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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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January 26, 2022
TSTC Career Services give tips on top interview questions
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is known for its relevant, hands-on training for students in a wide variety of technical programs. With a mission of placing more Texans in good-paying jobs, TSTC’s Career Services department offers additional and powerful resources for students beyond the lab. The Career Services department regularly hosts virtual workshops...
January 26, 2022
TSTC alumni return to provide seminar to Surgical Technology students
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College alumni Louie Munoz and Julio Hernandez recently conducted a seminar to TSTC Surgical Technology students. The purpose was to share with current students the proper procedures on how to apply an arm cast. This is the second year in a row that the graduates have offered their professional...
January 26, 2022
Army veteran picks TSTC Welding Technology for second career
(ABILENE, Texas) – The ability to work at his own pace is one reason Garrett Hamner enjoys Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program. The U.S. Army veteran also knew welding would be a career path after his military service. Hamner credits his Jim Ned High School agriculture science teacher for his interest in welding....
January 25, 2022
New testing facility for Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners opens at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – A ribbon-cutting held Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus marked the opening of a high-tech testing facility for licensing by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE).  TSTC, the state’s leader in technical education, and TSBPE have joined forces to provide a greater and more efficient method...
January 25, 2022
TSTC Emergency Medical Services medical director welcomes cohort
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Dr. Julia Nathan, Texas State Technical College’s Emergency Medical Services medical director, welcomed the spring 2022 cohort to the program recently in Harlingen. Nathan discussed many topics, including the program’s preliminary expectations, professionalism, instructor availability, learning from errors in medical knowledge, and the psychological responses involved with this career pathway. “The key...
January 25, 2022
TSTC Automotive Technology student destined to work on vehicles
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – After putting an engine in a 1984 Chevrolet pickup truck, Tate Potter knew he was destined to work on vehicles. Potter said he felt a sense of accomplishment when he completed the job and began preparing his career. He is working to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology...
January 24, 2022
Influenced by grandfathers, TSTC students focus on future in diesel industry
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Alaijavon Johnson and Trevor Milton learned that they have at least one thing in common. The Texas State Technical College Diesel Equipment Technology students were influenced by their grandfathers to work in the diesel engine industry. Both are studying for a certificate of completion in the program with plans to open their...
January 24, 2022
New TSTC instructor looks to inspire students
(MARSHALL, TEXAS) – Ralph Cottrell, of Arp in Smith County, began working at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus this month as an instructor in the Diesel Equipment Technology program. Cottrell grew up in Blackfoot, Idaho, and is a graduate of Blackfoot High School. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Safety from...
January 24, 2022
TSTC Robotics program sets students up for oilfield automation success
Automation offers enhanced safety, efficiency and control (ROSENBERG, Texas) – Oil and gas drilling contractor Nabors Industries made history in October 2021 as the company announced that its PACE-R801, the first fully automated land drilling rig, reached total depth on its first well, located in Midland, Texas. While the company retained a similar number of...
January 20, 2022
Scholarship recipient from Hutto sings TSTC’s praises to peers
(HUTTO, Texas) – Richie Cooper, of Hutto, realized early on that he could use his hands and mind to be the technically skilled worker that a company wants. Cooper recently started his second semester at Texas State Technical College in East Williamson County in the Industrial Systems – Mechanical Specialization program, where he is working...
January 20, 2022
TSTC Diesel Equipment instructor gives top tips for winter vehicle maintenance
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – When the temperature dips down to freezing, are you sure that your diesel engine is going to start — and that your vehicle is going to perform like you expect it to? “With the fleet that I used to work for, we would start watching out at 32 degrees,” said Jose Reyna,...
January 20, 2022
TSTC alumnus builds rapport at local auto collision shop
Texas State Technical College alumnus Philip Saldana’s interest in automotive repair was piqued at a young age. That was the starting point that guided him toward a future career path. Saldana, of Harlingen, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Auto Collision and Management Technology from TSTC’s Harlingen campus in December 2019. He furthered...
January 19, 2022
Dirickson always knew that TSTC was in his future
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Since the age of 13, Cameron Dirickson knew that he wanted to attend Texas State Technical College. Dirickson, of Comanche, is studying for a certificate of completion in Welding Technology, with plans to follow in a family member’s footsteps. “My cousin has been a welder for a long time and owns his...
January 19, 2022
TSTC’s Automotive Technology program introduces new manufacturer trainings
The Automotive Technology program at Texas State Technical College is improving its educational resources with two new online manufacturer-specific trainings: Toyota Technician Education College Support (TECS) and the Mopar Career Automotive Program (CAP). The TECS program will offer students e-learning modules with an online library of repair and training information. These resources will qualify a...
January 18, 2022
TSTC’s Mechatronics Technology student embraces program with father’s influence
Jose Reyes, of Harlingen, grew up with a unique connection to electronics, from building basic electronic kits as a child with his father to observing the robotics club events at his former high school. Those interests in mechanical and electronic engineering led him to enroll at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus, where he is...
