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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 25, 2022
TSTC’s Learning Resource Center opens up virtual world for campus community
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s students, faculty and staff now have an opportunity to travel into a virtual world. The Waco campus’ Learning Resource Center has six sets of TRANSFRVR headsets and hand controllers for the campus community to use to explore a range of fields, from aviation maintenance to welding. “Case studies...
May 25, 2022
TSTC CDL earner looks forward to journey ahead
With his CDL, Robert Smith hopes to be an owner-operator in trucking (ROSENBERG, Texas) – Robert Smith owned a barber shop and beauty salon for 20 years. He stepped away from the business after a divorce and needed a new career. “The next best thing to do to keep my lifestyle going that I’m accustomed...
May 25, 2022
Carrizales’ passion for firearms manufacturing leads him to TSTC’s Precision Machining Technology
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – There are many life lessons that a father can teach his son. For Jesse Carrizales, some of those lessons included instruction about the use of firearms. “My father educated me about the importance of hunting to provide a meal for the family,” he said. “The other was how to ensure your family’s...
May 25, 2022
TSTC Vocational Nursing student prepares for SkillsUSA national event
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Vocational Nursing student Seaanna Henry was not sure she wanted to compete in the recent SkillsUSA state-level activities. Now Henry, of Abilene, is glad she did because she will be one of 18 TSTC students who will compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta,...
May 24, 2022
TSTC aviation students plan to restore history for future generations
(ABILENE, Texas) – For two Texas State Technical College aviation students, the past is their future. Colby Northcutt and Matthew Voss, both of Abilene, want to follow the example of Nelson Ezell, founder of Ezell Aviation in Breckenridge. Ezell had a passion for preserving and maintaining World War II-era aircraft. In honor of her late...
May 24, 2022
TSTC to host prospective students for Region One GEAR UP campus tour
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Some 200 students from 14 area high schools will visit Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus for a Region One GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) campus tour Thursday, May 26. The participating high schools include Edcouch-Elsa, Harlingen, Harlingen South, La Feria, Lasara, La Villa, Los Fresnos, Monte...
May 23, 2022
TSTC to launch drone pilot certification this fall
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Aviation Division will begin offering a certificate of completion in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle at the Waco campus this fall. The certificate program will be part of the Aircraft Pilot Training Technology program. The one-semester program will include classes such as Aviation Safety and Private Pilot Ground School, as...
May 23, 2022
TSTC to host financial aid night at area public library
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) event at the Harlingen Public Library Wednesday, May 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event can help current and prospective TSTC students apply for financial aid to help with tuition and other costs related to their education....
May 20, 2022
TSTC HVAC instructor teaches life lessons to students
Dien Nguyen motivates TSTC HVAC students with challenges from his own experience (ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College HVAC Technology instructor Dien Nguyen has a catchphrase. “It’s in the book, son,” he said, laughing. He says it so often that his students made a sign for his office — and an embroidered hat —...
May 19, 2022
TSTC unveils state’s first Immersive Interactive EMS labs
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College unveiled the first Immersive Interactive training labs in the state of Texas at ribbon-cutting ceremonies on May 18. The new labs, located at the Abilene and Brownwood campuses, will be used by Emergency Medical Services students to train in a variety of virtual settings that can help prepare...
May 19, 2022
Brothers’ enhance electrical knowledge in TSTC’s Biomedical Equipment Technology program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Brothers Edgar and Paul Alcala, of San Benito, are enrolled in the Biomedical Equipment Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus. Now in their third semester at TSTC, they continue to persevere in their college journey toward Associate of Applied Science degrees. What drew you to this program of study...
May 18, 2022
New TSTC Access and Learning Accommodations specialist hopes to make impact on students
McNeil hopes to provide access, resources for students (ROSENBERG, Texas) – Shawn McNeil discovered his love for working with people through a program he participated in during college, a program that assisted low-income and at-risk youth. After college, the Katy resident transitioned from the Marine Corps to working for the Health and Human Services Administration...
May 18, 2022
TSTC aviation maintenance student volunteers at area aircraft flying museum
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Damian Leal, of Rio Hondo, grew up playing video games, many of which happened to be related to world wars. Little did he realize that his love for those games would lead to an education at Texas State Technical College. “These games introduced me first to military tanks and then aircraft,” he...
May 18, 2022
TSTC graduate knew he would have career in wind energy
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – When Josh Leath’s family moved from Alaska to Texas, Leath knew that a career in wind energy would be in his future. After seeing his father working in the wind industry, Leath enrolled in Texas State Technical College’s Wind Energy Technology program to learn more. He graduated last month with an Associate...
May 17, 2022
TSTC alumni help the Hill Country
(WACO, Texas) – For Texas State Technical College alumni Justin Lewis and Marshall Verette, there is nowhere they would rather be than working for Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) based in Johnson City. Lewis is a technical services technician based in Johnson City, and Verette is a regional operations supervisor based in Marble Falls. “A cooperative...
