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Stacey Gonzales

Education & Training rising starTSTC degree preceded high school diploma

Stacey Lee Gonzalez of San Benito became the first student at Texas State Technical College to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree before a high school diploma.

She took dual enrollment courses in basic studies at TSTC Harlingen and participated in an internship through the San Benito school district’s “Ready, Set, Teach” program.

“The internship and TSTC classes allowed me to become well rounded in ways to help students. I got increasingly involved and from there my natural passion for teaching took off,” she explained. “Everyone in the Education & Training Program was excited and they were very accommodating in helping me get to where I am now.”

The AAS degree helped Gonzalez save two years of time and college tuition. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (early childhood through sixth grade teacher certification) through TSTC’s Joint-Enrollment Program with Texas A&M University-Kingsville. President of A&M-Kingsville Dr. Stephen Tarrant highlighted her accomplishments during his commencement address.


Education & Training, Associate of Applied Science degree

TSTC Harlingen, Spring 2010

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