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Red Oak ISD Approves TSTC Land Grant

The Red Oak ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted on Nov. 18 to approve the deeding of 29.5 acres of land to Texas State Technical College to construct an extensive technical education campus. The initial phase of construction includes a $10 million technical education facility with future growth and expansion in the years to come. Located just behind Red Oak High School, the facility is set to break ground in early 2014, offering career training to all school districts in the region.

On Oct. 16, The TSTC Foundation agreed to fund the construction of TSTC North Texas on the property deeded from Red Oak ISD in Ellis County and enter into a lease arrangement with TSTC. The $10 million, 90,000 sq. ft. facility is set for completion prior to the 2014 school year.

“This is a sign of success,” said TSTC Chancellor Michael L. Reeser, “the success of Red Oak ISD and TSTC joining together to ensure the future success of students and workforce training in the North Texas region. It all began with the vision of the citizens of Ellis County and concluded with successful legislative work by Rep. Jim Pitts and Sen. Brian Birdwell.”

As part of the partnership, Red Oak High School students in grades 9 - 12 will receive 50 percent discount on all TSTC tuition as well as discounted fees at TSTC North Texas.

Beginning Jan. 15, TSTC will begin preparing students from area school districts for technical careers at Red Oak ISD’s Career and Technical Education building. “We are ramping up by hiring faculty and administration to prepare students for careers in computer systems and network administration, computer systems desktop support, computer systems cyber security, and computer aided drafting,” said Jim Rowland, TSTC North Texas Provost. TSTC anticipates up to 80% of the new jobs created at TSTC North Texas will draw from talent in the local area.

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