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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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May 19, 2024
TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education program honors graduates
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – During an evening of celebration on May 10 at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location, a group of 24 TSTC Workforce Training and Continuing Education graduates received their certificates of completion. The graduates were from the Advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Machining, NCCER Maritime Welding, and Patient Care Technician programs. Myra De...
May 16, 2024
TSTC’s Professional Driving Academy emphasizes safety in its one-month CDL course
(MARSHALL, Texas) – In Texas State Technical College’s Professional Driving Academy, students can receive the training needed for a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in just one month. “Every aspect of every part of our society — commerce, construction, housing, food, everything — relies on the trucking industry,” Wayne Bradley, a CDL trainer at...
May 10, 2024
TSTC holds ceremony for Tesla START program graduates
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Thirteen Automotive Technology students in the Tesla START program at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County location were honored at their graduation ceremony held at TSTC’s Brazos Center on Friday, May 10. Each graduate received an advanced technical certificate in Automotive Tesla START Technician. The program is a collaboration between TSTC...
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 14, 2024
Apprenticeships offer extra training for TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology students
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The Diesel Equipment Technology instructors at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus regularly team up with local companies to offer apprenticeships in off-road diesel equipment to their students.  “Apprenticeship programs have been out there since the industry began,” Ralph Cottrell, one of the program’s instructors, said. “It’s one of the ways that...
February 15, 2024
TSTC to offer fiber optics installer training
(ABILENE, Texas) – One of the fastest-growing jobs in the United States is that of fiber optics installer. Texas State Technical College will provide training for people interested in the profession at the four West Texas campuses beginning in March, according to Cindy Brunett, TSTC’s executive director of Workforce Training and Continuing Education. “The federal...
February 8, 2024
TSTC’s Sweetwater campus rolls out CDL program
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – With the job outlook bright for people holding a commercial driver’s license (CDL), Texas State Technical College is once again expanding its Professional Driving Academy. The four-week program will begin its first class at TSTC’s Sweetwater campus on Monday, March 4. Five students will be accepted for the class being taught by...
January 29, 2024
TSTC instructors share winter safety tips for truck drivers
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Truck drivers have an essential job of transporting goods or materials, but winter weather conditions can cause concerns while they travel on the open road. According to the Federal Highway Administration‘s website, each year 24% of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and 15% happen during snowfall or...
January 19, 2024
TWC’s Commissioner Representing Employers sees how TSTC contributes to Texas workforce during campus tour
(RED OAK, Texas) – Texas State Technical College welcomed Joe Esparza, the Texas Workforce Commission’s Commissioner Representing Employers, to its North Texas campus on Friday, January 19, for a tour of the Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program and some of TSTC’s other industry training labs. In addition to Esparza, representatives from local independent school districts, some...
January 5, 2024
How TSTC introduces digital tools in the learning environment
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The instructors and staff of Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus have been asked before how they introduce digital tools in the learning environment. TSTC knows that as technology continues to evolve, the classrooms’ resources must evolve as well. Throughout their previous careers, Automation and Controls Technology instructors Douglas Clark and Troy...
January 3, 2024
TSTC honors Tesla START program graduates in ceremony
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Students of the Tesla START program at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus were honored at their graduation ceremony held in the campus’s Brazos Center on Friday, Dec. 15. The program is a collaboration between TSTC and Tesla START that offers an intensive 16-week electric vehicle service training program designed...
December 12, 2023
TSTC recognized by nationwide automation certification organization
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College has been recognized by the Smart Automation Certification Alliance for the number of microcredential certifications awarded to noncredit Industrial Systems students in 2022. “I think it just validates the push for industry-based certifications,” said Adam Barber, TSTC’s executive director of Workforce Training and Continuing Education for the Marshall,...
November 7, 2023
TSTC expands its training opportunities for area companies
(HUTTO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education department is expanding its offerings for companies in Williamson County. Nine employees from TASUS Texas Corp. and R&D Molders Inc., both plastics fabrication companies in Georgetown, are taking a 12-week maintenance technician course at the Hutto campus. Angie Reyes, human resources and safety...
November 6, 2023
TSTC’s Marshall campus hosts regional Texas High School Welding Series competition
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College hosted a Texas High School Welding Series (TXHSWS) regional welding competition on Friday, Nov. 3, at the college’s Marshall campus.  The student competitors were scored on a pass/fail system, and those who passed received an American Welding Society certification. Ninety-nine high school students from across Texas participated in...
November 5, 2023
Scholarships available for TSTC Workforce Training and Continuing Education program’s NCCER courses
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – November is National Scholarship Month, and Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education program has scholarships available for its upcoming National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core, Carpentry and Electrical courses. The courses are for individuals who are interested in developing or enhancing their technical training skills. “The...
