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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 29, 2023
TSTC alums find success with business venture as independent contractors
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – When professional heating, ventilation and air conditioning services are requested by businesses, Javier Garcia and Carlos Ortega are ready to provide their skills. The two graduates of Texas State Technical College’s HVAC Technology program founded Apex Automation LLC in 2022. The company offers industrial and commercial automation that is used in such...
May 29, 2023
TSTC Cybersecurity instructors share how they guide students toward successful careers
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – With cybercrimes running rampant and threatening everything from personal finances to social media accounts, technicians who can foil such dastardly attacks are more important now than ever. Texas State Technical College’s Cybersecurity program trains its students to protect computer systems, businesses and the public from cybercrimes. Recently three TSTC Cybersecurity instructors from...
May 29, 2023
Sanchez family unites to pursue Emergency Medical Services degrees at TSTC
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – A car accident four years ago left a lasting impression on the Sanchez family. Each of them was in awe of the actions by the emergency medical services unit that came to their rescue. That would inspire mother Adriana, daughter Layla and son Seth to pursue Associate of Applied Science degrees in...
May 26, 2023
TSTC and Bombardier train apprentices for aerospace industry
(RED OAK, Texas) – The Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program that partners with Texas State Technical College is recruiting students for its next cohort of aviation apprentices. In late 2019, aviation company Bombardier and TSTC joined forces for a paid apprenticeship program to prepare students to be aerospace assembly mechanics. The program includes 12 weeks of...
May 26, 2023
TSTC student and military veteran discusses honoring the fallen this Memorial Day
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Memorial Day is a time of reflection and gratitude. It is a time to remember those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom, those who are unable to return home to their families and loved ones. Gary Wood, a military veteran and first-semester student in the Cybersecurity program at Texas State Technical...
May 26, 2023
U.S. Army veteran learns to weld in Iraq, finds career path at TSTC
(ABILENE, Texas) – It was during one of three tours in Iraq that U.S. Army veteran Joshua Hulseman picked up a welding torch for the first time. Now he is working to make welding a second career by studying for a certificate of completion in Welding Technology at Texas State Technical College. “My only experience...
May 26, 2023
TSTC announces leadership appointments at Waco campus
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College recently announced three leadership appointments at the Waco campus. Beth Wooten has been named Waco campus provost. She has been at TSTC since 2014 and previously served at TSTC as statewide associate vice chancellor of External Relations. She will continue her role as chief executive officer of The...
May 26, 2023
TSTC instructor gives tips on how to maintain AC units during summer months
(RED OAK, Texas) – May 26 is recognized as National Heat Awareness Day. Douglas McCuen, lead instructor for Texas State Technical College’s HVAC Technology program at the North Texas campus, recently gave some tips for how best to handle air conditioning systems during summer months and rising temperatures.  What are some of your tips for...
May 25, 2023
Chevron personnel visit TSTC for recruitment visit
(WACO, Texas) – Students from several of Texas State Technical College’s technical programs attended a presentation by staff from Chevron Corp. on Thursday, May 25. “Because we need you is why we are here,” said Sergio Urias, a Chevron Mid-Continent Business Unit talent acquisition specialist based in Midland. Urias said he was looking for students...
May 25, 2023
Helping others instilled in TSTC Paramedic program student at early age
(ABILENE, Texas) – Growing up in Hawley, Kyle Nichols was taught to care for others and to pay it forward. He decided to follow a family tradition by entering the medical field. Nichols is in his first semester of Texas State Technical College’s Paramedic program and is excited about what he has learned and accomplished...
May 25, 2023
TSTC to host summer community cooking classes
(HUTTO, Texas) – Austin-area residents with an interest in cooking have an opportunity to learn this summer from Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Arts program. Community cooking classes will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays from June 15 to Aug. 3. Classes will be held on the third floor of the...
May 24, 2023
TSTC’s Career Services department hosts HVAC Expo for students
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Career Services department and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program hosted an HVAC Expo on Wednesday, May 24. Representatives of four employers spoke to students in hourlong time blocks. The companies represented were Evergreen Heating and Cooling and T.E.A.M. Solutions Inc., both of Waco; Trane Technologies of...
May 24, 2023
TSTC’s Industrial Systems training works for wide range of jobs
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – “The Industrial Systems program used to be sold as a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ program. In reality, we are teaching people to be experts in all technical fields.” So said Brian Weakley, lead instructor for the Industrial Systems program at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus. Weakley has been teaching the program for...
May 23, 2023
TSTC aviation maintenance students look forward to getting careers off the ground
(ABILENE, Texas) – May 24 is a day set aside to honor aviation maintenance technicians, and the aviation maintenance instructors at Texas State Technical College work hard to ensure that the future aircraft technicians under their wings get the best possible training. Several TSTC Aircraft Airframe Technology and Aircraft Powerplant Technology students will earn Associate...
May 23, 2023
NOV Hydra Rig visits TSTC Welding Technology students
(RED OAK, Texas) – Representatives from NOV Hydra Rig, a coiled tubing, nitrogen and snubbing equipment manufacturer in Fort Worth, visited Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus Tuesday, May 16, to speak with Welding Technology students about career opportunities. The representatives discussed the company, job opportunities and benefits, and emphasized the company’s focus on...
