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  • A College System Lets Students' Pay Determine Its Budget Requests
    Wednesday, October 15, 2014

    The idea of judging colleges by how well their graduates do in getting jobs, or what those jobs pay, makes plenty of institutions nervous. Not the Texas State Technical College system. The 12,000-student system likes the idea so much, in fact, that it now uses a simple formula weighing those factors to determine nearly all of the instructional money it requests from the state.

  • TSTC Funded Based On Alumni Employment, Wages
    Thursday, October 02, 2014

    Students who enroll in the Texas State Technical College system range from recent high school grads to older folks who've been out of school for years. But all of the students are trying to learn skillsets to improve their career opportunities, and usually, make more money. Last year the Texas Legislature changed the way TSTC is funded—no longer would the school be funded based on how many students were at the school or how long they stayed—but rather, the school would be rewarded for how much alumni wages are above the minimum wage.

  • TSTC featured by Texas Comptroller
    Monday, July 21, 2014

    One example the report explores is Texas employers providing on-site training in advanced welding techniques, thanks to a grant from the Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) Grant Program. The nearly 9,000 JET grant helped Texas State Technical College (TSTC) -- West Texas develop a completely self-contained trailer complete with eight workstations and a classroom.

  • Tech Jobs are on the Rise, and they are here in Texas
    Friday, July 11, 2014

    Technology jobs are on the rise. For the first time since U.S. News began publishing their annual job rankings, the No. 1 job overall isn't from the health care industry — it's a tech job.

  • TSTC students representing West Texas at national energy conference
    Wednesday, May 07, 2014

    TSTC West Texas students Trevor Reeves, Bobbie Guzman, Benjamin Guerra, Carl Mays, Josh Lacy, Jason Loveless, Hunter Harper, Rubicel Martinez, Armando Gurrola, Ross Weiner, Edwin Latimer, Rogelio Lopez, Havier Vargas are in Las Vegas for the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER conference. AWEA is sponsoring the students who are volunteering at the conference from May 5-8.

  • TSTC to host STEMsational summer camp
    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    Texas State Technical College is holding its annual STEMsational summer camp for students entering grades fourth through seventh on July 21-25, 2014. This year each day will have a theme:

  • TSTC awards scholarships to area high school students
    Friday, June 06, 2014

    Texas State Technical College has awarded scholarships to 39 high school students from ATEMS, Blanket, Breckenridge, Colorado City, Cisco, Early, Gorman, Graford, Hamlin, Jim Ned, Loraine, Roscoe and Sweetwater.

  • TSTC awards scholarships to area high school students
    Friday, June 06, 2014

    Texas State Technical College has awarded scholarships to 39 high school students from ATEMS, Blanket, Breckenridge, Colorado City, Cisco, Early, Gorman, Graford, Hamlin, Jim Ned, Loraine, Roscoe and Sweetwater.

  • SFD makes rescue truck demo for nursing students at TSTC
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

    Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden and firefighters Ronnie Stegge and Bryan Buckley of the Sweetwater Fire Department traveled to Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater to visit with students in the nursing program.

  • TSTC hosts Blossom event
    Monday, June 09, 2014

    Several girls from Sweetwater Middle School and Sweetwater High School attended the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) Blossom Conference at TSTC Sweetwater. The day consisted of a message from speaker, Elizabeth McCormick, a Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot, teambuilding activities and science and math activities.

  • The World's Brightest 5K is coming to TSTC
    Monday, June 23, 2014

    Come and participate in your local Color Dash on September 20, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. starting and ending at TSTC Sweetwater Campus. This fun, family-friendly event is going to be a big difference maker - it's YOUR CITY's Brightest 5k run/walk.

  • TSTC Culinary Institute announces classes available to the public
    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    The TSTC Culinary Institute has released the continuing education class schedule. These classes are open to the public. Please contact Cindy Brunett at 325.672.1590 or ckbrunett@tstc.edu. For more information, go to https://www.tstc.edu/westtexasce/culinaryce.

  • TSTC Culinary Institute announces classes available to the public
    Thursday, July 10, 2014

    The TSTC Culinary Institute has released the continuing education class schedule. These classes are open to the public. Please contact Cindy Brunett at 325.672.1590 or ckbrunett@tstc.edu. For more information, go to https://www.tstc.edu/westtexasce/culinaryce.

  • TSTC graduate hired at Violence Shelter in Brownwood
    Monday, May 12, 2014

    The ARK has also added a part time advocate, recent TSTC graduate Aimee Bigham

  • Employment outlook is bright for this spring's college grads
    Sunday, May 11, 2014

    This year’s college grads who are stressing about finding a job can take comfort that they didn’t graduate five years ago.

