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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.

For more information or to make a media request, contact the Executive Director of Communications, Dr. Kristina Campos-Davis

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June 15, 2021
Graduates of new TSTC program will help companies be safe, environmentally compliant
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is known for adapting its technical programs to fit the needs of industry. Starting this fall, a new degree will enable students to learn to protect the health and safety of others. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance combines two previous degrees...
June 15, 2021
TSTC adjunct instructor wins statewide award
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Teresa Cuellar received a surprise visit in her Harlingen High School classroom earlier this month. Cuellar, who is also an adjunct education and training instructor at Texas State Technical College, was named the Texas PTA secondary teacher of the year. Members of the Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District administration surprised her with...
June 11, 2021
TSTC technology programs encourage adaptability
(WACO, Texas) – Students in Texas State Technical College’s technology-related programs are getting a feel for what the real world is like as they take classes online. According to a Gallup Poll, 86 percent of the nation’s workers in the computer and mathematical fields were working remotely from October 2020 to April 2021. Twenty-one percent...
June 11, 2021
TSTC Welding Technology ready to meet the Rio Grande Valley’s needs
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The most recent expansion project in Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program involved adding 40 new welding stations and a new metal building for advanced fabrication.  The growth was needed to accommodate students in a field that is booming in the Rio Grande Valley as companies expand and other companies relocate...
June 9, 2021
TSTC filling need for wind technicians in Texas, beyond
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – The need for skilled workers who can harness the power of the wind and turn it into clean energy is increasing, and Texas State Technical College is at the forefront of training technicians for the burgeoning industry.  With renewable energy being used nationwide, additional wind energy technicians are being hired — and...
June 8, 2021
TSTC graduate keeps hospital computer system secure
(WACO, Texas) – McGarry Warden, of Cleburne, is a senior network administrator for Tennessee-based Community Health Systems. He graduated in 2012 from Texas State Technical College in Waco with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration. Warden’s job focuses on overseeing the network and server configurations for hospitals in Mississippi...
June 8, 2021
TSTC degrees keep Diesel Equipment Technology grads in demand
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – With more trucks rolling along interstates and highways, the need to keep them operational grows. Texas State Technical College’s Diesel Equipment Technology program, offered in Fort Bend County, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater and Waco, is seeing an increase in students wanting to enter the field. “We cannot turn out students fast enough,”...
June 8, 2021
Hurtado siblings work together to complete TSTC paramedic program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – There is a hint of sibling rivalry between Vanessa and Allen Hurtado. But they put it aside while studying to become paramedics at Texas State Technical College. The brother and sister said they have a common goal. “We really enjoy helping people and want to be there when they need help,” Allen...
June 8, 2021
Rodriguez working toward degree at TSTC to boost career
(ABILENE, Texas) – Balancing a full-time job, family and school is nothing new to Alfred Rodriguez. The 2020 Texas State Technical College graduate is back in the labs, studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Systems. Rodriguez previously earned a certificate in Diesel Equipment Technology from TSTC, but he wanted to add...
June 7, 2021
TSTC graduate discovers passion for computer programming
(WACO, Texas) – Jeremiah Stones was born in Houston and grew up in Waco. He graduated in 2017 from Texas State Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Programming Technology. Before graduation, Stones was hired at Citigroup in Irving as an intermediate-level Java programmer. He worked at the company for three...
June 7, 2021
TSTC program leads to cool jobs in Rio Grande Valley
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – When air conditioning breaks down on those sizzling Rio Grande Valley days, leave it to heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians to come to the rescue. More of the technical superheroes are needed in the region and throughout Texas. “Right now, we are getting job offers from different companies,” said Jorge Cabrera,...
June 4, 2021
TSTC Precision Machining Technology program trains students to fill area jobs
(HUTTO, Texas) – From computer tablets to soft drink cans, precision machining is a critical component of our lives. “When the economy is down, the first place that comes back is the machining world,” said Tim Hemesath, an instructor in the Precision Machining Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s East Williamson County campus. “Everything...
June 3, 2021
TSTC hosts tours for Ft. Hood Veterans groups
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College hosted two groups from the Killeen area for campus tours on Thursday. Twenty soldiers in the Army Recovery Care Program’s Soldier Recovery Unit at Fort Hood toured several TSTC programs and ate lunch on campus at the Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center in Waco.  The SRU enables...
June 1, 2021
Raymondville Early College High School students announce commitment to TSTC
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – College declaration days are not just for athletes. On May 21, nine Raymondville Early College High School students announced their plans to attend Texas State Technical College in the fall. The Texas Workforce Commission sponsors Texas Career Technical Signing Day events, like the Raymondville event, statewide to recognize students who are choosing...
June 1, 2021
Flores experiences college life while training for career
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Isaiah Flores wanted a 24/7 college experience. He decided to attend Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program in Sweetwater and live on campus. He has not regretted the decision to leave his childhood home of Hamlin to attend school. “I toured the Abilene lab and knew that welding would be a...
May 28, 2021
TSTC Electrical Power and Controls program filling area jobs
(RED OAK, Texas) – Electricity drives not only productivity, but also job creation. Warren Ketteman, president and chief executive officer of the Waxahachie Economic Development Corp., said the availability of electricity is a key factor for prospective companies interested in the city. The Waxahachie EDC and Texas State Technical College in North Texas work together...
