Texas State Technical College (TSTC) was created by the Legislature in 1965 to meet the state’s evolving workforce needs. As the demand for quality technical education continued to grow, the Legislature approved changes to the College through new campuses, programs and its organizational structure. Today, the Office of Government Affairs has a year-round presence at the Texas Capitol in order to stay abreast of policy issues and to keep TSTC on the cutting edge of technical education and workforce development.
On a daily basis, the Government Affairs team works with legislative offices in the House and Senate, exchanging information for better policy outcomes. Additionally, relationships are maintained with personnel from the Governor’s office, as well as with appointed officials and staff from key state agencies that either have oversight responsibilities or work in concert with TSTC. Through these relationships, TSTC is able to engage in meaningful dialogue that results in better educational opportunities for all Texans and a robust talent pipeline for employers in the state.
In addition to the many relationships at the Capitol, the Government Affairs team works closely with the many statewide trade associations that represent the business and industry community. Regular meetings are held with these trade groups to exchange information and learn of the needs facing Texas employers.