  • House Bill 5 Brings Opportunity for Technical Colleges
    Monday, April 21, 2014

    Higher education officials largely stayed on the sidelines last year when the Texas Legislature debated and ultimately passed a bill that led to a significant overhaul of the state’s high school curriculum.

  • NEEDED: A generation of welders, pipe-fitters, electricians, carpenters, machinists and other skilled tradesmen
    Monday, April 21, 2014

    In American high schools, it is becoming increasingly hard to defend the vanishing of shop class from the curriculum. The trend began in the 1970s, when it became conventional wisdom that a four-year college degree was essential. As Forbes magazine reported in 2012, 90% of shop classes have been eliminated for the Los Angeles unified school district's 660,000 students. Yet a 2012 Bureau of Labor Statistics study shows that 48% of all college graduates are working in jobs that don't require a four-year degree.

  • TSTC Student Government Spring cleaning Sweetwater
    Friday, March 21, 2014

    Shown are students in the Texas State Technical College Student Government Association in Sweetwater. The group picked up trash between Skeet's Texas Grill and K-Mart on Thursday to begin Spring cleaning Sweetwater on the first day of Spring.

  • 2014 TSTC Chancellor's Excellence Awards announced
    Monday, January 27, 2014

    (Sweetwater) — Texas State Technical College is honoring 14 members of its faculty and staff with the TSTC Chancellor’s Excellence Award.  Three employees from TSTC West Texas earned the award this year; Jay Burks, Welding Instructor; Ray Fried, Vice President of Administrative Services and Mayra Juarez, Assistant Financial Aid Officer. The TSTC Chancellor’s Award for Excellence was established to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of faculty and staff who serve the students of TSTC and the communities of Texas. In the announcement, TSTC Chancellor Michael Reeser said, “These individuals model excellence for us all, and they are recognized for both their sound character and for advancing TSTC's new direction. Due to their caring and dedicated efforts, we continue to make a difference in the success of our students.”

  • Business Consortium Partners with TSTC West Texas for Job-Training Grant
    Tuesday, March 18, 2014

    (Sweetwater) — – Buzzi Unicem USA, Ludlum Measurements Inc., UpWind Solutions Inc. and Wind Energy Turbine Services Inc. have partnered with Texas State Technical College West Texas (TSTC West Texas) to provide job training using a 5,052 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

  • TSTC Nursing program receives full approval from board
    Monday, March 10, 2014

    The Texas State Technical College West Texas LVN to RN program has received full approval from the Texas Board of Nursing. TSTC West Texas launched the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program in 2007. Since then, more than 120 students have graduated and are helping combat the nursing shortage in the West Texas region.

  • TSTC Flight School to Close
    Friday, February 21, 2014

    Texas State Technical College is closing their Air Academy on April 30.

    Dixon Bailey from TSTC said it's because the program was not meeting their mission, which is to help students earn high-scale, high-wage jobs upon completion of their courses.

    After 12 years of offering the Aircraft Pilot Training Program, Bailey said their research backs the decision.

  • Twenty-eight TSTC students receive T-STEM Scholarships
    Thursday, January 09, 2014

    (West Texas) — Texas State Technical College West Texas awarded T-STEM scholarships to twenty-eight students.

  • TSTC welcomes new instructors
    Thursday, November 21, 2013

    Texas State Technical College (TSTC) West Texas has hired two new instructors. James Beall has joined the Wind Energy Program and is teaching several subjects, including Electricity Principals and Wind Power Delivery. Beall received an Associates degree from TSTC in 2011, where he graduated with honors. "I'm looking forward to sharing my experiences and knowledge with my students," said Beall. "My goal is to get them properly trained and out into the work field." Beall lives in Sweetwater and has two children, Jason, 10 and Joseph, 9.

  • TSTC West Texas receives TWC funds for oil and gas workforce training
    Wednesday, November 20, 2013

    The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently awarded ,498,860 in Skills Development job training grants to eight community colleges across the state, including Texas State Technical College West Texas. These grants will help support the colleges’ ability to address the training needs of oil and gas exploration employers in the Cline and Permian Shales.
    “Establishing a pipeline of workers for oil and gas industry employers in these Shales will enable this region to continue to prosper,” said state Rep. Tryon Lewis. “We are pleased that these colleges will be able to use the state’s investment to enhance their training opportunities to meet the demand for workers with needed skills.”

  • TSTC Nursing provides on-site medical assistance at Komen 3-day in Dallas
    Saturday, November 23, 2013

    Twenty-two Texas State Technical College West Texas nursing students, plus faculty attended the Komen 3-day in Dallas. They worked to provide medical assistance to the attendees as well as volunteers. The group slept in on-site tents for the duration of the event. The Associate Degree Nursing students, who are already Licensed Vocational Nurses, volunteered to function as nursing/medical staff while gaining leadership clinical experience. The group attended a medical training workshop last month in preparation for the event where more than 1,200 walkers participated this year.

