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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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July 21, 2024
TSTC alumnus returns to TSTC, finds his ‘why’ in helping future students
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – As a full-time admissions advisor at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus, TSTC alumnus Carlos Ortega helps prospective students find career pathways. But his own path to his current job was somewhat circuitous. “I started this job when I was a work-study student,” the Harlingen resident said. After earning his Associate of...
July 21, 2024
With demand for workers increasing, TSTC Biomedical Equipment Technology students train for important roles in health care
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Every hour of every day, in hospitals and doctors’ offices everywhere, patients trust that the equipment being used to diagnose, prevent and treat their illnesses is working properly. More and more, however, there are not enough technicians who can calibrate, troubleshoot and repair that equipment to go around. The Biomedical Equipment Technology...
July 21, 2024
Virtual reality to help sharpen students’ skills in TSTC’s Drafting and Design program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Virtual reality has transformed many technical industries, and the Drafting and Design program at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus will incorporate the technology into its curriculum next fall. The program will introduce the Meta Quest 2 virtual reality simulator to be used during lab sessions by students who are pursuing one...
July 19, 2024
TSTC instructor says computer networking degree can lead to job security
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Nearly every business, to some extent, needs people to build, maintain and manage their computer systems. Information technology specialists are trained to work on the infrastructures, both physical and digital, of those systems to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The Computer Networking and Systems Administration (CNS) program at Texas State Technical College...
July 19, 2024
TSTC names Mike Anderson as New Braunfels campus provost
(NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas) – Texas State Technical College has named Mike Anderson as provost of its New Braunfels campus. “Mike Anderson is a seasoned educator and the founding executive in charge of our New Braunfels campus,” TSTC Chancellor and CEO Mike Reeser said. “His leadership is a key reason why his campus is growing.” Anderson...
July 19, 2024
TSTC students learn about working at North American Substation Services during employer spotlight
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Some students in Texas State Technical College’s Automation and Controls Technology program recently learned what it would be like to work at North American Substation Services (NASS) during an employer spotlight held at TSTC’s Marshall campus. NASS is currently the largest substation maintenance company in the United States. Kris Guilliams, the company’s...
July 19, 2024
TSTC’s Career Services department hosts employer panels for diesel students
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Career Services department hosted representatives of several companies for Diesel Equipment Technology panel discussions for students on Wednesday, July 17, at the Waco campus. “The students get to learn how the future will play out with real-life information,” said Peter Collier, a senior career advisor in TSTC’s Career...
July 18, 2024
First-generation college students turn to TSTC for better futures
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College trains many nontraditional students, including some first-generation college students, for a wide variety of jobs in the Texas workforce.  “First-generation students often bring unique perspectives and experiences to the table,” Michelle Atkinson, enrollment lead for the Marshall campus, said. “Their strong work ethic and desire to be the...
July 18, 2024
TSTC to offer night classes at Abilene campus
(ABILENE, Texas) – The lights will be on during the evenings at Texas State Technical College’s Industrial Technology Center in Abilene. Night classes will be offered in Electrical Power and Controls, Industrial Systems, and Welding Technology this fall. The fall semester begins Tuesday, Sept. 3. “We have talked to many of our industry partners about...
July 18, 2024
Testing center at TSTC’s Brownwood campus receives national certification
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – The testing center at Texas State Technical College’s Brownwood campus recently received a national certification. The National College Testing Association (NCTA) certified the Brownwood campus as an NCTA testing center. The criteria are based on NCTA professional standards and guidelines developed to guide postsecondary testing centers in the delivery of quality testing...
July 18, 2024
Dapper Your Data Day: TSTC Cybersecurity instructors offer tips for keeping information safe
(HUTTO, Texas) – National Dapper Your Data Day is an annual event on July 18 that raises awareness about cybersecurity and protecting personal information on devices. More than 353 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2023, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, with more than 349 million of those victims the result...
July 17, 2024
TSTC’s North Texas campus gets first full-time Advocacy and Resource Center coach
(RED OAK, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus has its first full-time director of the Advocacy and Resource Center (ARC), a place for students to go when they have life challenges to overcome. Braeden Berger, of Waxahachie, became the ARC coach for the North Texas campus in May. He had previously been...
July 16, 2024
San Antonio Manufacturers Association holds board meeting, luncheon and panel discussion at TSTC
(NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas) – The San Antonio Manufacturers Association (SAMA) held its quarterly board meeting and luncheon on July 10 at Texas State Technical College’s New Braunfels campus. The event included a regional industry panel discussion.  Jonathan Hoekstra, TSTC’s executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer, gave a presentation about the college to the SAMA...
July 15, 2024
TSTC prepares for Computer Networking and Systems Administration students
(HUTTO, Texas) – Because tech is booming in Austin, Texas State Technical College is growing its programs to keep pace. This fall, TSTC’s East Williamson County campus will add Computer Networking and Systems Administration (CNS) to its list of programs offered in Hutto.  Instructors Eric Jackson and Stuart McLennan are getting ready to welcome the...
