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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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September 24, 2021
TSTC graduate motivated by growing business
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Luis Garcia, of Harlingen, is a graduate of Texas State Technical College’s Business Management Technology program. Last year he achieved his dream of owning his own business by the time he turned 40 when Vivid Promotional and Branding Products opened. Garcia was born in Minnesota and moved to Harlingen with his family...
September 24, 2021
New wave of computer technicians learning trade at TSTC
(ABILENE, Texas) – A new wave of computer technicians is learning to keep the world connected at Texas State Technical College. Adrian Medrano, a Computer Networking and Systems Administration instructor, said the program’s goal is to produce a graduate who is knowledgeable in all areas of information technology. “We do not focus on one area,...
September 22, 2021
TSTC’s Industrial Systems program prepares students for near-limitless opportunities
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Pick an industry — any industry — and with a degree in Industrial Systems from Texas State Technical College, you have the opportunity to thrive, says TSTC lead instructor Ray Smith. “For this program, you are not bound by a particular skill or trade,” he said. “You name an industry, and you...
September 22, 2021
TSTC aviation students excel at Weslaco airport volunteer work with flying colors
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – A group of aviation students from Texas State Technical College have gained valuable hands-on experience by volunteering to work at Mid-Valley Airport in Weslaco. TSTC student Adrian Nacianceno was among those who got a leg up through the opportunity. “Definitely great, very invaluable — I learned so much that I knew things...
September 22, 2021
Nursing profession intrigued TSTC student at young age
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Sherry Love knows she will have career options when she completes Texas State Technical College’s Vocational Nursing program in December. Love is studying to become a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), with plans to remain in her hometown of Breckenridge after graduating. “I know nursing has a very vast job field,” she said....
September 21, 2021
TSTC HVAC Technology program begins using performance-based education model
(WACO, Texas) – Students in Texas State Technical College’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program in Waco are getting their first taste of performance-based education (PBE) this semester. “We are coaching them through their labs,” said Timothy Snyder, lead instructor in TSTC’s HVAC Technology program in Waco. “We still have to keep them safe....
September 21, 2021
New TSTC lineworker cohort gets first taste of equipment, climbing
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – The Electrical Lineworker Technology pole yard and surrounding area at Texas State Technical College’s campus in Fort Bend County was abuzz with activity Thursday morning. It was equipment day: the first opportunity for first-semester students to get their hands on their gear — and try it out. Dozens of TSTC students waited...
September 21, 2021
TSTC offers dual enrollment opportunities to West Texas students
(ABILENE, Texas) – Seventeen West Texas school districts are taking advantage of dual enrollment opportunities at Texas State Technical College. A total of 119 students are on TSTC campuses during the day, learning from instructors in a variety of programs.  The most popular program is Welding Technology, with 63 students enrolled this semester. Stephen Hope,...
September 20, 2021
TSTC, Austin company partner for apprenticeship program
(HUTTO, Texas) – ICU Medical Inc., a company in Austin specializing in pure-play infusion therapy, has partnered with Texas State Technical College in East Williamson County’s Industrial Systems program to offer apprenticeships to selected students. “It’s really huge for our program,” said Lance Antilley, lead instructor in TSTC’s Industrial Systems program at the East Williamson...
September 20, 2021
TSTC Lending Library provides support to students
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Ray Carrillo, a Texas State Technical College Diesel Equipment Technology student, opened a cabinet tucked away in a storage closet on the second floor of the Brazos Center, the home of TSTC’s Lending Library.  Inside were boxes of tools and equipment neatly sorted and labeled. Beside the cabinet, textbooks lined a shelving...
September 20, 2021
New TSTC Nursing instructor brings passion, experience to position
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Before Janie Rodriguez became the newest Nursing instructor at Texas State Technical College’s campus in Harlingen, she already knew many of her future colleagues — and even students. She completed her master’s degree practicum at TSTC in March, implementing an experiential learning activity for the cohort of students at the time alongside...
September 20, 2021
Reid chooses TSTC Welding Technology to learn more techniques
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – William Reid, of Cisco, was looking for a good place to learn more welding techniques. After reviewing his options, Reid said he chose Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology because of the respect everyone at TSTC showed him. He said he made the correct decision to attend TSTC in Breckenridge. “Everyone I...
September 16, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott appoints three to TSTC Board of Regents
(WACO, Texas) – Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Lizzy de la Garza Putegnat and reappointed Tony Abad and Curtis Cleveland to the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on August 31, 2027.  Cleveland currently serves as chair of the nine-member board. De la Garza Putegnat, of Harlingen,...
September 15, 2021
TSTC and The Manufacturing Institute partner for virtual reality workforce training pilot program
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College and The Manufacturing Institute are partnering to pilot a remote virtual reality workforce training initiative aimed at helping transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses prepare for and excel in careers in modern manufacturing. The first cohort is scheduled to start on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. The institute’s...
September 15, 2021
TSTC Industrial Systems instructor proud of student achievements
(ABILENE, Texas) – Daniel Diaz is proud of his Industrial Systems students, both past and present. The Texas State Technical College instructor has seen nearly all of his graduates get jobs in Texas, and he has observed the skills of new students improve as they progress. Diaz is excited about the new students who began...