May 17, 2022
Love of heights leads female student to TSTC’s Wind Energy Technology program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Siria Jones recalled a moment during her youth when her parents purchased an airplane ticket for her to depart their native Honduras and reunite with them in New York. She was entranced by the aerial scene from her window seat as the airplane navigated toward the U.S. That childhood memory would lead...
May 17, 2022
TSTC Nursing graduate inspired by her sons
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – When it was time to choose who would join her at the recent nursing pinning ceremony at Texas State Technical College, Kenna Logan knew it would be the most important people in her life. “I could not have done it without my sons,” said Logan, who received an Associate of Applied Science...
May 16, 2022
TSTC Computer Networking alumna thriving in career
Computer Networking degree from TSTC helped Davis grow in career (ROSENBERG, Texas) – When Natasha Davis first started working at a major phone and internet provider, there were some things about the company’s operations that she just did not understand. “I started to see our services going down,” Davis remembered. “My network engineers were trying...
May 13, 2022
Summer 2022 semester kicks off at TSTC in Fort Bend County
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – The first week of the summer 2022 semester at Texas State Technical College’s campus in Fort Bend County started off much like the season itself: hot.  Highs for the week climbed into the 90s as students returned — or arrived for the first time to pursue hands-on training in their industry of...
May 13, 2022
Breckenridge leaders learn about importance of TSTC program
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Community and business leaders in the Breckenridge area learned firsthand how important safety is on the job. Texas State Technical College recently hosted a lunch-and-learn event to spotlight the Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance program available at the Breckenridge campus.  One local business executive knows how important having the program available locally...
May 12, 2022
TSTC employee follows higher calling into enrollment services
(WACO, Texas) – Lucinda Yang, Ph.D., is the assistant director of enrollment at Texas State Technical College in Waco. She joined the college in August 2020. Yang was born in Puerto Rico to parents who are missionaries, and she was raised in Tennessee. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Theology and Theological Studies...
May 12, 2022
TSTC student gains extra experience at area collision center
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Many automobile aficionados recall how they first grew an admiration for the automobile industry. For Kevin Cantu, of Pharr, the oil change he performed on his grandfather’s vehicle as a teenager would lead to an education at Texas State Technical College. After that moment, Cantu’s interest in automotive knowledge spread like a...
May 11, 2022
TSTC Nursing student inspires next generation at former high school
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Aaron Cantu, of Harlingen, knew he had to choose a career pathway when he was a student at San Benito High School. His decision to choose health care led him to future success in the health care field. Not only is he a nursing assistant teacher at his former high school, but...
May 10, 2022
TSTC Diesel Equipment grad hired after employer spotlight event
Diesel engine skills have translated into a career with hydraulics for Cody Rice (ROSENBERG, Texas) – When representatives from MEYER, a manufacturer of oil well testing equipment and well control systems, visited Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus in February, Diesel Equipment Technology student Cody Rice took note. “I was like, ‘All right,...
May 10, 2022
TSTC has a successful spring 2022 semester
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College had many triumphs during the busy spring semester on its Harlingen campus. Here is a look back at some of the semester’s highlights: SpaceX tour Some 50 students from TSTC’s Mechatronics Technology, Precision Machining Technology and Welding Technology programs at the Harlingen campus experienced a tour of aerospace...
May 10, 2022
TSTC Welding Technology student works to expand business opportunities
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Samuel Valdez wants to expand his business opportunities. The Welding Technology student is studying for a certificate of completion in Structural Welding at Texas State Technical College in order to add to the list of work that he can perform in his construction business. “I am self-employed and wanted to expand my...
May 9, 2022
TSTC graduate begins career as safety leader
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Christina Rhodes is ready to take everything she learned at Texas State Technical College into her new job. Rhodes, who graduated in April with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance, is now working for Pactiv Evergreen in Abilene as the company’s lone safety leader. “It was...
May 8, 2022
TSTC helps remove barriers halting mothers’ technical education
Students who are mothers face challenges TSTC’s Advocacy and Resource Centers can help address (ROSENBERG, Texas) – In Texas, the average annual cost of infant care is $9,324, according to the Economic Policy Institute. With the price of other necessities also on the rise, Texas State Technical College’s Advocacy and Resource Centers (ARCs) at campuses...
May 6, 2022
TSTC Nursing grads honored at pinning ceremony
(ABILENE, Texas) – Meeting the challenge of earning an associate degree during a pandemic was celebrated by six Texas State Technical College Nursing students during a pinning ceremony for them and their families on Thursday, April 28. TSTC Nursing division leader Lisa van Cleave said the graduates will be successful in the health care field...
May 5, 2022
TSTC hosts Texas High School Welding Series in Waco
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College hosted the Texas High School Welding Series on Thursday at the Industrial Technology Center on the Waco campus. It was the first time that the campus had hosted the welding event. More than 200 students from more than 20 high schools from throughout Texas attended the daylong event....
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