  • Fall 2013 Graduation rescheduled
    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    The Fall 2013/Spring 2014 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center. Fall graduates will be listed in the program and Fall Graduation Speakers will be given the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Fall 2013 class.

  • Relay For Life a huge success
    Sunday, November 03, 2013

    There were many changes at the Relay For Life of Nolan County this year. It was in the fall, not spring; indoors, not outside at the track field; and all day, not all night! The one thing that didn’t change was the amazing support from the community and the power of hope.

  • Area schools participate in BEST Robotics competition
    Thursday, October 31, 2013

    The Big Country BEST Robotics competition took place Saturday Texas State Technical College West Texas in Sweetwater. This year’s theme was "Gatekeeper" and 13 area teams participated including included ATEMS, Ballinger ISD, Colorado Middle School, Comanche High School, Gustine High School, Highland High School, Jim Ned High School, Potter's Hand Christian School, Rising Star High School, Robert Lee High School, Roscoe Collegiate High School, Sweetwater High School and Sweetwater Middle School.

  • TSTC Health Fair next week
    Wednesday, October 30, 2013

    Texas State Technical College Sweetwater campus will again play host to the annual Nolan County Health Fair. The event, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Student Center, will feature approximately 40 Big Country area vendors.

  • TSTC students assist City
    Friday, October 18, 2013

    The TSTC (Texas State Technical College) Student Government recently assisted the City of Sweetwater by painting trash barrels at Newman Park and painting parking rails at the SNAP (Senior Nutrition Activities Program) building.

  • SEED hosts students, tours TSTC Energy Division
    Monday, October 21, 2013

    The two-day event kicked off on Friday morning, October 11 as the group was welcomed by Smith and Ken Becker, Executive Director of SEED, at their office. The tour then extended to the local TSTC (Texas State Technical College) campus, when an energy education programs tour was given by Keith Plantier, Director of Wind Energy and Glen Bedgood, Director of Industrial Training.

  • TSTC sees increase due to oil industry training programs
    Thursday, September 19, 2013

    Texas State Technical College West Texas and Cisco College have seen big increases in their technical programs related to the oil industry.

  • New Program Aims to Properly Train Commercial Truck Drivers
    Thursday, September 05, 2013

    A new C.D.L. Program at T.S.T.C. is helping to properly train truck drivers due to increasing demand.

    Inexperienced truck drivers are taking the wheel, but that's also leading to an increase in rollovers and spills.

  • TSTC West Texas featured on the hit show Storage Wars Texas
    Thursday, September 05, 2013

    The hit show Storage Wars Texas filmed a segment for the current season at Texas State Technical College West Texas.

  • TSTC Culinary grad nabs first place honors in Lubbock cook-off
    Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Silvas grew up in the restaurant industry in Sweetwater at his family’s restaurant, Casa Morales. He received his culinary training from Texas State Technical College in Abilene, studying under Chef Coby Bauman and “Chopped” winner, Chef Sandy Davis, where he graduated at the top of his class. Silvas has worked with Chef Tom Perini and Master Chef Jacques Pepin at the Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Festival and was recently awarded a silver medal at the 16th annual Wine and Chocolate Fantasia event in Lubbock. Currently, Silvas oversees production and presentation of more than 3,500 events annually at Top Tier Catering at Texas Tech.

  • Big Country Journal: TSTC offers 'Texas tea' safety certifications
    Wednesday, August 21, 2013

    SWEETWATER — You too can be a snubber.

    With the coming of the Cline Shale boom, the Petroleum Education Council and Texas State Technical College West Texas have teamed up to offer certification courses for folks wanting to work in the oil field but don’t know where to start. Classes start Sept. 9 at the Sweetwater campus.

    Dixon Bailey, TSTC West Texas vice president of workforce development, said the new curriculum is for people who want something better.

  • New exhibit by TSTC digital art graduate at Abilene's Center for Contemporary Arts
    Wednesday, August 14, 2013

    If the images on the walls in the Emerging Artists Gallery look like something out of a video game, that’s all good.

    “Conceptual Design,” a new exhibit by Jarrad Hamilton at the Center for Contemporary Arts, was created almost completely using Hamilton’s Wacom digital art tablet.

    As the exhibit’s title suggests, most of the work is concept art, with subjects ranging from weapons to characters to environmental design.

    Prehistoric beasts and futuristic costumes also are part of the show, but so are some of Hamilton’s fine art pieces.

  • TSTC Aviation Technology Program Won't Be Scaled Back Anytime Soon
    Thursday, August 15, 2013

     Texas State Technical College systems Aviation Technology program won't face any budget cuts anytime soon. American Eagle partners up with TSTC to craft the program that has been going on for 20 years. The demand for aviation technicians has increased for American Eagle, right here in the Big Country, and they are even hiring some of the students before they graduate. The aviation program is two years for a cost of around 12,000-14,000 dollars.

