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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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October 25, 2021
TSTC student finds outlet for passion through Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance program
TSTC student finds outlet for passion through Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance program (ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College student Connor Burke has a passion for the environment. When he earns his degree next summer in TSTC’s Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance program, he will have an opportunity to protect the environment through the...
October 25, 2021
TSTC Culinary Arts graduate instills fundamentals in teaching career
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Diego Ramirez, of Harlingen, is a graduate of Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Arts program. When a job opportunity to teach Culinary Arts arose at La Feria High School, he applied for it. He is now in his fifth year of teaching. He recalled thinking in his first year there, “It’s time...
October 24, 2021
TSTC perfect fit for Electromechanical Technology student
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Jeremy Denton found his educational niche at Texas State Technical College. Denton, of Colorado City, is in his final semester of the Electromechanical Technology program. He hopes that the Associate of Applied Science degree leads to a lifelong career. “At first I wanted to be an animator, but school did not go...
October 22, 2021
TSTC student reaps benefits of attending Virtual Industry Job Fair
(WACO, Texas) – Brandon Bozarth, of San Antonio, did not know when he logged in to Texas State Technical College’s Virtual Industry Job Fair last spring that it would lead to an internship and, later, a full-time career. Bozarth, an online Engineering student at TSTC, is a testing supervisor and project manager at POWER Engineers...
October 22, 2021
Consumers should research, ask questions regarding HVAC work
(WACO, Texas) – As Texans prepare to beat the fall chill, their heating units could use some attention from qualified technicians. Texas State Technical College’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program and the Better Business Bureau serving the Heart of Texas in Austin have ways for consumers to save time and effort in having...
October 21, 2021
Instructor: TSTC safety, compliance students have ‘vast opportunities’ in Houston area
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – A group of three Texas State Technical College Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance students peered into a dumpster tucked behind the Industrial Technology Center on TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus. While wearing personal protective equipment, they plucked trash from the receptacle, examining the material and condition of each item before photographing them...
October 21, 2021
TSTC Digital Media Design students go back to basics in challenge
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Digital Media Design students are going back to the basics. Throughout October, several students and instructors are participating in the Inktober challenge. The annual event focuses on improving a designer’s skill and developing a positive drawing habit, according to the challenge’s website, Each day of the month,...
October 20, 2021
TSTC welding instructor shares real-world advice with students
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Jason Tong, a Welding Technology instructor at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus, is full of pieces of advice for students in the program. “Pretty doesn’t pass,” for instance, encourages students to get over the notion that their welds have to look like popular videos on Instagram. Clean welds are...
October 19, 2021
Precision machining equipment is key for TSTC students’ training
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Many people recognize the feeling of starting a new job and not knowing what to do. In spite of previous experience and education, training is still required upon hiring. Texas State Technical College’s Precision Machining Technology program is looking to reduce — if not eliminate — that feeling for its graduates. A...
October 19, 2021
Former nurse studies aircraft technology at TSTC
(ABILENE, Texas) – Racheal Dupre has exchanged her stethoscope for a wrench. The former nurse is pursuing Associate of Applied Science degrees in Aircraft Airframe Technology and Aircraft Powerplant Technology at Texas State Technical College. In her first year in the program, Dupre has been pleased with what she has been able to accomplish. “I...
October 19, 2021
TSTC Electrical Lineworker Technology students welcome AEP safety presentation
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – “Safety first” was one of the messages that representatives from utility company American Electric Power had for students in the Electrical Lineworker Technology program at Texas State Technical College during a recent visit to TSTC’s Harlingen campus. The visitors from AEP stressed that the electric power industry is physically demanding and high-risk,...
October 19, 2021
Auto body knowledge motivates Ortiz for career in family’s shop
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Trinity Ortiz, of Harlingen, gained hands-on mechanics knowledge during her teenage years when she assisted her father in his auto shop.  That passion led to her enrolling at Texas State Technical College’s campus in Harlingen and pursuing a certificate of completion in Auto Collision Refinishing.  In the past year, her father and...
October 18, 2021
TSTC Industrial Systems program looks to grow opportunities with Waxahachie company
(RED OAK, Texas) – Texas State Technical College and a Waxahachie insulating glass manufacturer are in the early stages of building a partnership to bolster the career possibilities for Industrial Systems students at TSTC’s North Texas campus. “They have been great about working with us,” said Lily Connolly, Cardinal IG Co.’s recruiting manager in Waxahachie....
October 18, 2021
Lessons learned at TSTC lead to work in public housing
(WACO, Texas) – Sean Vanderveer, of Sherman, is a graduate of Texas State Technical College in Waco, where he earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, which is now known as Precision Machining Technology. He was recently named executive director of the Sherman Housing Authority and oversees 298 units.  At Southeastern...
October 18, 2021
TSTC students gain workplace-safety experience
(WACO, Texas) – Isolation is a good thing in Texas State Technical College’s Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance program. Students taking the Physical Hazards Control class recently worked on a safety lockout and tag-out exercise that taught how to control and isolate hazardous energy. Students worked with ball valves, breaker panels, gate valves and switches....
