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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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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...
March 20, 2023
TSTC Workforce Training and Continuing Education Maritime Welding program fills need of Texas workforce
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The Texas State Technical College Workforce Training and Continuing Education Maritime Welding program has helped train students since its inception in 2021. Individuals learn tough technical concepts during an eight-week period to prepare for the Texas workforce, and to alleviate concerns experienced in the welding industry. Students will learn components such as...
March 15, 2023
TSTC continues to work with area employers to provide workforce training
(HUTTO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education department provides specialized training to employers to meet their needs.  Corina Zepeda, the department’s director of industry relations at TSTC’s East Williamson County campus, began work in summer 2022. She is the first person at the campus to fill the role connecting employers...
March 13, 2023
TSTC to offer National Phlebotomy course in Brownwood
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – To help fill a medical need in Brown County and the surrounding area, Texas State Technical College is providing an answer. TSTC will offer a seven-week National Phlebotomy course beginning Monday, April 3, at the Brownwood campus. The course will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays, according to Doug Jeter,...
March 10, 2023
State Rep. Lopez visits TSTC’s Harlingen campus
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College hosted state Rep. Janie Lopez, R-San Benito, for a tour of the Harlingen campus on Friday, March 10. Being a TSTC alumna herself, Lopez said she was excited to return to TSTC. “I was a first-generation college student who studied bookkeeping at the time,” she said. “It feels...
March 6, 2023
TSTC students participate in Charro Days parade
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Some students from Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology and Workforce Training and Continuing Education programs recently participated in the annual Charro Days parade in Brownsville. The students waved to the crowd from a large flatbed-trailer float that featured models of utility poles decorated with traditional Mexican “papel picado.”...
February 27, 2023
TSTC preps students for automation in Precision Machining
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Precision machining has become a process more and more automated since its inception. With many industries needing vast amounts of specific parts, manual machining simply cannot keep up with the demand. As such, Texas State Technical College prepares students to face the modern challenges of the profession, training them to be the...
February 23, 2023
There’s No Such Thing as an Unskilled Texan
How Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training Programs Can Meet Your Workforce Needs (WACO, Texas) Predicting the Future of Labor If you work in recruitment or management, you already know about the challenges facing the employment market. If you work in the industrial or manufacturing industry, you are even more likely aware of the pain...
February 20, 2023
TSTC’s Workforce Training department and OSEC program team up to provide OSHA training
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education department and the Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance program at the Waco campus are joining together to provide Occupational Safety and Health Administration training throughout the state. Adam Barber, TSTC’s executive director of workforce training for the Central Texas and East Texas regions,...
January 30, 2023
TSTC Workforce Training alum finds success in welding
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Since the inception of Texas State Technical College’s Maritime Welding Workforce Training program in 2021, many alumni have found great success. One such graduate is Ezra Stieglitz, who now works as a welding instructor at an area educational institution in Harlingen. “I’ve always wanted to teach in higher education and help others...
December 16, 2022
TSTC schedules Workforce Training classes for spring
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College has scheduled several Workforce Training and Continuing Education classes for the spring semester. Cindy Brunett, TSTC’s executive director of Workforce Training and Continuing Education, said the classes will offer students the opportunity to enter the workforce quickly. “We are excited to be providing these opportunities to residents of...
December 4, 2022
TSTC Electromechanical Technology students learn about oil field job opportunities
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Electrical Power and Controls, Electromechanical Technology, and Industrial Systems students recently learned about careers in the oil field from representatives of Alamo Pressure Pumping during employer spotlights presented on the Abilene and Sweetwater campuses. Alamo Pressure Pumping representatives Ian Brown and Landon Burton told students about jobs and...
November 7, 2022
TSTC welcomes area school counselors to campus to learn about college’s resources
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Student Recruitment department recently held its first in-person Counselor Update after holding them virtually for two years due to the pandemic. Counselors from area secondary schools had the opportunity to visit with TSTC instructors and administrators, as well as TSTC industry partners who talked about their workforce needs....
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