TSTC’s North Texas location will be closed for the rest of the day today, Tuesday, May 28, due to ongoing power issues. There will be no in-person hybrid classes during this time. Online classes will continue as scheduled. Employees who can work remote are encouraged to do so. Check TSTC’s social media and website for updates. The North Texas location is expected to be back to normal operations tomorrow.

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Texas State Technical College is a vibrant community of ten campuses in ten different communities. Our Dept. of Communications team works to write news stories about the activities on our campuses, the students who attend TSTC, the graduates who have moved on to their careers, and the businesses or industries that hire TSTC graduates.

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May 26, 2024
Trio of TSTC Dental Hygiene grads excited about new jobs
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recent Texas State Technical College Dental Hygiene graduates Robert Barajas, Brianda Pena and Laura Trevino are committed to providing the best dental care possible in their new jobs. Barajas, of Mission, and Pena, of Palmview, were hired as traveling dental hygienists with Team Placement Staffing Services in Austin. Trevino, of San Benito,...
May 26, 2024
TSTC’s Advocacy and Resource Center receives donation of food, other items from Junior League of Harlingen
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Advocacy and Resource Center in Harlingen recently received a donation of snacks and other items for its food pantry from the Junior League of Harlingen’s Done in a Day committee. According to www.jlharlingen.org, the committee helps to serve immediate needs in the community through single-day volunteer opportunities. Cynthia...
May 26, 2024
TSTC online program trains students to help others break cycle of chemical dependency
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Students in Texas State Technical College’s online Chemical Dependency Counseling program receive support, guidance and training from licensed chemical dependency counselors on how to help people break the cycle of substance use disorder. National Mental Health Awareness Month, observed each May, is a time to remember that such addiction can be associated...
May 24, 2024
TSTC graduate and professional machinist says his kids are his driving force
(MARSHALL, Texas) – When Rolando Trevino was laid off from his job in railroad manufacturing, he decided to find a new way to provide for his family. So he joined the Precision Machining Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location. “I’ve always seen that the people who went for machining were paid more,...
May 24, 2024
TSTC Emergency Medical Services program’s past revealed when time capsule opened
(ABILENE, Texas) – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week from May 19 to 25, Texas State Technical College revisited some of its past. With the 2024 EMS Week theme of “Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future” in mind, current and former TSTC EMS instructors and students gathered Wednesday, May...
May 23, 2024
TSTC instructor weighs in on restoring power following a storm
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – More than 900,000 CenterPoint Energy customers lost power as a result of the storm that rolled through the Houston metro area on May 16, according to the company’s website. As someone with professional experience in the electrical lineworker field, and as an instructor for the Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology program at...
May 23, 2024
Military veteran and TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology graduate refuses to ‘just get by’
(MARSHALL, Texas) – After serving in Iraq left him disabled in 2008, U.S. Army veteran Robert DeWare, of Jefferson, had a hard time adjusting to civilian life. “I had nothing; I was struggling to survive and didn’t know which way to go,” DeWare recently said. “I can remember losing my house, getting my truck repossessed....
May 22, 2024
TSTC aviation maintenance students challenge classmates
classmates (ABILENE, Texas) – Two second-semester Texas State Technical College aviation maintenance students have thrown down the gauntlet to their classmates. Jeb Drewery, of Hallsville, and Sandy Medina, of Abilene, recently passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s general knowledge test, a prerequisite for taking the Airframe and Powerplant knowledge tests. Passing all three is required to...
May 19, 2024
TSTC graduate joins emergency medical services workforce as paramedic
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – When demand for health care professionals increased during the pandemic, Francisco Loza heard the call and decided to help. He enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services program at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location, where he was awarded a certificate of completion in Emergency Medical Services – EMT in 2023, followed by...
May 19, 2024
TSTC Biomedical Equipment Technology graduate to begin new chapter in Beehive State
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recent Texas State Technical College graduate Suhey Flores is taking her passion for the medical field to Utah, where she was offered a job with XOtech LLC. “I was hired as a biomedical technician in Ogden, Utah,” the Brownsville native said. “It feels nice to start my career and begin a new...
May 19, 2024
TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education program honors graduates
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – During an evening of celebration on May 10 at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location, a group of 24 TSTC Workforce Training and Continuing Education graduates received their certificates of completion. The graduates were from the Advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining, NCCER Maritime Welding, and Patient Care Technician programs. Myra De...
May 17, 2024
TSTC diesel equipment student receives nationwide scholarship
(WACO, Texas) – The work that Joseph Briseno is doing in the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus is getting him national recognition. Briseno, of Lingleville, recently was one of three college students nationwide to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Independent Equipment Dealers Association. The other recipients are from...
May 17, 2024
Meticulous learning is setting TSTC student on path to quality career
(WACO, Texas) – A year ago, Luis Arizpe was preparing to graduate from Corsicana High School. “It goes by pretty quick,” he said. “I could have graduated this year (from high school), but now I am graduating college by the time my friends graduate from high school. That is awesome.” Arizpe, of Emhouse in Navarro...
May 16, 2024
TSTC’s Professional Driving Academy emphasizes safety in its one-month CDL course
(MARSHALL, Texas) – In Texas State Technical College’s Professional Driving Academy, students can receive the training needed for a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in just one month. “Every aspect of every part of our society — commerce, construction, housing, food, everything — relies on the trucking industry,” Wayne Bradley, a CDL trainer at...
