TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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TSTC Advantage

Photo of the TSTC airport, where students in the Aircraft Dispatch program get hands-on experience.

When most people think of aviation, they think of pilots who fly a plane, or control tower operators who keep watchful eyes on the sky.

But another key figure in the aviation industry is the Aircraft Dispatcher, a role so critical that a plane never leaves the ground without a dispatcher’s input. In fact, the Federal Aviation Administration declares the role of the Aircraft Dispatcher a critical link to air traffic safety.

It’s the Aircraft Dispatcher who authorizes take-offs, computes fuel levels, calculates distance, delays or cancels flights based on weather conditions, and shares joint responsibility with the captain for passenger safety and operational control of the entire flight.

A job that important also pays very well. While salaries vary by location, employer and experience, senior dispatchers can earn well over $100,000 a year.

It’s a growing field, too, especially in Texas, which has 1,429 FAA-recognized airports, four major airlines and 384 public-use airports, as well as 12.1 million take-offs and landings annually.

But it’s not by accident you land a job as exciting as this. It takes a strong level of training to break into the field. And that’s exactly what you’ll get at Texas State Technical College.

TSTC is the single largest provider of aerospace programs in Texas. In fact, the college is one of just three schools in entire state to offer an FAA-approved associate degree in Aircraft Dispatch, as well as a certificate of completion.

With the largest airport in the U.S. operated by a public educational institution and an educational aviation history at TSTC dating back to 1968, students receive real-world experience that can provide you with the very best possible education – at a price you can afford!

What You’ll Do

  • Practice real-world scenarios on first-class flight simulators

  • Train and hone your knowledge in meteorology, radar and non-radar operations, airfield safety procedures and more

  • Study flight plans, operating procedures, charts and maps, fuel calculations, aircraft performance and other important functions

  • Learn from instructors with years of experience in the industry

TSTC’s Star Power Prep

  • Five semesters of intensive training on a working airport campus with operational control tower and dual runways, in addition to the academics and support courses you need to succeed 

  • High-tech hands-on practice on a comprehensive simulator suite that provides students with a virtual experience, simulating real-world conditions

  • FAA-approved curriculum that prepares you to take the agency’s Practical Test

  • Small class size with a strong one-on-one instructional approach

  • Access to TSTC’s Aerospace Center with new terminal facility, air traffic control tower and expanded programs (to open fall 2011)

  • Experienced staff with industry training – guided by an advisory board comprised of field experts.


TSTC’s Aircraft Dispatch faculty comes to the college with years of professional experience in their respective aviation fields.

Led by a host of experts from civil and military aviation backgrounds, TSTC’s instructors bring a combined experience of hundreds of years in aviation training to students.

Having worked in the field themselves, they know just what employers are seeking and how to equip you with the skills needed to have what it takes to succeed.

Job Credibility

Other degree plans within the Aviation program family can provide additional job credibility through certifications, club memberships and industry partnership opportunities.

TSTC Waco, for example, has a student chapter of Alpha Eta Rho, the international aviation fraternity. Aviation Mechanics have an opportunity to work with our industry partner, L-3 Platform Integration, through TSTC’s Aviation Career Education sponsorship program.

Additional aviation industry partnerships aid students as well, including APT’s First Officer program with the Texas Farm Bureau, and TSTC’s connections with American Eagle, Colgan Air and more.

Small Class Size

At TSTC, our Aircraft Dispatch Technology classes average 20 students per class to ensure instructors have plenty of time to work with each student.

Hands-on Learning

Compared to other colleges, TSTC students spend a lot less time in the classroom and much more time in work settings, operating the instruments they will use in their respective fields. Students spend more than 60 percent of their time learning by doing the actual work they will do upon graduating from college. It’s just one of the many ways TSTC ensures you get the strong training you need to succeed in your career choice.

You’ll also be exposed to established professionals through the program's industry partners and advisory committees. Professional organizations such as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Precision Machined Products Association, and the National Tooling and Machining Association offer additional networking opportunities.

Advisory Committee

TSTC’s strong programs match industry needs, making it easier for graduates to obtain jobs when it comes to hiring time.

How do we do this?

As industry professionals, our advisory committees assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can help ensure that what we teach matches what industry is seeking.

Combined with more than 60 percent of your class time spent on actual hands-on work in lab settings, and internship opportunities in actual working environments, it provides a compelling reason why employers are attracted to TSTC graduates.