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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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April 19, 2024
TSTC students arrive in Houston for SkillsUSA Texas conference
(HOUSTON, Texas) – More than 200 students and faculty members from Texas State Technical College have arrived in Houston to participate in the 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Leadership and Skills Conference. The conference began Thursday, April 18, and will end with the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 20. The event’s contests are being held at locations...
April 19, 2024
TSTC students back at SkillsUSA and ready to win gold
(HOUSTON, Texas) – The SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference has kicked off, and Texas State Technical College has students competing in a variety of skills. Along with other students representing roughly 30 different technical and community colleges across the state, they have gathered in Houston looking to win big. For a few of...
April 17, 2024
TSTC program hosts GE HealthCare
(WACO, Texas) – Staff from GE HealthCare’s Houston location visited Texas State Technical College’s Biomedical Equipment Technology program, which includes the Medical Imaging Systems Technology Specialization program, on Tuesday, April 16, to talk to students about the company’s work and to conduct interviews. GE HealthCare is a worldwide medical technology and pharmaceutical diagnostics company. TSTC...
April 17, 2024
TSTC graduate becomes youngest field service technician at Sunstate Equipment in Balch Springs
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The first time that Terrance “TJ” Holland, of Wills Point, attended a job fair at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location, he came across Sunstate Equipment. He now works for the construction rental company’s Balch Springs branch as its youngest field service technician.  Holland, a graduate of TSTC’s Diesel Equipment Technology program,...
April 17, 2024
TSTC Wind Energy Technology students go from classroom to careers
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Four candidates for graduation in Texas State Technical College’s Wind Energy Technology program this semester have signed with companies either to begin or continue their careers in the wind energy industry.  Sterling Hernandez will begin work at Oncor, while Joeangel Reyna will continue to work at RWE following his internship there. Casey...
April 16, 2024
Davila looks to put knowledge learned at TSTC into career as electrical technician
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Watching some technicians in action at his former job was the motivation that Demetrio Davila needed to return to college. The Colorado City native was working the board line at a Sweetwater gypsum plant 12 hours a day when he noticed something: Those technicians had a career with better hours and more...
April 14, 2024
TSTC event spotlights matching skills to jobs
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Some Texas State Technical College Automotive Technology and Wind Energy Technology students recently learned how their skills could relate to jobs at Altec Inc. during an employer spotlight at TSTC’s Harlingen location. Altec is a leading equipment and service provider for the electric utility, telecommunications, lights and signs, and contractor markets. John...
April 14, 2024
Nunez pursues better life in TSTC’s Drafting and Design program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – After working in some unfulfilling jobs, Carlos Nunez sought a career that would give him a better life. So he contacted an enrollment coach at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location. “I wanted to know which programs were associated with computers to take in the evening,” Nunez said. “I met an instructor...
April 14, 2024
TSTC students prepare for competitions at upcoming SkillsUSA Texas conference
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The month of April promises to be a thrilling and competitive challenge for more than 80 students from Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location. The students are preparing for the 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference, which will be held April 18-20 in Houston. SkillsUSA is a professional organization focused...
April 13, 2024
TSTC students train for upcoming SkillsUSA Texas conference in Houston
(HUTTO, Texas) – Twenty students from Texas State Technical College’s East Williamson County location are preparing to showcase their knowledge and skills. The students will compete at the 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference taking place from Thursday, April 18, to Saturday, April 20, in Houston. “It (SkillsUSA) helps you build your success,”...
April 11, 2024
TSTC graduate returns to college to improve his family business
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Marshall native Henry Wells joined the Drafting and Design program at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location after opening his family’s dream business, Wells Enterprises Unlimited LLC. “We wanted to build affordable houses,” he said. “That’s where TSTC came into play.” Wells had already graduated from TSTC before, earning an Associate of...
April 11, 2024
Woods enjoys time in TSTC’s Welding Technology lab
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Calder Woods said entering the Texas State Technical College Welding Technology lab is one of the best parts of his day. “I like the time I spend in the booth working on my projects,” the third-semester student from Throckmorton said. “I am able to concentrate on what I need to do.” Studying...
April 11, 2024
TSTC students determined to go for the gold at SkillsUSA
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location is sending 26 students to the 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference from Thursday, April 18, to Saturday, April 20, in Houston. “The SkillsUSA competition is a great opportunity for our students to not just put their talents to the test, but to learn from...
April 10, 2024
Duncan Aviation recruiter discusses career options with TSTC aviation maintenance students
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College aviation maintenance students are getting the skills they need to work for Duncan Aviation, one of the company’s recruiters said. “Our technicians remodel all types of aircraft,” Chris Murray, a Duncan Aviation corporate recruiter, told students during a recent employer spotlight at the college. “They learn well-rounded skills...
April 8, 2024
TSTC awards $1.27M in scholarships to 577 SkillsUSA Texas high school participants
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is making an investment in the future of Texas’ skilled workforce. In addition to being the title sponsor of the 2024 SkillsUSA Texas State Leadership and Skills Conference held April 3-6 in Corpus Christi, Texas, TSTC awarded $770,000 in $10,000 scholarships to 77 high school students who received...