July 14, 2024
TSTC’s MAARS program immerses high school students in college experience
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – More than 30 area high school students from the Edcouch-Elsa, La Feria, Lyford, Mission and San Benito school districts were immersed in a college experience this summer by participating in the Migrant Academic Achievement Residential Summer (MAARS) program held at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus. The program is designed to help...
July 14, 2024
Four TSTC students look to strengthen diversity of automotive industry
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Many women have changed the dynamic of the Texas workforce by the technical educations they acquired from Texas State Technical College, and Dulce Cruz, Beatriz Loa, Joselyn Ramirez and Crystal Santoyo want to join their ranks. The four women are students in the Automotive Technology program at TSTC’s Harlingen campus. According to...
July 14, 2024
TSTC students practice for job interviews with polished resumes and firm handshakes
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The Career Services department at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus recently held an Interview Practicum to help more than 200 TSTC students prepare for real-life interviews, with several area business and industry representatives serving as interviewers/coaches. Participating were students from Auto Collision and Management Technology, Automotive Technology, Biomedical Equipment Technology, Building...
July 12, 2024
TSTC degree helps alumnus achieve career dream at HOLT CAT
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Autry Adams knew that he wanted to work on Caterpillar machinery since high school, but attending Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus showed him that getting there could be half the fun. In 2007, Adams graduated with not only an Associate of Applied Science degree in Diesel Equipment Technology, but also a...
July 10, 2024
TSTC program draws students from varied backgrounds
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Although Swenson Benavides and Kentrell Smith come from different backgrounds, the two Texas State Technical College Diesel Equipment Technology students have one goal in common: to advance in their careers. Benavides, who is from Hamlin and works at Kirby-Smith Machinery in Abilene, has been working on diesel engines for years, while Smith,...
July 10, 2024
TSTC students work on interview skills with local employers
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – The nervousness began to disappear as Texas State Technical College students recently sharpened their interview skills. For the first time in several years, TSTC’s Career Services department hosted an Interview Practicum for students at the Brownwood campus. Local industry partners joined TSTC staff members in conducting practice interviews with students in the...
July 10, 2024
TSTC’s Career Services department hosts industry visit
(RED OAK, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus hosted a representative of GAF, a Standard Industries company, who visited students on Monday, July 8. GAF is a nationwide commercial and residential roofing materials manufacturer with Texas locations in Dallas, Ennis and Gainesville. The company will open an asphalt shingle recycling facility in...
July 10, 2024
TSTC graduate places second at the 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College graduate Juan Cerda left the recent 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, with a silver medal around his neck. The Longview resident had already competed in the conference’s CNC (computer numerical control) 2-Axis Turning Programmer category in 2023, coming in fourth. This year he...
July 7, 2024
Precision machining bootcamp draws high school-age students to TSTC
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College recently welcomed some Rio Grande Valley high school-age students to TSTC’s Harlingen campus for the America’s Cutting Edge (ACE) computer numerical control machining training bootcamp. The no-cost, one-week bootcamp was conducted by TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education program in partnership with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station...
July 7, 2024
Website ranks TSTC’s Nursing program among best in Texas
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is among the best two-year colleges for nursing in the state, according to The website based its rankings on analysis of statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and student reviews. Adrienne Reyes, TSTC’s LVN to RN Transition Nursing Program team lead in Harlingen, said the ranking...
July 5, 2024
TSTC grad’s plumbing skills earn him silver medal at national SkillsUSA contest
(WACO, Texas) – A recent graduate of Texas State Technical College’s Plumbing and Pipefitting Technology program at the Waco campus received a silver medal at last week’s 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Miguel Reyes, of Waco, placed second in the Plumbing contest. Reyes, while still a student at TSTC, qualified...
July 5, 2024
TSTC students bring national SkillsUSA gold medals home to West Texas
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Three Texas State Technical College students from West Texas made history at the 2024 SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. David Aman and Hunter Spohn teamed up to win the Emergency Medical Technician competition, while Toby Styron won the Facilithon event. The three students are the first to win...
July 3, 2024
Recent East Texas storms put Electrical Lineworker graduates to the test
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus trains an average of 100 graduates a year to help restore power after storms like the ones that swept through East Texas in May.  “It seemed like every time we’d get repaired and ready to have some normal...
July 3, 2024
TSTC helps Texans find independence
(NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas) – Some Texas State Technical College students are preparing to celebrate freedom while staying focused on promising futures. Students of TSTC’s New Braunfels campus are part of the FAME program, where employers hire students and sponsor their education. Each student also gains job experience while earning their associate degree by working part...
July 3, 2024
TSTC student and veteran keeps looking toward the future
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Many veterans find transitioning back to civilian life to be difficult, a feeling that James Norman knows all too well. Having served in the U.S. Army for 20 years, Norman is no stranger to the physical and mental challenges that can come with military service. Still, he has found ways to keep...
June 30, 2024
Navy veteran’s former military job and encounter with popular actor lead him to TSTC
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – For U.S. Navy veteran Axel Iracheta, his former job as an aviation boatswain’s mate on an aircraft carrier docked in California — and a brief handshake with a movie star — led him to pursue an education in aviation maintenance at Texas State Technical College. “My job was doing some maintenance on...
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