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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 30, 2021
TSTC alumnus applies Biomedical Equipment Technology skills to successful career
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Armando Galvan Jr., a biomedical technician II at Fresenius Kidney Care, credits his degree from Texas State Technical College to his current success in his position. “The biomedical program at TSTC really helped me gain the skills and knowledge that I needed to choose a great career path,” he said. Galvan graduated...
July 30, 2021
Attendees get mileage out of TSTC drive-thru recruitment event
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – A relentless sun and heat index in the triple digits were not enough to deter applicants, prospective students and community members from attending Texas State Technical College’s drive-thru recruitment event Thursday on the Harlingen campus.  Vehicles began lining up 30 minutes before the event’s official start time for the opportunity to cruise...
July 30, 2021
New simulation equipment allows TSTC Surgical Technology students to get hands-on with emerging technology
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Surgical Technology instructor Yolanda Ramirez maneuvers her laparoscope carefully within a virtual patient’s gallbladder. Her mission? To find four gallstones as quickly and smoothly as possible.  When she completes the exercise, Ramirez discovers that though she located all the specimens, her scope work needs some improvement. “I’m moving...
July 29, 2021
Fort Hood soldiers complete nationwide workforce training program at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – Seven U.S. Army soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, completed on Thursday the Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program taught for the first time at Texas State Technical College. The 12-week program enabled soldiers to travel to Waco four days a week to take classes in mechatronics, with a focus on electrical systems,...
July 28, 2021
TSTC Instrumentation Technology Program brings new technology to students
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Instrumentation Technology program is preparing students for a digital world once they graduate. “You need hands-on work to be a good technician,” said Mickle Peine, an instructor in TSTC’s Instrumentation Technology program. The program has added new equipment to its labs, including eight Emerson AMS Trex Device Communicators....
July 28, 2021
King alters career path, enrolls in TSTC Emergency Medical Services program
(ABILENE, Texas) – Nicole King made a decision that changed her career path dramatically. The former educator/coach and social worker decided that she wanted to work in the medical field. King said Texas State Technical College’s Emergency Medical Services program would lead her to a career in which she could continue to grow. “I did...
July 27, 2021
TSTC Welding Technology program hosts Texas A&M engineering students for summer classes
(HUTTO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College in East Williamson County is hosting three Texas A&M University engineering students taking classes this summer. Jacob Algaze, Preston Hackney and Grant Stinson are taking nine weeks of classes in the TSTC Welding Technology program in Hutto. The students are part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station’s...
July 27, 2021
TSTC fills state’s need for automotive technicians
(WACO, Texas) – Interstates and highways are busier compared to a year ago, and that means maintenance on vehicles will increase. Texas State Technical College helps automotive shops around the state fill the need for service technicians. According to, 60,440 technicians were employed in Texas in 2018. The need is forecast to increase 8%...
July 26, 2021
TSTC to debut new Cloud Computing certificate this fall
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College will offer a new online Advanced Technical Certificate in Cloud Computing starting this fall. Students earning the online Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration will be able to move into the Cloud Computing program. “It follows the Amazon Web Services (AWS) curriculum,” said...
July 26, 2021
TSTC student hopes new skill leads to his own business
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Bobby Gullick knew he needed an additional skill to accomplish a lifelong goal. To help open a more diverse furniture-making business, Gullick needed to learn how to weld. His wife suggested that he enroll in the Welding Technology program at Texas State Technical College. “I knew if I was going to get...
July 26, 2021
TSTC in Marshall chosen as best by local newspaper readers
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Readers of the Marshall News Messenger have given their opinion that Texas State Technical College in Marshall is technically better. The campus was named Hometown Best College/University for 2021 in the newspaper’s annual readers poll. The formal announcement was made in Sunday’s edition of the News Messenger. “This is a very humbling...
July 23, 2021
Texas A&M student embraces flexibility, new skills in TSTC drafting course
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Kayla Boettcher might not be 100% sure of exactly what she wants to do with her Industrial and Systems Engineering degree from Texas A&M University, but she is keeping her options open with a broad range of experiences this summer. One experience includes nine weeks’ worth of summer online courses in Architectural-Mechanical...
July 23, 2021
Doctors Hospital at Renaissance taps into TSTC Nursing pipeline with recruitment event
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Nursing students attended a recruiting event with Doctors Hospital at Renaissance on Tuesday — and at least one Licensed Vocational Nursing student, Audrey Gonzales, walked away with a job. “I was ecstatic,” she said of the moment recruiters offered her the position. “Being in school, it’s very difficult...
July 23, 2021
TSTC drive-thru recruitment event revs engine with $1,500 scholarship giveaway
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – If you make tracks to Texas State Technical College’s drive-thru recruitment event Thursday, July 29, you have a chance to roll out with a $1,500 scholarship. Any prospective student who swings by campus to meet instructors, learn more about hybrid and online programs, and take tours will be entered to win. “That...
July 21, 2021
Electromechanical Technology student says TSTC sets him up for career goal
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Julian Rodriguez found the college that would lead him to a specialized career after a few minutes. While searching for schools that offered Electromechanical Technology, Rodriguez said Texas State Technical College was at the top of his search results. After reading about what the program offers, the Lufkin native knew that TSTC...