  • TSTC students get real world experience on new ambulance simulator
    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    The Emergency Medical Service program at Texas State Technical College provides students with hands-on first responder skills.
    The program received a new ambulance simulator complete with all the bells and whistles to provide a realistic first responder experience.

    "We have some of the same action areas that are in the back of the ambulance, the bench and the cabinets, so the students gets that real feeling of actually being in an ambulance while their running the simulated call," TSTC EMS Program Chair Andy Weaver said.

  • T.S.T.C "Blossom" day-camp teaches girl power in science and tech careers
    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Women can do anything that men can do.
    That's what the Texas State Technical College taught teen girls on Tuesday at the Abilene aviation hangar. T.S.T.C. exposed girls 13 and older to S.T.E.M. in their "Blossom" program. S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. 

  • Former Black Hawk pilot encourages Abilene teens
    Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Believing the best in themselves and doing whatever they could to reach their dreams was the constant theme former Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot Elizabeth McCormick gave to the attentive teenage girls.

    McCormick, who lives in the Dallas area, spoke to girls attending the free daylong “BLOSSOM: STEM in Bloom” program at Texas State Technical College West Texas’ Abilene and Sweetwater campuses Tuesday. Today, she’s scheduled to talk at 9 a.m. at the TSTC Brownwood campus and at 12:30 p.m. at the college’s Breckenridge campus.

  • TSTC to offer Microsoft Office Short Courses this summer, one class begin Monday
    Saturday, June 22, 2013

    This summer, the Sweetwater campus of TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas, located at 300 Homer K. Taylor Drive, will be offering Microsoft Office Short Courses from June 24 until July 26. All of the courses will be offered in the Pevehouse Building in Room 210.

  • TSTC Hosts Photography Contest
    Friday, June 21, 2013

    This summer, the Sweetwater campus of TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas, located at 300 Homer K. Taylor Drive, will be offering Microsoft Office Short Courses from June 24 until July 26. All of the courses will be offered in the Pevehouse Building in Room 210.

  • Wind turbines have fail-safe mechanism for strong gusts
    Thursday, June 20, 2013

    It was a good thing winds up to 80 mph that blew through Abilene on Monday didn’t produce that level of power left for the outskirts of Taylor and Nolan counties, where many wind turbines are located.

    A turbine may not be able to handle winds at great speeds, but the perfect speed can produce great amounts of energy, according to Keith Plantier, instruction director for energy systems at Texas State Technical College.

  • TSTC to offer Microsoft Office short courses this summer
    Monday, June 03, 2013

    This summer, the Sweetwater campus of TSTC (Texas State Technical College) West Texas, located at 300 Homer K. Taylor Drive, will be offering Microsoft Office Short Courses starting on June 17 until July 28. All of the courses will be offered in the Graphics Building in Room 107.

  • To meet area demand, TSTC West Texas adds 20 new slots to fall ADN program
    Wednesday, June 05, 2013

    (West Texas) – Texas State Technical College West Texas is now accepting students into the Associates Degree Nursing (ADN) program this Fall for the first time. Traditionally, the college has had only two entrance periods per year. Due to of the high demand for qualified nurses, TSTC West Texas will take in additional cohort of 20 students this fall

  • TSTC West Texas receives 65,000 for scholarships
    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    (West Texas) -  Texas State Technical College West Texas was awarded ,000 for scholarships from The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for new and returning students. This grant has been awarded to fund scholarships for students in Texas – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) related programs. Applications for a T-STEM scholarship are now available at westtexas.tstc.edu. Click on the button at the bottom of the homepage and follow the directions on the application. Application deadline is July 17, 2013. These scholarships will be available to be used in the Fall 2013 semester for students enrolled in the following programs: Computer Networking Systems & Administration, Computer Science Database & Web Programming, Environmental Science Technology, Wind Energy & Turbine Technology, Air Conditioning Technology, Applied Engineering Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting & Design, Energy Management and Emergency Medical Technology. The T-STEM scholarships are available for qualifying students at all four TSTC West Texas locations.

  • Flying: Weather determines whether your head is in the clouds or you’ll stay grounded
    Wednesday, May 01, 2013

    Planes and pilots are all over the Big Country and they're paying attention to the weather.

    With our ever-changing West Texas weather, though, it's important to know how the two are related.

    One of the more obvious elements is thunderstorms. "There's hail, there's tornadoes, there's microbursts, there's severe turbulence and it's just bad for everybody" says Dan Kenley, Chief Flight Instructor with TSTC.

