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

In the 50 short years since Theodore Maiman demonstrated the first laser, the uses for this amazing instrument have quite literally skyrocketed.  The potential for its application by agencies such as NASA is astounding. 

Known commonly by its acronym, LASER, the Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation continues to be an amazing discovery.  According to techradar.com, some of the mind-boggling uses being developed for laser beams include a holographic optical disc, atom-teasing optical tweezers and even the creation of stars on Earth.  While those may be years away from any real practical use there are common uses today that are just as astounding, such as treating cancer tumors, undergoing delicate eye surgery while you’re awake and many military applications.

In 1969, Texas State Technical College established the first laser electro-optics program of its kind in the nation. It features lab equipment valued at more than $40 million. Today the program continues to lend TSTC’s technical advantage to its graduates working in some of the most respected research and development labs in the nation.

What you’ll do!

  • Learn in the college’s industry-standard labs on equipment valued at more than $40 million including vacuum systems, electronic support systems, lasers and optics, semiconductors and much more.   
  • Master the skills necessary to work in areas such as research and development.    
  • Gain the knowledge you need from faculty who have actually worked in the field they are teaching!   
  • Learn to use the software systems utilized in the industry.

TSTC’s star power prep

  • Five semesters of intensive educational training utilizing the college’s vast amount of equipment valued at more than $40 million.

  • State of the art $450,000 clean room

  • Faculty who have years of experience in the field

  • A well-rounded curriculum guided by an industry advisory committee

  • Benefit from the college's partnership with the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, or OP-TEC, one of just nine such colleges in the nation to partner with the center.


In addition to the necessary education, TSTC’s Laser Electro-Optics faculty members come to the college with years of professional experience in their fields. Several hold membership in SPIE, an international society advancing light-based research 

 TSTC’s faculty members continually gain technical knowledge, and keep up-to-date on the latest developments in the nanotechnology field, with ties to organizations such as the Optical Society of America and the Laser Institute of America.   

Small class size

At TSTC, our Laser 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 are engaged more than 60 percent of their time in performing 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 laser electro-optics career.

Added Benefits

TSTC students also gain a technical advantage from the college's partnership with the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, or OP-TEC, one of just nine such colleges in the nation to partner with the center. 

 TSTC has a strong partnership with Baylor University and the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research, actually located on the TSTC campus.

 Students in the program also have the opportunity to network with industry professionals through the program's Advisory Committee, as well as with the program's Photonics Club. After entering the field, graduates are encouraged to join organizations such as the International Association of Nanotechnology and the Nanotechnology Industries Association.

Advisory Committee

With an advisory committee consisting of current laser and photonic professionals, who meet at least annually to direct the program’s curriculum, TSTC ensures its program matches industry needs. This partnership makes it easier for TSTC graduates to be work ready and obtain jobs when the time comes to search for a professional position. Many major companies understand the important part they play by serving on a TSTC advisory committee.  

 Education by employer design!  As laser and photonic professionals, our advisory committee members assist the college in determining the courses you study, providing a valuable advantage. They can ensure that what we teach matches what their industry is seeking.