May 28, 2021
TSTC Digital Media Design graduates offer skills, creativity to Rio Grande Valley
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – People who thrive on creativity can easily find digital media design jobs in Texas. Texas State Technical College’s online Digital Media Design program teaches students about digital imaging, digital video, photography, typography and other topics. With a well-curated portfolio, students can be confident in their abilities to work in agencies and businesses...
May 26, 2021
With construction increasing, TSTC fills welding needs
(ABILENE, Texas) – With construction projects increasing in West Texas, the need for welders will only grow. Greg Nicholas, Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology instructor in Abilene, said the number of area job postings for welders increases on a weekly basis, and that means construction is underway. “Currently there are more jobs available than...
May 26, 2021
TSTC Paramedic student takes advantage of second chance at life
(ABILENE, Texas) – Brittney Sims said she received a second chance at life for a reason. In 2005, Sims attempted to take her own life as a teenager and at one point was not responsive to paramedics trying to save her. Sixteen years later, Sims is now a student in Texas State Technical College’s Paramedic...
May 26, 2021
Hands-on approach leads Ramos to TSTC Automotive Technology
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Noe Ramos likes to work with his hands — especially on automobiles. After graduating from Mercedes High School in 2020, Ramos wanted to pursue a career in criminal justice but decided to change his career path. He learned about Texas State Technical College’s Automotive Technology program and is now pursuing an Associate...
May 24, 2021
TSTC graduate enables bank customers to use online services with ease
(WACO, Texas) – Travis Pitrucha grew up in Temple and graduated in 2018 from Texas State Technical College with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Programming Technology. He was hired after graduation at Citibank in Irving, where he is a senior software engineer. Pitrucha’s work involves developing and maintaining a series of small...
May 21, 2021
TSTC Precision Machining Technology program ready to meet area job needs
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – From airplane landing gears to smartphones, precision machining is a critical component of our lives. “Everything comes from an actual machine shop making the products you are going to need for later use,” said Isaac Gonzalez, lead instructor in Texas State Technical College’s Precision Machining Technology program in Harlingen.  Gonzalez said it...
May 20, 2021
Oil field salesman finds second career at TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – An oil field salesman is finding a second career, thanks to Texas State Technical College. Brett Dupre, of San Angelo, said the pandemic made him pivot his career plans, but he still wanted to get his hands dirty. He remembered touring TSTC while in high school, and now he is enrolled in...
May 17, 2021
IDEA San Benito students announce plans to attend TSTC
(SAN BENITO, Texas) – Family and friends of 26 IDEA San Benito seniors learned that Texas State Technical College would be the students’ school of choice beginning this fall. The high school students revealed their decision to attend TSTC during the annual college signing day celebration earlier this month. “Most of the students said they...
May 17, 2021
Childhood passion turns into career for TSTC student
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – From an early age, David Lopez-Cortez showed an interest in cars. The graduate of ATEMS High School knew by the age of five that he wanted to work on vehicles for a living. Lopez-Cortez said his passion started by playing with Hot Wheels toy cars at his childhood home. Lopez-Cortez wants to...
May 17, 2021
TSTC graduate plans to expand knowledge this fall
(WACO, Texas) – Zachary Muth is planning to continue his education in the fall. Muth, who graduated from Texas State Technical College’s Diesel Equipment Technology program last month, wants to add an occupational skills award in welding to his associate degree. “I plan to return this fall because the more skills I have, the better...
May 17, 2021
TSTC graduate wins first place at Waco arts event
(WACO, Texas) – A Texas State Technical College graduate recently placed first in the Wacotown Chalk + Walk arts event sponsored by Creative Waco. Shay MacMorran, of Waco, graduated in 2003 with an associate degree in Commercial Art and Advertising. She is currently a graphic designer at Winstar Marketing in Austin but works remotely from...
May 14, 2021
TSTC Precision Machining Technology program prepares graduates for in-demand jobs
(RED OAK, Texas) – From smartphones to the hubcaps on vehicles, precision machining is a critical component of our lives. “(Many human-made things would) not exist without a machine and its components,” said Nathan Cleveland, acting statewide lead in Texas State Technical College’s Precision Machining Technology program and associate provost at TSTC in Marshall. Cleveland...
May 14, 2021
TSTC Health Information Technology program ready to fill Valley jobs
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Health information technology enables people to work wherever they want to do their part to keep patients’ health care records organized. Beyda Ramirez, an instructor in Texas State Technical College’s Health Information Technology program in Harlingen, said graduates do more than handle billing and coding. They also maintain the accuracy of electronic...
May 14, 2021
TSTC Instrumentation Technology graduates play critical role in workforce
(WACO, Texas) – Instrumentation plays a critical role in the operation of oil refineries, petrochemical facilities, and power generation plants. Workers use programmable logic controllers, calibrate equipment, and maintain the control of flows, levels, temperatures, and pressures for production. Many of Texas State Technical College’s Instrumentation Technology graduates either have jobs before they graduate or...
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