  • TSTC, LMI to host summer robotics camp
    Tuesday, May 07, 2013

    TSTC (Texas State Technical College) and Ludlum Measurements are presenting a Summer Robotics Camp from June 3-6, 2013 at The Center on the TSTC Sweetwater campus for students entering grades four through seven.
    Participants can experience the wonder and excitement of designing and programming robots in a collegial environment, while also choosing to experience other fun activities that include art, math, medicine or technology.
    Sessions are broken into half-day and full-day camps so that students can select the best choice for them. Everyone will receive a free t-shirt and goodie bag.

  • Competitive brothers push each other to lead TSTC class
    Thursday, April 25, 2013

    Dissatisfied working for his uncle’s pest control company, Andrew Grant listened to a friend rave about Texas State Technical College’s wind energy and turbine technology program.

    Grant, 25, took his friend’s recommendation and enrolled in the program in January 2012, along with his 20-year-old brother, Wes Grant, who was open to a change after attending Tarleton State University for three semesters.

  • West Texans Supporting West, Texas
    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    TSTC West Texas is currently accepting donatations of water, Gatorade, non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby wipes, baby items, blankets, towels, wash rags and clothing & shoes for men, woman & children, etc. for those effected are being accepted at the Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater campuses. TSTC employees are there to assist you.

  • Disaster relief for West, Texas
    Thursday, April 18, 2013

    TSTC West Texas is now collecting donations for those affected by the disaster in West, Texas. The donations will be delivered to the area on Friday, April 26. The public is encouraged to drop-off any donations at your local TSTC campus (details below). Items needed include water, Gatorade, non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby wipes, baby items, blankets, towels, wash rags and clothing & shoes for men, woman & children, etc.
    TSTC Abilene Phi Theta Kappa and Student Government Association will be accepting donations at the Abilene campus from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. this Saturday, April 20.

  • TSTC moves ahead with in-demand oil certificate while searching for instructor
    Wednesday, April 17, 2013

    With Cline Shale oil field activity expected to increase, Texas State Technical College West Texas has designed a new downhole tool technician certificate program aimed at meeting the demand for workers.

    Pending approval from the Texas Education Coordinating Board, the college’s Sweetwater campus will start offering the 15-week class with the fall semester on Aug. 26.

  • Area high school welding students competed in Brownwood for prizes, TSTC scholarships
    Monday, March 25, 2013

    Usually, when sparks fly during a contest, they’re not real sparks. But in a welding competition, the metaphor becomes reality.

    Five Big Country high schools brought the heat Friday to the Texas State Technical College campus here for the 2013 Welding Competition. It was the fourth year for the contest.

  • Abilene holds advantage in Cline Shale formation, summit told
    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    SWEETWATER — Although Taylor County is not one of the areas listed on the Cline Shale map, an energy industry executive said its county seat, Abilene, will be a major player should the oil boom live up to its potential.

    Kirk Edwards, president of Las Colinas Energy Partners and ex-chairman of the El Paso branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said some of the possible pitfalls of the Cline Shale formation will be the lack of infrastructure in the area.

  • Big Country Journal: Text simulator drives home hazards to students
    Wednesday, February 20, 2013

    BRECKENRIDGE — Those deer were certainly inconsiderate, couldn’t they see he was texting?

    “There was three of them, I took two out. I just made the road safer for other drivers,” joked Michael Reddin, 38.

    How did he miss the third one?

    “He was fast,” Reddin quipped.

  • Downtown pizza shop, bakery among new businesses opening in Abilene
    Thursday, February 28, 2013

    ABILENE, Texas - The old becomes new, and we're getting a preview of what's yet to come by way of some new businesses in Abilene.



  • TSTC to display mobile welding lab
    Friday, March 01, 2013

    Texas State Technical College West Texas will display the college's new mobile welding lab during Spring Preview this Saturday in Sweetwater. This state-of-the-art tool is a self-contained lab/classroom. The mobile lab was designed and fabricated to allow TSTC West Texas to take welding instruction to remote locations to serve both industry and educational institutions. It is this flexibility that allows the school to customize training to fit the customer’s needs.

  • Son teaches mother how to soar through TSTC program
    Sunday, March 10, 2013

    With an older sister who flies and a son who is a flight instructor for the Abilene campus of Texas State Technical College, Sara Core was having a harder time foregoing her lifetime dream of flying.

    But being busy with family and career obligations didn’t allow time for Core to pursue her aviation aspirations.

  • Students Use Simulator to Learn the Dangers of Texting and Driving
    Tuesday, February 19, 2013

    It's a widespread concern that continues to grow at an alarming rate.

    A mistake that could ultimately take someone's life. That's why a program known as Texas Reality Education for Drivers, or RED, is visiting our local TSTC campuses and their bringing a unique piece of technology along with them

    And with spring just right around the corner, Worley says it's also the most dangerous time of the year for young drivers and distracted related accidents.

    While no one plans to be in a vehicle crash, the decisions you make while behind the wheel can end up changing your future forever.

