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Created by Texas for Texans

We aren’t your typical college. We were founded in 1965 as the most sophisticated technical vocational institute in the country. Since our founding, we’ve worked closely with industry to ensure our graduates get the skills they need.
We aren’t your typical college. We were founded in 1965 as the most sophisticated technical vocational institute in the country. Since our founding, we’ve worked closely with industry to ensure our graduates get the skills they need.
Committed to your success.

Our mission &
commitment

Mission statement

The Texas State Technical College System mission is published in Vernon’s Texas Education Code Section 135.01:

  • Texas State Technical College System is a coeducational two-year institution of higher education offering courses of study in technical vocational education for which there is demand within the State of Texas. Texas State Technical College System shall contribute to the educational and economic development of the State of Texas by offering occupationally oriented programs with supporting academic course work, emphasizing highly specialized advanced and emerging technical and vocational areas for certificates or associate degrees.
  • The Texas State Technical College System is authorized to serve the State of Texas through excellence in instruction, public service, faculty and manpower research, and economic development. The system’s economic development efforts to improve the competitiveness of Texas business and industry include exemplary centers of excellence in technical program clusters on the system’s campuses and support of educational research commercialization initiatives.
  • Through close collaboration with business, industry, governmental agencies, and communities, including public and private secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, the system shall facilitate and deliver an articulated and responsive technical education system. In developing and offering highly specialized technical programs with related supportive coursework, primary consideration shall be placed on the industrial and technological manpower needs of the state. The emphasis of each Texas State Technical College System campus shall be on advanced or emerging technical programs not commonly offered by public junior colleges.
Mission statement

The Texas State Technical College System mission is published in Vernon’s Texas Education Code Section 135.01:

  • Texas State Technical College System is a coeducational two-year institution of higher education offering courses of study in technical vocational education for which there is demand within the State of Texas. Texas State Technical College System shall contribute to the educational and economic development of the State of Texas by offering occupationally oriented programs with supporting academic course work, emphasizing highly specialized advanced and emerging technical and vocational areas for certificates or associate degrees.
  • The Texas State Technical College System is authorized to serve the State of Texas through excellence in instruction, public service, faculty and manpower research, and economic development. The system’s economic development efforts to improve the competitiveness of Texas business and industry include exemplary centers of excellence in technical program clusters on the system’s campuses and support of educational research commercialization initiatives.
  • Through close collaboration with business, industry, governmental agencies, and communities, including public and private secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, the system shall facilitate and deliver an articulated and responsive technical education system. In developing and offering highly specialized technical programs with related supportive coursework, primary consideration shall be placed on the industrial and technological manpower needs of the state. The emphasis of each Texas State Technical College System campus shall be on advanced or emerging technical programs not commonly offered by public junior colleges.
Our vision
& values
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) will be a leader in strengthening the competitiveness of Texas business and industry by building the state’s capacity to develop the highest quality workforce.
vision
Excellence
Accountability
Service
Integrity

Behaviors

We are different because we:

  • Practice and prepare in order to be excellent.
  • Articulate, measure, and deliver on expectations.

Beliefs

We believe:

  • We are driven to transform higher education.
  • The status quo is insufficient.
  • In being proactive.
  • To be effective, we must begin with the end in mind.

Outcomes

We will:

  • Deliver results that consistently exceed expectations.
  • Demonstrate higher performance than others.

Behaviors

We are different because we:

  • Make commitments and follow through on them.
  • Encourage and participate in timely, frank dialogue and feedback.
  • Hold each other accountable, even when it is uncomfortable to do so.

Beliefs

We believe:

  • What gets inspected gets done.
  • Focusing on the important tasks contributes to execution.
  • All actions have natural consequences.

Outcomes

We will:

  • Always strive for institutional learning and continuous improvement.
  • Establish and earn trust in each other.
  • See enhanced institutional growth.
  • Experience personal and professional growth.

Behaviors

We are different because we:

  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Anticipate, recognize, and meet customer needs.
  • Are aware of our customer’s needs and are intentional in our delivery of service.
  • Are authentic in our interactions.
  • Are empathetic.
  • Share in the ownership of our customer’s problems and needed solutions.

Beliefs

We believe:

  • We exist to serve Texas as stated in Texas Education Code 135.01(b).
  • Service is in our mission.
  • We create economic opportunity.

Outcomes

We will:

  • Ensure customers are delighted with their experience.
  • Always exceed expectations.
  • Provide solutions.
  • Always leave a good impression.
  • Demonstrate loyalty and have lasting relationships.
  • Strive to meet the needs of our students and the college.

Behaviors

We are different because we:

  • Act truthfully and honorably.
  • Act authentically.
  • Act consistent with the mission and intent of the college.
  • Speak up when it may be risky to do so.
  • Challenge any situation that encourages dishonesty or rewards unethical behavior.
  • Follow our convictions even if no one is watching.

Beliefs

We believe:

  • Integrity is foundational. If it is compromised, the other values lose impact.
  • TSTC’s credibility and character are directly linked to integrity.
  • As members of the TSTC family, our personal integrity reflects on the organization.

Outcomes

We will:

  • Always represent our stakeholders’ interests.
  • Never compromise our brand.
  • Always act in a trustworthy manner.
  • Mitigate risk.
Born from a Vision
Born from a Vision:
"A strong Texas"
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TSTC is the only state-supported multiple campus technical college in Texas. We are helping Texas meet the high-tech challenges of today’s global economy in partnership with business and industry, government agencies and other educational institutions. 

Among TSTC’s strengths is our emphasis on “learning by thinking and doing,” and our strong relationships with business and industry, state-of-the-art laboratories, residential campuses, and student-centered philosophy:  

“We believe in people. We believe people desire to be responsible and productive citizens. We believe technology is a force to be explored and channeled by people in a productive and responsible manner for the benefit of all humankind. Therefore, we believe all people should be provided with the educational opportunity to learn the skills necessary to perform meaningful work and, thereby, pursue their goals as responsible citizens contributing to the welfare and success of their families, communities, state, nation and world.”

A message from the Chancellor

Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is not your typical kind of college, and I can’t resist telling people about that fact!

TSTC was established 50 years ago to help create a strong Texas. At the time, Governor John Connally predicted we would become “the most sophisticated technical-vocational institute in the country.” TSTC is living true to that vision with ten campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Fort Bend County, Harlingen, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater, Waco, and East Williamson County.

Indeed, with a statewide role and mission, TSTC is doing what we were created to do. We are efficiently and effectively helping Texas meet the high-tech challenges of today’s global economy in partnership with business and industry, government agencies, and other educational institutions.

TSTC graduates are highly valued by business and industry for their work ethic, knowledge, and workplace skills. Whether a student is considering upgrading their skills, or just starting on a new career path, one of the many TSTC campuses is a great place to prepare for a great-paying job in the vibrant Texas economy.

 

Regards,

Mike Reeser
Chancellor & CEO

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