners Up with TSTC to Distribute Coasters

South Padre Island Police Chief Randy Smith called Texas State Technical College's latest effort to keep its students and Spring Breakers safe, "progressive" and is excited to be partnered up with the college. [Read More]

Coaster 03.07.14 - TSTC Hands Out Over 10,000 Drug-testing Coasters for Spring Break

The Office of Counseling and Testing and the Marketing Department at TSTC teamed up to get the message across to students about the dangers of Spring Break through specially designed coasters with two opportunities to test for drugs in a drink. [Read More]

Fashion Show 03.05.14 - Fashion Show Teaches Students How to Dress for Success

Twice a month, the Office of Student Life hosts a Mustang Leadership Academy series during lunch aimed at teaching students critical leadership skills they would otherwise not learn in a classroom. [Read More]

Tech Day 03.05.14 - More Than 1,000 High School Seniors Visit TSTC on Tech Day

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. [Read More]

DMDT logos 03.01.14 - Students Recognized for Designing Logos

Three Texas State Technical College students from the Digital Media and Design Technology (DMDT) Program recently received recognition for designing logos as part of class projects. [Read More]

  February 2014

Skills 02.28.14 - TSTC Students Qualify for Skills USA State Competition

Students from the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology (ACT) Program at TSTC took their first step toward competing at the Skills USA state competition last week. [Read More]

Art Show 02.20.14 - Oddly Normal Exhibit on Display at LRC

For artist Shawn Munguia, it was a homecoming of sorts. Munguia graduated from Texas State Technical College in 2000 with an Associate of Applied Science in Digital Imaging Technology, now Digital Media and Design Technology (DMDT). [Read More]

Maldonado 02.13.14 - Maldonado Inducted to Prestigious Academy

President Dr. Cesar Maldonado was elected to the Texas Tech Industrial Engineering Academy, Dr. Hong-Chao Zhang, interim Department Chair for Industrial Engineering at Texas Tech University. [Read More]

Ag 02.13.14 - TSTC Hosts Fourth Annual Ag Expo

College and high school students got a chance to explore the possibility of a career in the agricultural or homeland security fields during the Fourth Annual Acknowledging Agriculture Expo in the Student Center cafeteria. [Read More]

Endowment 02.12.14 - RGV Partnership Funds New Endowment

What started as an idea came to fruition on Wednesday at the annual Board of Regents dinner when the Rio Grande Valley Partnership presented TSTC a check for $7,500. [Read More]

BOR Dinner 02.12.14 - TSTC Hosts Annual Board of Regents Dinner

The community's civic and educational leaders came out in full force on Wednesday to show their strong relationship with Texas State Technical College at the annual TSTC Board of Regents dinner at the Cultural Arts Center. [Read More]

Nieto 02.09.14 - Nieto Takes Over as College Readiness and Advancement AVP

Since she was a young girl growing up in Raymondville, Sandra Nieto knew she'd pursue a career in education."I was fortunate to have good teachers in my life that influenced me to become a teacher," Nieto said. [Read More]

Zadina 02.07.14 - Renowned Professor Leads Learning Workshop

Math and English professors at Texas State Technical College listened attentively as Dr. Janet Zadina talked to them about how the brain works and whether students were really learning and not just thinking. [Read More]

Ayala 02.02.14 - Ayala Takes Over as Director of Corporate Education

To say that Greg Ayala’s been there and done that, might be an understatement. Whether in the private or public sector, Ayala’s made his livelihood by nourishing the economic development in the Valley. [Read More]

Barb 02.01.14 - Bennett Writes, Edits Dental Hygiene Book

It was a long and arduous task but when she holds the end product in her hands, TSTC’s Associate Vice President for Student Learning Barb Bennett feels more than accomplished. [Read More]

  January 2014

self-defense 01.25.14 - Self-Defense Class Offered for Free

A casual conversation with Civil Rights Activist Dolores Huerta led to the addition of a self-defense class at Texas State Technical College for students, faculty and staff. [Read More]

News Icon 01.24.14 - TSTC Students Take Part in City Workshop

Texas State Technical College students Anglai Jimenez and Francisco Rodriguez sat in a crowd comprised of city leaders and elected officials during the fourth and final public input meeting focused to identify community needs sponsored by the City of Harlingen. [Read More]

Yanez, Urrea 01.23.14 - Yanez, Urrea Get National Recognition for Developing Retention Plan

TSTC's Director of Support Services Edda Urrea and Engineering Division Director Hector Yanez were recognized by the National Institute for Women in Trades, Technology and Science for developing a retention plan aimed at keeping female students.  [Read More]

Neri 01.18.14 - Munoz Overcomes Obstacles to Return to School

Several times throughout her day, Neri Munoz has to remind herself to, "hechale ganas!" The popular Mexican saying roughly translates to, "give it all you've got." [Read More]

News Icon 01.17.14 - City Consultant Meets with TSTC Students

Harlingen planning consultant James Carrillo met with Texas State Technical College's Mustang Leadership Academy on Friday to receive input on the city's planning process and address the topic: "The Importance of Civic Engagement." [Read More]

Wendy 01.16.14 - Davis Visits TSTC, Unveils Education Plan

Gubernatorial candidate Senator Wendy Davis made a campaign stop at Texas State Technical College on Wednesday to unveil the second phase of her education policy platform. [Read More]

News Icon 01.11.14 - Harlingen Seeks Students' Input on City Planning

Texas State Technical College’s students are getting a first-hand look on what it takes to a be leader in their community through a workshop provided by the city of Harlingen.  [Read More]

Camp 01.11.14 - CAMP Hold Recruitment Fair for Next School Year

New College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) director Diana Lucio has kept herself busy to start the new Spring Semester at Texas State Technical College. [Read More]

Engineering Division moves into building 01.10.14 - Engineering Division Moves into Building

The Engineering Division will move four of its programs into a 63,000 square-foot converted warehouse off Loop 499 across from United Launch Alliance. [Read More]

Yanez 01.04.14 - Hector Yanez Takes Over as Engineering Division Director

Hector Yanez is bringing his own personal philosophy to his new job at Texas State Technical College. [Read More]











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