  • TSTC receives scholarship donation
    Wednesday, February 06, 2013

    Windpower engineering and development, a key aspect to the first wind technician conference that was held at Texas State Technical College Sweetwater in November, recently donated ,500 to TSTC's Wind Technology Scholarship fund.

    "This donation to the scholarship fund will allow several students to achieve their dream of working in this booming field," said Keith Plantier, director of energy systems for TSTC West Texas.

  • Kids of Big Country college workers enjoy having parents on campus
    Wednesday, February 06, 2013

    Pam Marler has worked at Texas State Technical College Abilene for 12 years as the grant assistant. She and her daughter, Devin, both attend TSTC. Marler is studying for a degree in computer science database and web programming, while Devin is studying digital arts. Both are on track to graduate together this year.

  • Eight TSTC West Texas employees honored with Chancellor Award
    Wednesday, February 06, 2013

    Texas State Technical College announced that 20 members of its faculty and staff received the TSTC Chancellor’s Excellence Award. Eight employees from TSTC West Texas earned the award this year. The TSTC Chancellor’s Award for Excellence was established to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of faculty and staff who serve the students of TSTC and the communities of Texas, those whose demonstrated commitment to excellence makes a difference in the lives of others. As the award has evolved, recipients are also acknowledged for service as change agents in advancement of New Paradigm initiatives.

  • In the math of education, two years sometimes is worth more than four years
    Wednesday, January 02, 2013

    Want a solid, middle-class salary straight out of college? Skip the last two years.
    A site that analyzes state-level data of how much people earn a year after graduating college found some counterintuitive results: Certain students who earn associate’s degrees can get higher salaries than graduates of four-year programs — sometimes thousands of dollars more.

  • TSTC employees, fitness center members participate in Goodfellows toy drive
    Saturday, December 08, 2012

    On Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 5, Texas State Technical College of Sweetwater employees and Fitness Center members met to collect toys and food for the Sweetwater Goodfellows. TSTC’s Staff Senate hosted the get together and served cookies and hot chocolate. Staff Senate President Kathy Hickson stated, “This year’s event was very successful and we appreciate those who were able to donate.” Pictured from left to right are (back row) Nick Alvarado, Mike Haigood, Irene Gill, Jeff Howard, Sherrie Parks, Kay Kidd, Richard Chambers, (front row) Joni Coons, Kathy Hickson, Teresa Adames, Lupe Acosta, Trish Haigood, Lupe Navarrette and Maria Aguirre-Acuña.

  • TSTC Brownwood Students Receive Awards
    Tuesday, December 11, 2012

    The Texas State Technical College Brownwood campus honored students last Friday in an awards convocation prior to this week’s graduation.

    Graduating students were presented with awards during the convocation in nursing, welding, business, software, and special awards.

  • TSTC pinning ceremony scheduled for Friday
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012



    ABILENE — The Texas State Technical College West Texas School of Nursing will be holding a pinning ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, to honor the 18 Fall 2012 Associates Degree Nursing Graduates. The ceremony will be in Auxiliary B of the Shelton Building at Hendrick Medical Center.


  • TSTC West Texas graduates 166 in Fall 2012 ceremony
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    On Friday evening, 166 graduates will walk across the stage, most already placed in the Texas workforce, supporting our local and state economies.
    The ceremony will take place on Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Abilene Civic Center at 7:00 p.m.

  • Yarbrough turns life around to graduate from TSTC
    Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    The absolute bottom for former drug addict Christina Yarbrough was when she was arrested and spent four of her 13-month sentence in jail in 2004. She was guilty of possessing methamphetamine inside a drug-free zone when she lived next to the former Lincoln Middle School in Abilene.

  • Emergency Responders Take Rescue To New Heights
    Wednesday, December 05, 2012

    It's as close to reality as it gets.

    At least when it comes to emergency training.

    "This is good training there are reasons that we do training," said Grant Madden, Sweetwater Fire Chief, "this is going to happen eventually."

  • Technicians gathered at hands-on wind energy event
    Wednesday, December 05, 2012

    On Thursday, Nov. 28, wind energy technicians of every level arrived at the Texas State Technical College West Texas campus in Sweetwater for a two-day hands-on training event.

  • Wind Industry: Sustaining Jobs with a Steady Breeze
    Friday, November 30, 2012

    Wind turbines are the perfect backdrop for students working their way towards a sustainable career, which is exactly what motivates Josh Lacy to stay focused on his education.

    "I have a lot of friends who dropped out of school and went to work in the oil fields, and they're actually making a lot of money. But, as a wind tech, I see it as more of a long term thing. Oil isn't always going to be there, and wind will", says Lacy, TSTC student.

