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  • TSTC has four colleges – including campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Harlingen, Hutto, Ingleside, Marshall, Red Oak, Richmond, Sweetwater, and Waco.

  • TSTC competitors, in 2014, brought home 59 State medals and five national medals in SkillsUSA competitions. TSTC has competed for 34 years consecutive years and has won more medals than all other two-year technical colleges combined for a total of 47 Bronze, 46 Silver and 27 Gold meda championships.
  • TSTC colleges consistently rank in the top colleges in the state and nation for conferring associate degrees in engineering, precision production, computer information systems, computer & information sciences, and enrollment of Hispanic students. Since the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers report’s inception, TSTC has ranked number one in one or more of these categories in the state numerous times and has stayed consistently on the top 50 list in nearly every category for which it is eligible.

  • TSTC Waco, in the 2013 Community College Week's Top 100 Associate Degree Producer report, ranked number one in Texas for graduating the most students in the categories of precision production, engineering technologies/engineering-related fields, and computer & information sciences & support services. In both 2012 and 2013 the college ranked third in the nation for engineering-related associate degrees.

  • TSTC graduates are highly valued by business and industry for their work ethic, knowledge, and workplace skills.

  • TSTC as a system has, since 2009, generated a 32% increase in graduates and a 36% increase in job placements. The combined first year earnings of TSTC graduates is projected to surpass $55 million in new salaries for Texas—a 54% increase over the last four years.

  • TSTC leads in forecasting emerging technical training needs for all two-year colleges in Texas, thus, helping to ensure a skilled workforce for the global economy.

  • TSTC has a graduate-reported success rate of 83.5%, that is, they are employed in their field of training, continuing their education, or serving in the military. 

  • TSTC offers more than 151 Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees and certificates and has produced more than 97,260 graduates in its 49-year history. TSTC Harlingen also offers seven Associate of Science (AS) degrees in biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, nursing preparatory and health professions.

  • TSTC offers seven Associate of Science (AS) degrees at TSTC Harlingen in biology, computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, nursing preparatory, and health professions to benefit students who choose to transfer to four-year universities or go directly into the workforce.

  • TSTC’s Academic Core at TSTC Harlingen will substitute for the Academic Core at any Texas public college or university.

  • TSTC serves students from 200 of the 254 Texas counties, with the vast majority of these counties being in rural areas, which lack access to other institutions of higher education or workforce trainin

  • TSTC students are a diverse group demographically. They are 65.7% minority (56.91% Hispanic, 8.60% black, 0.19% other minorities) and 34.3% white. The student body is comprised of 39.83% females and 60.17% males. 

  • TSTC graduates are also diverse, with 51.75% being minority students (40.57% Hispanic, 8.1% black, and 0.19% other minorities) and 48.25% being white.

  • TSTC students often come from a lower socio-economic level than most Texans. The average TSTC student on financial aid comes from a family whose household income averages $24,893. The Texas median income for a family of four is $65,875. 

  • TSTC students are often from educationally-challenged backgrounds. More than 29.5% require remediation upon enrollment, and 62.68% are economically disadvantaged, requiring financial aid.

  • TSTC students consistently earn awards at local, state, regional, and national competitions related to their educational programs.

  • TSTC tuition and fees average $9,200, compared to $37,000 for an associate degree at proprietary schools.

  • TSTC is one of Texas’ best investments.

Revised: January 2014

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