May 16, 2024
TSTC helps Cybersecurity students navigate path from college to career
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – “Everyone needs us, even if they don’t know it yet.” That is what Andrew Phillips, lead instructor for the Cybersecurity program at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County location, often says when asked by his students who is hiring. Although Phillips finds that there are a lot of possible paths for...
May 16, 2024
TSTC Industrial Systems student awarded Professional Women in Building scholarship
(ABILENE, Texas) – Betty Lou Catalan listened to her boyfriend’s advice. Paul Balinger, who is Catalan’s boyfriend as well as one of her Texas State Technical College Industrial Systems classmates, encouraged her to apply for a Professional Women in Building Abilene Chapter scholarship.  “It was a nice surprise,” Catalan said of receiving the $1,500 scholarship...
May 16, 2024
Godfrey embraces student activities at TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – If there is a pool tournament or a friendly game of pickleball happening at Texas State Technical College’s Student Center, then Ethan Godfrey will probably be there. The Electromechanical Technology student from Frankston said he was surprised to learn that TSTC has activities for students to enjoy at the Sweetwater location during...
May 14, 2024
Caldwell Machine and Gear holds its first employer spotlight at TSTC
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Caldwell Machine and Gear recently held its first employer spotlight for the Precision Machining Technology students at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location. Wesley Cameron, an engineer for Caldwell Machine and Gear, said that for many years the Mount Pleasant-based company sought local high school students to work as machinists. “They don’t...
May 12, 2024
TSTC Building Construction Technology graduate takes skills to Texas-based construction company
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recent Texas State Technical College graduate Jess Johnson was offered a job with Joeris General Contractors after company representatives noticed her professionalism at the TSTC Industry Job Fair last month. Johnson received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology with honors at TSTC’s spring commencement. “I was hired as...
May 12, 2024
TSTC Nursing student follows in mother’s career pathway
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – A pledge to patient care is a bond that Illiana Rodriguez shares with her mother, Celina Romo, as Rodriguez pursues a medical education at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location just as her mother did. Their dedication to health care is one of the reasons why they and others like them are...
May 12, 2024
TSTC Surgical Technology student gets hands-on experience both at school and on the job
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Edward Rivas always had his heart set on working in the medical field, and he is making that dream a reality. After going to work for Valley Baptist Medical Center as a surgical attendant in 2020, Rivas was encouraged by some of the staff there to join the Associate of Applied Science...
May 10, 2024
TSTC hosts Texas High School Welding Series State Build-Off in Waco
(WACO, Texas) – Some high school students from throughout Texas gathered May 9-10 for the first Texas High School Welding Series State Build-Off held at Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus. “I think TSTC did an outstanding job welcoming the (welding series) board and each and every one of the students,” said Mike Higgins, board...
May 10, 2024
TSTC holds ceremony for Tesla START program graduates
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Thirteen Automotive Technology students in the Tesla START program at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County location were honored at their graduation ceremony held at TSTC’s Brazos Center on Friday, May 10. Each graduate received an advanced technical certificate in Automotive Tesla START Technician. The program is a collaboration between TSTC...
May 10, 2024
TSTC’s Health Information Technology: Health care behind the scenes
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Health Information Technology program can be seen as the cybersecurity of health care. “We’re behind the scenes in health care,” Sarah Brooks, TSTC’s interim director of alignment for Health Information Technology, said. “We take care of patients by ensuring that patient information is accessible when needed and keeping...
May 9, 2024
TSTC dual credit student has career path mapped out
(ABILENE, Texas) – Abilene High School senior Drake Fewell knows exactly what path he wants to take in his life. “I want to buy my own ranch,” he said. To help him achieve that dream, Fewell started welding in the Abilene Independent School District’s welding program and recently completed his dual credit courses in Welding...
May 9, 2024
TSTC mothers support and cheer on their children
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – “Texas State Technical College is a family.” This phrase often is repeated by its staff, instructors and students. And in some cases, the statement is literal. Many fathers, mothers, sons and daughters attend, teach and work at TSTC, creating a legacy of learning in technical fields. One such mother, Stephanie Basurto, is...
May 8, 2024
Mothers and their children find something in common at TSTC
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location has employed many hardworking mothers over the years. Several of them have children who have chosen to continue their legacies. Campus enrollment executive Michelle Atkinson said she always knew that her son Isaiah Lozano was tech savvy. Already familiar with chemical plants thanks to his father’s...
May 8, 2024
For two TSTC graduates, perseverance was key to completing nursing program
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Jackie Mayfield and Benita Sparrow each made a commitment to graduate from Texas State Technical College. The LVN to RN Transition Nursing Program graduates had time to think about that commitment every time they started their vehicles to begin the trip to Sweetwater while they were students. Mayfield drove 350 miles one...
May 8, 2024
TSTC students at North Texas location receive medals at state SkillsUSA conference
(RED OAK, Texas) – Students at Texas State Technical College’s North Texas location won medals in five events at the 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary State Leadership and Skills Conference held April 18-20 in Houston. “We are extremely proud and excited for our SkillsUSA participants,” said Marcus Balch, provost of TSTC’s North Texas location. “We are...
May 6, 2024
Machining student fine-tunes career plans at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – Hayden Hood is training for a new position. “Everything happens for a reason,” the Texas State Technical College student said. “I really think I am this strong of a student now because I had to learn, because there were things that did not go as smoothly as I wanted. I truly believe...
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