  • Training plan has merit
    Monday, December 03, 2012

    One of the frustrating things about periods of high unemployment is that there usually are lots of jobs available. Many of those jobs require workers with skills so specific that employers will only consider applicants who carry recognized certification of their abilities.

    And there are people who have experience in the tasks necessary for those jobs but fall short of the certification requirements.

  • TSTC West Texas earns 100% pass rate, leads to approval RN Nursing Program status change
    Friday, October 19, 2012

    Earlier in the year, Texas State Technical College West Texas was facing big problems. The Texas Board of Nursing issued the school's registered nursing program a conditional approval status.

    That program is no longer under fire.  After turning out a succesful graduating class in August, the program is now boasting a 100%  pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam.

    Under the conditional approval status, the school was not permitted to admit new students.

    "We had a challenge a few years ago with a few students not passing the NCLEX exam and we have clearly remedied that," said Hannah Love, Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Human Resources for the school.

  • BEST Robotics tomorrow at TSTC
    Friday, October 19, 2012

    The Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics competition will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20. A record number of area teams will competition on in The Center at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater. BEST works to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology and math through participation in a sports-like science- and engineering-based robotics competition. This year’s theme is Outer Space, which is sure to spark tons of creative robots.

  • Two local teams advancing to regional robotics competition
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    The Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics competition took place on Saturday, Oct. 20. A record number of area teams participated in the competition at The Center at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater. Advancing to the regional competition in Dallas Nov. 9-10 are Sweetwater (winner of the Robotics competition), ATEMS and Roscoe Collegiate (first and second place winners of the BEST award).

  • Sweetwater, ATEMS shine at robotics event
    Wednesday, October 24, 2012

    Sweetwater High School's team won the robotics award and the team Abilene's Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math & Science captured the BEST Award at the Boosting Engineering Science and Technology Robotics Competition Saturday at Texas State Technical College's Sweetwater campus.

    A record 13 teams participated, including two junior highs and a middle school.

  • TSTC West Texas nursing readies Abilene State Supported Living Center employees for flu season
    Thursday, October 25, 2012

    Texas State Technical College West Texas’ vocational nursing students from Breckenridge and Sweetwater campuses administered approximately 600 flu vaccines to the Abilene State Supported Living Center's employees on Oct. 3 and 4.

  • TSTC Culinary Institute: Students open restaurant for lunch, dinner today
    Monday, October 29, 2012

    The newest restaurant in Abilene opens today for lunch. And, if all goes well, will be out of business Dec. 5.

    The Texas State Technical College Culinary Institute Gallery Event, a student-operated restaurant, will serve lunch and dinner Tuesdays and Wednesdays over the next six weeks, with the exception of Thanksgiving week. The meals, served at the TSTC culinary kitchen in the T&P building on North First Street, are by reservations only, which can be made online at culinaryinstitute.tstc.edu/events or by calling 325-670-9240.

    The 13 culinary students will run the restaurant, although chefs from TSTC will not be too far away.

  • TSTC Culinary Institute: Student chefs must mix pinch of criticism in the recipe
    Monday, October 29, 2012

    Jerica Bills was finishing cleaning the kitchen at the Texas State Culinary Institute last week, knowing that by the same time the next week things wouldn't be nearly as laid back.

    Bills and the other 12 culinary students at TSTC will be running a restaurant at the T&P building on North First Street on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting today through Dec. 5. Both lunch and dinner will be served. That prospect caused Bills, who will graduate from the Culinary Institute later in December, to run the gamut of emotions.

  • TSTC West Texas honored at Business Mercado
    Monday, October 15, 2012

    Texas State Technical College West Texas received an award from The Hispanic Business Council and Abilene Chamber of Commerce for five years of building bridges.
    Kim Porter and Nick Alvarado accepted the award from Business Mercado Co-Chairs David Hernandez and Jesse Cardenas.

  • Last practice day for 13 area high school teams is Saturday
    Friday, October 12, 2012

    The Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics competition is drawing near. A record number of area teams will competition on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater. BEST works to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology and math through participation in a sports-like science — and engineering-based robotics competition. This year’s theme is Outer Space, which is sure to spark tons of creative robots.

  • TSTC looking to get involved in Oil and Gas
    Friday, October 12, 2012

    Regarding oil and gas, the local TSTC (Texas State Technical College) campus is looking at getting involved in the industry by providing short-term and long-term training. Representatives with the college are expected to attend the November SEED meeting--set for November 12--to further discuss the matter.

  • TSTC West Texas participates in TCMN conference
    Tuesday, October 09, 2012

    Nolan County cities Roscoe and Sweetwater are members of Texas Midwest Community Network. The organization hosts the 19th Annual Texas Midwest Conference, Oct. 17, at the Abilene Civic Center. The conference will offer solutions for challenges communities face today and in the future.
    TMCN is the only regional organization of its kind in the state. The annual conference is the only event in the region to provide access in one day to numerous agencies, organizations and businesses that provide resources and services to rural communities. The most valuable aspect of the conference is the networking among community representatives as they share successes as well as insights to challenges they have overcome.

