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Mission of TSTC System

TSTC's legislated mission is defined in Texas Education Code Section 135.01.

The Texas State Technical College System is a co-education two-year institution of higher education offering courses of study in technical-vocational education for which there is a demand within the state of Texas.

The Texas State Technical College System shall contribute to the educational and economic development of the State of Texas by offering occupationally-oriented programs with support academic coursework, 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 postsecondary 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 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.

Expanded Statement of Purpose for TSTC Harlingen

TSTC Harlingen is a unique college which offers technical and academic programs and courses in statewide demand for the 21st century while emphasizing, in particular, the needs of Texas. TSTC Harlingen provides opportunities for both immediate employment and seamless transfer of credits to other colleges and universities. Awards include Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, technical Certificates of Completion, as well as institutional recognition for completion of the General Education Core and workforce certificates.

TSTC Harlingen promotes economic development by making higher education affordable, readily accessible, and personal through diverse technical programs and rigorous curriculum offerings. TSTC Harlingen offers studies through multiple instructional delivery systems and actively promotes involvement of high school and non-traditional students in its programs. The needs of stakeholders are met through innovative approaches to teaching and student learning as well as appropriate advisement into educational programs that lead to successful career placement.

TSTC Harlingen is committed to preparing students for the 21st century by providing holistic personal and professional development through a  combination of technical and academic delivery, relevant student services, talent development organizations, and other career building activities. TSTC Harlingen uses institution-wide coordinated planning to assure program vitality for today's industrial and academic demands and tomorrow's challenges.

Vision and Values

Texas State Technical Colleges 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.

Innovation - Creating and implementing new ideas and methods

Responsiveness - Providing appropriate programs and services in a proactive, flexible, and timely manner

Leadership - Developing the visions and strategies for a desired future, and aligning and energizing people to achieve those visions

Excellence - Achieving the highest quality in all we do

Collaboration - Working cooperatively with other organizations and within our own system

Accountability - Measuring our performance and using the results for improvement

Stewardship - Ensuring our programs and services add value to our students and communities throughout the state, and operate in accordance with the public trust for which we are responsible

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