October 18, 2021
Hispanic Heritage Month: Former Marine finds exciting challenge in TSTC Welding Technology program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Life takes us in various directions, and for former U.S. Marine Christopher Torres, the Welding Technology program at Texas State Technical College caught his interest. Torres served as a CH-53E helicopter engine mechanic with the Marine Corps for two years. He said that while he is proud of his Hispanic heritage, he...
October 15, 2021
TSTC student pursues career change with robotics degree
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – When Wesley Robert was laid off from his automotive job at the onset of the pandemic, he decided to reshape his prospects by returning to school. Now, Robert expects to graduate from Texas State Technical College in spring 2022 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Robotics Technology. What initially got...
October 15, 2021
Burnside eager to learn welding skills from TSTC instructors
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Joel Burnside set a goal when he enrolled in Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program. Studying for a certificate of completion, Burnside wants to spend his time at TSTC learning all he can from the instructors in order to get into the field of welding. “I know that I am only...
October 13, 2021
TSTC’s diesel program gives students the hands-on drive they need to succeed
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Diesel Equipment Technology program is seeing its biggest session yet this semester on the Fort Bend County campus. Nearly 50 new students have started their technical training, learning in a hybrid format of online learning and hands-on training. “They can experience more and have more growth in the...
October 13, 2021
Duran likes environment of TSTC’s Wind Energy Technology program
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – The lab environment of the Wind Energy Technology program was one reason that Francisco Duran enrolled at Texas State Technical College. “It does not feel like a regular college. We are more like a family,” he said. “My classmates and the instructors are great. The instructors make us feel important and want...
October 12, 2021
TSTC Surgical Technology student applies gaming experience to laparoscopic simulator
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – It is fascinating to consider that a video gamer’s hand-eye coordination and response time could easily translate to the realm of a LapSim ST, a laparoscopic simulator used by students for lab purposes in the Surgical Technology program at Texas State Technical College. That is exactly the case for Celestino Salazar, who...
October 12, 2021
Spacecraft donation brings exciting project to TSTC’s Aircraft Airframe program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Not many college students get to fulfill their dream of being rocket scientists. But for two students of Leo Guajardo, a Texas State Technical College Aircraft Airframe and Powerplant instructor in Harlingen, they can come close. Guajardo and the students are the stewards of an X-38 space prototype vehicle frame for research...
October 12, 2021
Becoming licensed vocational nurse was natural step for TSTC student
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – It was only natural for Kelly Nelson to take the next step in her medical career. Nelson has been a certified nursing assistant for 16 years and a certified medical assistant for 10 years. With that experience on her resume, She decided to take the next step and is studying to become...
October 12, 2021
The TSTC Foundation receives $310,250 grant from Rio-South Texas Education and Community Development Foundation
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Leaders from Texas State Technical College and the Rio-South Texas Education and Community Development Foundation Inc. (RSTEF) gathered Thursday, Sept. 30, at TSTC’s Harlingen campus to celebrate a $310,250 grant to The TSTC Foundation for TSTC’s Biomedical Equipment Technology program and The TSTC Foundation’s Goal Line Assistance Scholarship. The RSTEF has pledged...
October 11, 2021
TSTC Robotics Technology moving into larger campus space
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Robotics Technology program is on the move. The program is slowly relocating from its longtime campus location in the Electronics Center into space being remodeled in the Dr. Roy G. Dugger Center, which is next door. The move is scheduled to be complete by the end of the...
October 11, 2021
The TSTC Foundation moves board meetings from Waco to Marshall
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The TSTC Foundation’s Board of Directors has moved its quarterly meetings from Waco to Marshall. The first meeting was recently held at the Texas State Technical College campus in Marshall. Leading the meeting was Cary “Mac” Abney, the board’s new chairman. Abney previously served as the board’s treasurer. “My service on The...
October 11, 2021
Crow hones welding skills at TSTC
(ABILENE, Texas) – Bailey Crow is no stranger to working hard. The Texas State Technical College Welding Technology student mowed yards as a child in order to buy his first welder. He is now studying for a certificate of completion to hone his skills in the field he loves. “When I was a kid, I...
October 11, 2021
TSTC’s Fort Bend County welding program continues to grow
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Sparks flew as students practiced their craft recently in the welding lab at Texas State Technical College’s campus in Fort Bend County. Lead instructor Jerroll Hodge walked from booth to booth, straightening strip curtains and answering questions from students. With an expansion completed in December 2020, the welding shop now houses 160...
October 8, 2021
Instructor shares insights from TSTC experience with students
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Joshua Schott, an instructor at Texas State Technical College, provides his students with powerful tools based on his unique experience. “I’ve been through what they’re doing, I see the problems that they have, and I can actually instruct them in ways that few other instructors can because they haven’t come up through...
October 7, 2021
TSTC partners with Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners for testing
TSTC partners with Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners for testing (AUSTIN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College, the leader in technical education, and the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE) have joined forces to provide a greater and more efficient method of administering exams for Texas plumbers. Last February’s winter storm had devastating...
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