  • TSTC chef featured at State Fair
    Tuesday, October 09, 2012

    Denise Shavandy, a Texas State Technical College culinary institute chef instructor in Abilene, recently dished up a special Texas style dish at the State Fair in Dallas, which runs through Oct. 21. Shavandy was featured in the Celebrity Kitchen where she cooked in a full kitchen, and starred in a one-hour demonstration, followed by a tasting of her Dr Pepper Braised Pork Belly with Jicama Apple Slaw & Chipotle Mayo in a taco.

  • TSTC to host team challenge cook-off
    Friday, October 05, 2012

    Texas State Technical College will host a team challenge cook-off on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.
    The cook-off is open to all TSTC West Texas students and employees. Team members must consist of three students and one employee.

  • TSTC West Texas supports #teamrobin, featured on Good Morning America
    Friday, October 05, 2012

    Texas State Technical College West Texas’ Team Robin photo was featured on Good Morning American Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, as well as the GMA website, facebook and twitter page. The photograph was submitted in support of the Team Robin movement, honoring Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts who is currently on medical leave. TSTC West Texas has many employees that have personal stories of survival and wanted to participate in the #teamrobin movement to show support for all those fighting cancer. TSTC West Texas employees Tad Baird and Tim Davidson made wooden sign that was raised for the group photograph taken during TSTC West Texas’ annual Development Day. Those employees gathered around the sign are TSTC West Texas employees that are currently fighting or are cancer survivors.

  • TSTC STUDENTS ATTEND AUSTIN EVENT
    Tuesday, October 02, 2012

    Texas State Technical College West Texas chemical dependency counseling students attended the second Big Texas Rally for Recovery on Saturday in Austin. The group traveled to take part in the rally that highlighted the importance of recovery across the state.

  • TSTC West Texas awarded Military Friendly Schools Title for third straight year
    Tuesday, October 02, 2012

    Texas State Technical College West Texas has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list for the third straight year.

    The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

  • Area campuses registering student voters
    Monday, September 24, 2012

    Big Country colleges and universities are giving students chances to register to vote in time for the Nov. 6 presidential election.

  • 3rd Annual Balloon Launch on Thursday
    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    The TSTC REACH Club will host the 3rd Annual Balloon Launch and Lunch on Thursday, September 27 at 11:30 a.m.

    The event will take place in the TSTC Abilene Conference Center.

    Come and hear wonderful recovery stories from folks as well as enjoy lunch and the balloon launch.

    You can learn more about REACH by visiting their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TSTCWestTexas.

  • Required meningitis vaccine has little effect on dual-enrollment high school students
    Thursday, September 27, 2012

    The costly, required meningococcal vaccine isn't adversely affecting dual-enrollment for high school students taking college courses, Big Country education officials at secondary and higher education institutions say.

    The law now requires students under 30 who attend college classes to show proof at least 10 days before the first day of the first semester that they've had an initial meningitis vaccine or a booster dose in the last five ye

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  • An Expiring Tax Credit Threatens the Wind Power Industry
    Friday, September 14, 2012

    When Brad Sawyer graduates next spring from Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater, he hopes to get a job as a wind turbine technician, working on the towering three-bladed machines that dot the West Texas countryside.

  • Big Country colleges tout high job-placement rates
    Friday, September 14, 2012

    With college seniors struggling to find work after graduation in an uncertain economy, Big Country universities and colleges are touting their ability to buck the national trend.

  • Tarleton State, TSTC increase fall enrollments; other Big Country schools decline
    Thursday, September 13, 2012

    Texas State Technical College West Texas is the only other Big Country higher education campus to increase its enrollment this fall with 1,049 students

  • New outcomes-based funding model in use at TSTC West Texas
    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    As far as Texas State Technical College West Texas is concerned, it's not about the number of students enrolled in its programs or campuses; it's about how many actually finish their courses and get jobs using what they have learned.

    The Texas State Technical College System received a mandate from the Texas Legislature last year to devise a funding formula that rewards "job placement and graduate earnings projections, not time in training."

  • Retiring Texas State Technical College West Texas faculty and staff
    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    Retiring Texas State Technical College West Texas faculty and staff are Shelia Stroman (from), James Butler and Patti Dickens. Sandra Cantrell is not pictured.


  • Labor Day was no holiday for students and faculty at Abilene's colleges and universities
    Tuesday, September 04, 2012

    Unlike many people who enjoyed the Labor Day holiday by not working, students at Abilene Christian, Hardin-Simmons and McMurry universities, and Cisco College attended classes Monday. And, the faculty and staff were on duty, obviously. Texas State Technical College was closed.










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