April 7, 2024
TSTC Dental Hygiene program to celebrate Dental Hygienist Appreciation Week with second annual networking event
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – To commemorate Dental Hygienist Appreciation Week during the second week of April, Texas State Technical College’s Dental Hygiene program will host its second annual dental hygienist networking event in collaboration with dental supply companies Dentsply Sirona and Patterson Dental from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at SMOKE: Texas BBQ...
April 7, 2024
TSTC students, alumni highlight their skills at Industry Job Fair
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – More than 400 Texas State Technical College students and alumni recently discussed their job skills and qualifications with representatives from some 70 companies at TSTC’s Industry Job Fair at the Harlingen location on Thursday, April 4. Business and industry representatives described their company cultures, job benefits, and the qualifications they are looking...
April 7, 2024
TSTC Welding Technology student aims to earn second degree, finds niche in program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – April is National Welding Month, and Texas State Technical College Welding Technology student Laura Torres is honing her welding skills to meet job demands in the state. Torres is one of 10 women in the program at the Harlingen location. She was first introduced to welding at Edinburg Economedes High School (now...
April 4, 2024
TSTC Metallica Scholar thankful for help during time of need
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – “It was a blessing.” That is how Jackie Norman, a Texas State Technical College Metallica Scholar and Automotive Technology student, described his feelings after several people stepped up to offer financial assistance. Earlier this year, the engine on Norman’s pickup truck blew out, and he thought it would be a quick and...
April 3, 2024
Twins pursue their technical curiosities at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – One has an affinity for clothing in earth tones. The other likes to wear Hawaiian-style shirts. Carter and Samuel Marek, of Dripping Springs, are twins attending Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus. Carter Marek is studying Building Construction Technology, and Samuel Marek is a student in the Precision Machining Technology program. Both...
April 3, 2024
TSTC students get ready for upcoming SkillsUSA Texas conference in Houston
(WACO, Texas) – More than 60 students from Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus are preparing to put their know-how to the test. The students will compete at the 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference taking place from Thursday, April 18, to Saturday, April 20, in Houston. “This year we have quite a...
April 3, 2024
TSTC students get set for upcoming SkillsUSA Texas conference in Houston
(RED OAK, Texas) – More than 10 students from Texas State Technical College’s North Texas location are preparing to put their skills to the test. The students will compete at the 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference taking place from Thursday, April 18, to Saturday, April 20, in Houston. “Our students and faculty...
April 2, 2024
TSTC students balance night classes with day jobs
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Steven Williamson, a Precision Machining Technology instructor at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location, recently described one of the benefits of taking college classes at night: “You work during the day and then you come to school, and you still have time with family and friends.” Several TSTC students are benefiting from...
April 2, 2024
TSTC students in West Texas gear up for SkillsUSA competitions
(ABILENE, Texas) – All four of Texas State Technical College’s West Texas locations will be well represented during the 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference in Houston on April 18-20. With a total of 27 students participating from the Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater locations, TSTC provost Andy Weaver is excited to see...
March 31, 2024
Montalvo’s love for aviation leads to hands-on at TSTC
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College student Olivia Montalvo is a person who enjoys keeping herself busy. When she is not practicing martial arts, she is working on airplane engines in the Aircraft Powerplant Technology program at TSTC’s Harlingen location. Montalvo, who is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree, first sparked an interest...
March 31, 2024
Maldonado finds renewable energy education a right fit
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – It is never too late to consider college. That is the encouragement Texas State Technical College Wind Energy Technology student Joey Maldonado received from his family and friends so he could have a rewarding career. “(They) wanted me to find something to fall back on because I have the potential to do...
March 31, 2024
TSTC’s Nursing program observes Medication Safety Week
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Nurses have an important role of explaining and giving medication to improve the health of their patients. That awareness is emphasized in the Vocational Nursing and LVN to RN Transition programs at Texas State Technical College — especially during Medication Safety Week, which is observed April 1-7. Heather Sauceda, TSTC’s Vocational Nursing...
March 29, 2024
TSTC plumbing program hosts Heavy Equipment Rodeo
(WACO, Texas) – There weren’t any cowboy hats at this rodeo. Texas State Technical College’s Plumbing and Pipefitting Technology program hosted the Heavy Equipment Rodeo from Wednesday, March 27, to Friday, March 29, in Waco. About 20 Belton High School students also participated in the event. “I think the event exceeded expectations,” said Tony Montoya,...
March 28, 2024
TSTC’s Drafting and Design program visits TechServ
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The Drafting and Design program instructors at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location took their students on a tour of the joint-use administration and engineering firm TechServ in Tyler on Wednesday, March 27.  “I want (our students) to be able to see these companies for themselves, that way they know that there...
March 28, 2024
Spring TSTC Industry Job Fair helps students be seen by industry partners
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Over 80 companies and 250 students and alumni met in the Industrial Technology Center at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County location for the Spring Industry Job Fair on Thursday, March 28. The energy was palpable as industry partners looked to hire and students looked to apply. Many of the students...
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