October 13, 2023
TSTC expanding Professional Driving Academy to Brownwood
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Professional Driving Academy is growing. “I am extremely excited to have the Professional Driving Academy in Brownwood because there is a big demand for CDL (commercial driver’s license) drivers locally and across the state,” said Raquel Mata, associate provost of TSTC’s Brownwood campus. Cindy Brunett, TSTC’s executive director...
October 11, 2023
TSTC to offer water plant operation license courses
(ABILENE, Texas) – Two courses at Texas State Technical College will provide water plant operators the chance to have employees earn a license. TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education has scheduled two 20-hour courses for water system employees. Cindy Brunett, TSTC’s executive director of Workforce Training and Continuing Education, said it will help fill a...
September 17, 2023
TSTC partners with Practice Management Institute to provide medical training
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College and Practice Management Institute (PMI) are providing a system-wide training initiative for Hendrick Health employees in Abilene.  The program will bring front desk, management, coding, compliance and billing courses to hospital employees. It will also include certifications for Certified Medical Office Manager (CMOM), Certified Medical Coder (CMC), Certified...
September 14, 2023
TSTC, city, county host groundbreaking ceremony for The WorkSITE
(WACO, Texas) – Leaders from Texas State Technical College, the city of Waco, and McLennan County gathered on Thursday, Sept. 14, to ceremonially break ground for The WorkSITE (Skills, Innovation, Training and Education) workforce training facility. The $17 million, 25,000-square-foot building will be on Wycon Drive in Waco. The training facility’s purpose is to increase...
September 10, 2023
TSTC’s CDL instructors embrace purpose in educating future truck drivers
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Educating and training men and women for truck driving careers is a commitment taken seriously by the instructors at Texas State Technical College’s Professional Driving Academy. That devotion will be celebrated as part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week from Sept. 10 to 16. The Professional Driving Academy prepares trainees to test...
August 25, 2023
TSTC receives $149,000 grant for Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program
(RED OAK, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus recently received a $149,000 grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments to be used to support and sustain the next two cohorts of apprentices for the Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program. The grant will be used to pay tuition for 22 apprentices and...
August 20, 2023
TSTC to host one-day course for HVAC, plumbing license renewal
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Licensed plumbers and heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians in West Texas sometimes have to travel hundreds of miles to earn their required continuing education units for license renewals. Texas State Technical College is providing an opportunity to take the required classes closer to home. TSTC’s Breckenridge campus will host a...
August 4, 2023
Tesla START program students honored at TSTC graduation
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Students of the Tesla START program on Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus were honored at their graduation ceremony held in the campus’ Brazos Center on Friday, July 28. The program is a collaboration between TSTC and Tesla START to offer an intensive 16-week electric vehicle service-training program designed to...
July 10, 2023
TSTI alumnus polishes skills in TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Before Texas State Technical Institute became Texas State Technical College in 1991, Jose Luis Leija was enrolled there in Electronics Technology. Recently he recalled when, as a child, he would tinker with objects around the household. “I enjoyed disassembling and reassembling items that I found in the house,” Leija said. Those childhood...
June 12, 2023
TSTC Maritime Welding students benefit from instructor’s training, experience
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – When Texas State Technical College Welding Technology alumnus Samuel Grimaldo accepted a job as the Maritime Welding instructor in TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education program, he did not anticipate the influence that his experience would have on the students. “I teach shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, flux core...
June 11, 2023
Penney returns to West Texas to complete TSTC’s FAST Trac aviation program
(ABILENE, Texas) – Sarah Penney knew exactly where she wanted to study after she left the U.S. Air Force. Penney, who served for 12 years in the Air Force, knew that Texas State Technical College’s 16-week FAST Trac Airframe and Powerplant training program prepares veterans, as well as civilians and active-service personnel, to become well-rounded...
June 9, 2023
CDL training program at TSTC provides opportunity for higher pay
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – It was a hot and muggy morning when five students of the Professional Driving Academy of Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education department were out practicing how to reverse a tractor-trailer. Kelli Wilson, the instructor for the academy on TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus, said the students are looking...
May 26, 2023
TSTC and Bombardier train apprentices for aerospace industry
(RED OAK, Texas) – The Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program that partners with Texas State Technical College is recruiting students for its next cohort of aviation apprentices. In late 2019, aviation company Bombardier and TSTC joined forces for a paid apprenticeship program to prepare students to be aerospace assembly mechanics. The program includes 12 weeks of...
May 25, 2023
TSTC to host summer community cooking classes
(HUTTO, Texas) – Austin-area residents with an interest in cooking have an opportunity to learn this summer from Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Arts program. Community cooking classes will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays from June 15 to Aug. 3. Classes will be held on the third floor of the...
April 14, 2023
TSTC obtains new robotics equipment to meet industry demands
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College prides itself on working with the industries it serves to provide the best, most up-to-date training. A recent example of this occurred at TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus, where the Robotics and Industrial Controls Technology program purchased new training equipment so graduates can meet the needs of the...
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