July 21, 2021
Texas A&M student spends summer welding at TSTC
(ABILENE, Texas) – When Lucas Robirds returns to Texas A&M University this fall, he will be able to tell his friends that he learned a new skill. Robirds, an aerospace engineering student at Texas A&M, is spending his summer break studying Welding Technology at Texas State Technical College. He is participating in the Bachelor’s+ Program,...
July 20, 2021
TSTC Wind Energy Technology student overcomes fear of heights
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Josiah Otto has overcome a fear of heights while preparing for his first climb inside a wind turbine. Otto, who moved to West Texas from Illinois, admitted he had to overcome his fear to begin studying Wind Energy Technology at Texas State Technical College. Later this month, he will be climbing TSTC’s...
July 19, 2021
TSTC Robotics Technology program hosts Texas A&M engineering students for summer classes
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is hosting a group of engineering students from Texas A&M University in College Station who are taking classes this summer in Waco. The students are taking nine weeks of courses focusing on AC and DC circuits and basic programmable logic controllers. The classes are being taught by TSTC’s...
July 19, 2021
TSTC Welding Technology program eager to fill area jobs
(RED OAK, Texas) – In the welding field, it helps to be diverse in one’s skills. Ashley Yezak, statewide lead instructor in Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program, said the need for welders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area has not slowed down as the country continues to grapple with the pandemic. “With energy production,...
July 16, 2021
Texas A&M students get technical with hands-on Electromechanical Automation coursework at TSTC
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas A&M University student Bahaa Alhaj was eager to get back to in-person learning when he decided to enroll in Electromechanical Automation at Texas State Technical College. “It gave me experience in electrical circuits. Especially with COVID-19, we were doing all of our labs online,” he said on why he picked these...
July 16, 2021
TSTC, RGV community leaders meet in support of regional growth
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is committed to driving economic growth through connecting skilled graduates with in-demand, high-paying careers. In fact, it is written directly into the institution’s mission statement. “We’re blessed with a very focused mission of producing technically skilled Texans that are aimed at the high-demand needs of Texas industries,” TSTC...
July 16, 2021
Knowledge is power as Magic Valley Electric Cooperative tours TSTC lineworker program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker Technology students had a rare moment in the shade as they met team members visiting from Magic Valley Electric Cooperative. The students recounted how they became interested in lineworking. From fulfilling childhood dreams, to word-of-mouth recommendations from friends, to not knowing much about the industry until...
July 15, 2021
TSTC graduates needed in water, wastewater treatment fields
(MARSHALL, Texas) – It takes a process, with trained people overseeing it, to make sure water stays clean and wastewater gets treated. “There is an increase in demand for wastewater treatment process operators, but the number of jobs in this career field is less than jobs available in chemical plants and oil refineries,” said Nicholas...
July 14, 2021
Childhood memory leads Kelley to TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – As a child, D.J. Kelley liked seeing and hearing diesel trucks on the road. While in high school, he decided to make working on diesel trucks a career. He said he knew the best place to train for that career was at Texas State Technical College. Kelley, who is studying for his...
July 14, 2021
Family background in automotive repair influences TSTC student
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – It seemed to be in the works at a young age for Tanner Tankersley to work on automobiles. “I grew up around people I like to call ‘vehicle heads.’ They always were working on cars together,” said Tankersley, who is studying for his certificate of completion in Automotive Technology at Texas State...
July 13, 2021
By studying at TSTC, Stanke to add EMT to resume
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – The fast pace of the profession led April Stanke, of San Angelo, to begin her journey to becoming an emergency medical technician. The longtime certified nursing assistant is studying for her new career path in Texas State Technical College’s Emergency Medical Services program. “I enjoy the fast pace of the medical field....
July 12, 2021
TSTC hosts Texas A&M engineering students for summer welding classes
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program is experiencing double the fun, times two. Alejandra and Galilea Puente, of Waco, and Sam and Tim Winters, of Colleyville, are students at Texas A&M University in College Station. The students are taking nine weeks of welding classes this summer at TSTC’s Waco campus as...
July 9, 2021
Female Texas A&M welding student at TSTC follows in grandfather’s footsteps
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Vanessa Perez is getting some advice during her summer welding program at Texas State Technical College from an unusual source: her grandfather. “My grandpa was a welder in the Port of Brownsville for many years, so he would always tell me about it,” she said. “I thought it would be something fun...
July 9, 2021
Farm-to-table approach spices up TSTC’s Culinary Arts program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Back in January, Samantha Colunga did not expect her Culinary Arts classes at Texas State Technical College to include gardening. “When I heard about the work-study for the garden, I thought it would be really cool to get my hands dirty,” she said. “It’s cool to see your food grow and take...
July 7, 2021
TSTC Electrical Lineworker Technology program eager to aid in area growth
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Rosenberg is seeing a high demand for housing as growth moves south and west in the city. As housing is built, the city attracts businesses of all sizes.  Jeremy Heath, director of economic development for the city of Rosenberg, said the city’s western side is seeing industrial growth, while commercial and retail...
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