May 23, 2023
TSTC program immerses students in art of auto refinishing
(WACO, Texas) – The color of a vehicle can make a statement, but getting the perfect shade can be a challenge. Texas State Technical College’s Auto Collision and Management Technology program offers a refinishing component for students who have an interest in auto body work and painting. The program is taught in a hybrid format,...
May 22, 2023
Love for aviation enhances student’s skills at area aircraft company
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Matthew Stokes, a native of Liberty who now resides in Harlingen, knew from the age of 11 that he wanted to pursue a career as an aviation maintenance technician. His decision to enroll in the Aircraft Powerplant Technology program at Texas State Technical College was a step in the right direction. Stokes...
May 22, 2023
TSTC Nursing students learn about job opportunities with area hospital
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Some Texas State Technical College Nursing students recently heard about some job opportunities that they might pursue after they graduate. During an employer spotlight held at TSTC’s Harlingen campus, representatives from Valley Baptist Medical Center discussed their company’s job outlook at the Harlingen and Brownsville locations, a nurse residency program, tuition reimbursement,...
May 22, 2023
Art of machining motivates student in TSTC’s Precision Machining Technology
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – There is an artistry that goes into the job of a machinist, and that caught the eye of Rene Garay Jr. Garay is studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Precision Machining Technology at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus. Two years ago he was first introduced to machining by...
May 21, 2023
TSTC Electromechanical Technology instructor answers call to teach
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – James Simonetti plans to use his knowledge and skills to mentor Texas State Technical College Electromechanical Technology students. An ordained pastor who felt that he was being called to teach, Simonetti recently was hired to be an instructor in the program. He will draw on his years of experience in a variety...
May 20, 2023
TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology student follows in brother’s footsteps
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – DeMarcus Kelley knew he wanted to work on big trucks when he was older like his brother does. After hearing what his brother, D.J., learned while studying at Texas State Technical College, Kelley decided to follow a similar path. Now Kelley is studying for a certificate of completion in Diesel Equipment Technology...
May 19, 2023
Desire to help others motivates TSTC security officer
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – During this year’s National Police Week from May 14 to May 20, Texas State Technical College honored the police and security officers who work to keep students, faculty, staff and visitors safe on campus. Kolby Risner, a security officer for TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus, loves helping others. As a father, he...
May 19, 2023
TSTC partners with Bell Textron for learning opportunities
(RED OAK, Texas) – Texas State Technical College has partnered with Fort Worth-based aerospace manufacturer Bell Textron to provide learning and growth opportunities for some of its students through an apprenticeship program.  The program will partner TSTC students in certain technologies at the North Texas campus with a senior Bell Textron technician who they will...
May 19, 2023
TSTC program helps provide environmental safety technicians for West Texas industries
(ABILENE, Texas) – With several industries calling West Texas home, environmental safety technicians are in high demand. To train these technicians, Texas State Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree, certificates of completion, and an occupational skills achievement award in Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance.  Two TSTC alumni in particular know that the...
May 18, 2023
Viega Roadshow visits TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – The Viega Roadshow made a stop on Wednesday, May 17, at Texas State Technical College’s Plumbing and Pipefitting Technology program. The roadshow, which began in February in Washington state, has already made Texas stops in Arlington, Austin, Dallas, Lubbock, McAllen and San Antonio. The roadshow is scheduled to run through at least...
May 15, 2023
TSTC honors Belton High School seniors at signing day
(BELTON, Texas) – Representatives of Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus and the Belton Independent School District’s Career and Technical Education department honored a group of Belton High School seniors on Monday, May 15. The seniors signed letters of intent to attend TSTC to study in a range of programs. Tony Montoya, an instructor in...
May 15, 2023
Medical codes add up to dream job for TSTC grad
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Maria Morales remembers the happiness that she felt when she was awarded an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology during Texas State Technical College’s recent Spring Commencement. That happiness increased exponentially two days later when Morales accepted a full-time job offer as a medical records clerk at South Heart...
May 15, 2023
Veteran powers through challenges to pursue TSTC Welding degree
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – May is Military Appreciation Month, a good time to let military veterans know that Texas State Technical College can offer them an education to gain the skills they need for good-paying jobs. Dion Sosa, of Harlingen, is furthering his education at TSTC by pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Welding...
May 14, 2023
Food Allergy Action Month bringing awareness to health and safety
(HUTTO, Texas) – Brad Herridge, a performance-based education mentor at Texas State Technical College’s East Williamson County campus, has been allergic to certain forms of dairy since he was a baby. He manages his food allergy by avoiding Italian food and has learned how to order Mexican food without dairy products. So it is a...
May 14, 2023
TSTC’s Precision Machining Technology program embraces sustainability
(WACO, Texas) – As the boundaries are pushed in manufacturing, it is critical to do so in a way that is mindful of the environment. Texas State Technical College’s Precision Machining Technology program continues to look for sustainable ways to teach students. The program at the Waco campus has been working to be more sustainable...
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