September 14, 2021
TSTC has presence at Abilene ISD’s LIFT Center
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College representatives connected with Abilene Independent School District students and their parents during the ribbon-cutting of the Leadership and Innovation in Future Technologies (LIFT) Center. TSTC dual enrollment representatives and recruiters will maintain a presence at the LIFT Center, Abilene ISD’s newest facility. During the Sept. 7 event, Abilene...
September 13, 2021
Sparks fill TSTC’s Welding Technology lab in Sweetwater
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – More welding torches are being used in the Welding Technology lab at Texas State Technical College’s Sweetwater campus. Instructor Taylor Elston is excited to see 26 new students, including two women, beginning their journey to a career as a welder. Elston said the new group is the largest he has had in...
September 10, 2021
Two TSTC automotive students succeed in state-level SkillsUSA competition
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The challenges may have looked a little different due to the pandemic, but that did not keep two Texas State Technical College automotive students from excelling during a recent SkillsUSA competition. Noe Ramos and Mark Gaspar, both Automotive Technology students, took first and second place, respectively, in SkillsUSA at the state level....
September 10, 2021
TSTC robotics students highly trained for in-demand careers
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College instructor Charles Sparks would like to help you reframe what you picture when you think of robotics — specifically in the context of TSTC’s Robotics Technology program. “Most people think they know what robotics is, but they really don’t have an idea,” he said. “We don’t do toys....
September 10, 2021
TSTC Electrical Power and Controls program offers bright opportunities
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – If you can imagine yourself standing in the center of a shopping mall — say, for example, the Galleria in Houston, with its corridors full of hundreds of stores and eateries — then you are already on your way to visualizing how many career opportunities Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Power and...
September 10, 2021
TSTC partners with 13 RGV high schools for student success in dual enrollment
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Many Rio Grande Valley high schoolers are taking advantage of Texas State Technical College’s dual enrollment program this school year. TSTC has active dual enrollment partnerships for the 2021-22 school year with Brownsville ISD, Harlingen CISD, La Feria ISD, Los Fresnos CISD, Lyford CISD, Mercedes ISD, Raymondville ISD, Rio Hondo ISD and...
September 10, 2021
TSTC welding instructor embraces creative side of metalworking
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Austin Hargett makes roses bloom from metal — thorns and all. The Texas State Technical College Welding Technology instructor can also get scorpions to skitter out of aluminum, bees to buzz around a honeycomb of hex nuts, and many other feats of metalworking. A co-worker who became a friend showed Hargett the...
September 9, 2021
Sen. Ted Cruz gets firsthand look at TSTC’s Waco campus
(WACO, Texas) – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) toured Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus Sept. 8, 2021, with stops at the college’s Aviation, Precision Machining and Welding programs. Led by TSTC Chancellor and CEO Mike Reeser and Waco campus provost Edgar Padilla, the tour included driving by the newly constructed Griffith Hall, a 246-unit...
September 9, 2021
Cabaniss takes advantage of scholarship to attend TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – A scholarship opportunity led Joshua Cabaniss, of Rotan, to Texas State Technical College. After learning of the Amadeus Wind Energy Scholarship from his high school principal, Cabaniss researched TSTC’s Wind Energy Technology program and enrolled. He is now studying for his Associate of Applied Science degree in the program and hopes to...
September 8, 2021
TSTC recruiters use innovative techniques to reach students
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College recruiters have become more innovative when talking to prospective students. Those efforts have had good results, according to Daniel Martin, TSTC’s student recruitment director for the West Texas campuses. “Student recruitment representatives found great success over the past 12 months, and we expect an improved enrollment for fall...
September 7, 2021
TSTC in Marshall partners with schools for dual enrollment classes
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College in Marshall is offering more dual enrollment opportunities this year for high school students. Some of TSTC’s technical programs that were previously taught in person on select campuses are now available in online formats. Some of TSTC’s programs that high school students are taking include Architectural Design and...
September 7, 2021
TSTC Automotive Technology student receives nationwide scholarship
(WACO, Texas) – Eli Alvarez, of Hutto, grew up working on cars with his father. That interest led him to Texas State Technical College with an automotive scholarship in hand. Alvarez is one of five recipients nationwide to receive a $10,000 scholarship from Pep Boys’ Find Your Drive initiative. He is in his first semester...
September 7, 2021
TSTC instructors see bright future for Welding Technology students
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is known for its Welding Technology program. Greg Nicholas, an instructor at the Abilene campus, said the program is thriving, with new students eager to learn and show off their skills. “If this group of students remain committed, which I think they will, we are going to be...
September 3, 2021
Over 100 high schoolers pull double duty in TSTC dual enrollment program this fall
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – About 110 local high schoolers are taking advantage of the dual enrollment program at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus this semester. The number of students participating this year is nearly double that of last year, said Joann Flores, a TSTC dual enrollment recruitment representative. She recently took on the...
September 3, 2021
TSTC Cybersecurity program helps train online defenders
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – When the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline made headlines earlier this year as the East Coast suffered a gas shortage, it was simply the latest and most visible example of an ongoing threat posed by hackers. Other incidents have compromised the personal information and accounts of many, causing our nation’s leaders to...
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