January 17, 2022
TSTC safety instructor prepares students for rapidly shifting industry
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Occupational safety and environmental compliance jobs are already challenging and in demand, particularly in industry-heavy Houston. However, COVID-19 has added new hurdles for professionals on both the occupational and the environmental sides of the industry. “It’s actually pretty chaotic,” said Andrea Skinner-Creeks, a Texas State Technical College Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance...
January 14, 2022
TSTC students, staff excited to be back on campus
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – When Texas State Technical College’s spring semester began earlier this month, the excitement was felt throughout the Sweetwater campus. Students moved into their dorm rooms or apartments prior to the first day of school on Monday, Jan. 10, and quickly had a feeling of being a college student. With the Wellness and...
January 12, 2022
TSTC Industrial Systems student plans to continue family businesses
(ABILENE, Texas) – Colter Denson wants to take over his family’s businesses someday. To help him prepare for the future, Denson is working on a certificate of completion in Industrial Systems at Texas State Technical College.  His father owns two businesses in the Abilene area, and Denson wants to be his successor. “I plan to...
January 12, 2022
TSTC Culinary Arts program talks tamales
The Culinary Arts program at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus educates students about various recipes from all over the world. One of those recipes is for tamales. Veronica Munguia, a TSTC Culinary Arts instructor, said various regions prepare them differently. “We use cornhusks, fill and fold over the masa for the ones we are...
January 11, 2022
TSTC welcomes students back for the spring semester
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is welcoming students back for the first week of the spring semester.  “The provost’s office is very excited to welcome back our students taking both virtual and hybrid classes,” said Jerome Mendias, TSTC’s associate provost. “ We could not be happier to kick off another successful semester and...
January 11, 2022
TSTC student hopes longtime interest in computers leads to career
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Matthew Turney has always been interested in computers and decided to make working on them a new career. Turney is studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration at TSTC with a goal of beginning his new career. “I was seeking a higher-paying career, and that...
January 11, 2022
Hendrick Health staff to benefit from TSTC, PMI partnership
(ABILENE, Texas) – The health care industry is one of the most complex industries in the world because it constantly changes. To help keep up with new trends, Texas State Technical College and Practice Management Institute have teamed up to train Hendrick Health staff members on the new upscale medical and billing coding systems. The...
January 11, 2022
TSTC’s Advocacy and Resource Center is expanding
Exciting changes and new opportunities are on the horizon through the Advocacy and Resource Center at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus this semester. TSTC’s Advocacy and Resource Center will host a grand opening for its new center Feb. 2. “One of the biggest projects we are excited for is remodeling and expanding our Advocacy...
January 10, 2022
TSTC embraces safety, normalcy at start of spring semester
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – A chilly but bright morning welcomed Texas State Technical College students to the Fort Bend County campus Monday, Jan. 10, on the first day of the spring 2022 semester. It was El Campo resident Joshua Laslie’s first semester at TSTC, though he intends to finish his bachelor’s degree in emergency management from...
January 7, 2022
Gene Haas Foundation gives $80,000 statewide through The TSTC Foundation to support Precision Machining program 
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Anyone can dream up an idea, but it takes manufacturing to bring that dream to life. “Without manufacturing, nothing gets made,” said Matt Sykora, a representative for Haas Automation. Such a crucial facet of the economy requires highly trained workers, which Texas State Technical College works to provide with its Precision Machining...
January 5, 2022
TSTC HVAC graduate exceeds company goals
Shaun Davis, of San Benito, demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit of establishing his own business in his early 20s. He graduated from Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus in May 2001 with a certificate of completion in Computerized Bookkeeping. “I was excellent at handling money,” he said. “I sold auto parts for vehicles and motorcycles as...
January 4, 2022
TSTC Electrical Power and Controls student hopes to bring diversity to field
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Helena “Lani” Orr does not look like a typical electrical technician. But once she earns her Associate of Applied Science degree in Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Power and Controls program, she hopes she can help change that — particularly since the industry resonates with her and comes with an added bonus...
January 4, 2022
TSTC employees honored with years of service award
Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus recently celebrated staff and faculty members who have served the college’s vision for five to 35 years of service. Jean Lashbrook, TSTC’s associate provost, said she appreciates the recognition of 25 years with the college. “That is a long time unless you absolutely love what you do!” she said. “I...
December 30, 2021
TSTC Cybersecurity instructor on ransomware attacks: Bring backup
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – In our increasingly connected world, headline-grabbing cyberattacks are becoming more frequent — especially when they wreak havoc on things like the supply chain, paychecks and access to online services. One type of attack in particular has caused headaches worldwide. “Of cyberattacks, ransomware is probably the nastiest of them all,” said Texas State...
December 30, 2021
TSTC looks back on busy fall semester
The busy fall semester at Texas State Technical College’s campus in Harlingen has included many moments of pride. Here is a look back at some of the semester’s highlights: New leadership Amanda Posada, TSTC’s executive director of Dual Enrollment, became the interim provost of the Harlingen campus. Former campus provost Cledia Hernandez took on the...
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