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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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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....
October 27, 2022
TSTC honors two Taylor County companies for Professional Driving Academy donations
(ABILENE, Texas) – Two Taylor County business owners did not hesitate when asked to help Texas State Technical College’s Professional Driving Academy. Circle C Hauling and Dunagin Transport were honored for their donations of two tractor-trailers to the commercial driver’s license (CDL) program during a ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 27. Circle C Hauling also donated...
October 25, 2022
TSTC Professional Driving Academy celebrates partnership with Arrow Truck Sales
(MARSHALL, Texas) – More skilled truck drivers will be on the highways, thanks to an alliance between Arrow Truck Sales and Texas State Technical College. Brock Gavin, president of Arrow Truck Sales, said partnering with TSTC’s Professional Driving Academy was a perfect opportunity to showcase the need for commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders in the...
September 16, 2022
TSTC relaunches CDL program during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College observed National Truck Driver Appreciation Week by relaunching the commercial driver’s license (CDL) program in West Texas. September 11-17 is a time to honor truck drivers for their work delivering goods to consumers and for keeping highways safer. It was also the perfect time for TSTC to relaunch...
August 21, 2022
TSTC accepting applications for dental assistant program
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is accepting applications for the FAST Trac dental assistant program. Classes are scheduled to begin September 12 and continue through December 12. Classes will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at TSTC’s East Abilene campus located at 650 E. Highway 80. “The program...
August 17, 2022
Texas Sen. Nichols visits TSTC’s Marshall campus
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College hosted state Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, for a visit to the Marshall campus on Wednesday. Nichols, led by TSTC staff, visited the college’s commercial driver’s license (CDL) training program, along with the Automation and Controls Technology and Precision Machining Technology programs. “It was a pleasure to host the...
August 2, 2022
TSTC brings CDL course back to West Texas
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College will begin offering commercial driver’s license (CDL) classes at its Abilene campus later this year. Through grants and donations, TSTC will offer four-week classes beginning September 12 to prepare students for the CDL written examination, while teaching general truck-driving skills with a hands-on component and instruction coordinated with...
July 22, 2022
TSTC to provide OSHA training in West Texas
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College will provide Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) training at each of its four West Texas campuses in August. Classes will be offered in two-day courses that will lead to OSHA 10 credentials. Each course is limited to 10 students, who must attend both days to receive credit....
June 14, 2022
TSTC Workforce Training program helps veterans transition to civilian life
(ABILENE, Texas) – A FAST Trac Workforce Training program offered at Texas State Technical College helps military veterans prepare for careers as civilians. The 16-week Airframe and Powerplant training program prepares veterans, as well as civilians and active-service personnel, to become well-rounded technicians. It is intended for anyone eligible to have their airman certificate or...
June 8, 2022
CDL trainer brings gender diversity to TSTC’s Professional Driving Academy
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Women are gradually changing the perception that driving commercial vehicles is for men only. Neiva Martinez, of Brownsville, is one of those women. She is making an impact in Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education Professional Driving Academy as the program’s first-ever female CDL (commercial driver’s license) trainer. “I...
May 31, 2022
Second Tesla START cohort graduates at TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus
Graduates will go on to work at Tesla Service Centers across the U.S. (ROSENBERG, Texas) – Eight Tesla START students became graduates — and Tesla employees — during a ceremony filled with cheers and celebration Thursday, May 26. The group represents the program’s second cohort on Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus —...
May 27, 2022
TSTC workforce training opportunities available in Brownwood
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Registration for two workforce training programs at Texas State Technical College’s Brownwood campus is still open. TSTC will offer Electrical Systems and Electrical Motor Control courses, which are part of the Industrial Systems training program. The Electrical Systems course will be taught June 6-10, while the Electric Motor Control course will be...
May 25, 2022
TSTC CDL earner looks forward to journey ahead
With his CDL, Robert Smith hopes to be an owner-operator in trucking (ROSENBERG, Texas) – Robert Smith owned a barber shop and beauty salon for 20 years. He stepped away from the business after a divorce and needed a new career. “The next best thing to do to keep my lifestyle going that I’m accustomed...
May 4, 2022
TSTC workforce training alums find success at area hospital
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Linette Jackson and Johnny Sierra, both graduates of Texas State Technical College’s Phlebotomy Technician workforce training program, have experienced successful careers helping other people. Jackson and Sierra now work at Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen. Jackson is a laboratory technician, while Sierra is a laboratory assistant. Additionally, Jackson is a part-time...
April 28, 2022
TSTC in Fort Bend County earns third-party CDL testing site designation
Designation means students may earn their CDLs in less time (ROSENBERG, Texas) – The Texas Department of Public Safety recently designated Texas State Technical College’s campus in Fort Bend County as a third-party testing site for individuals seeking to earn their commercial driver’s license, or CDL. Usually students had to schedule and take the test...
March 30, 2022
Career pathways on display during TSTC open house
(ABILENE, Texas) – More than 200 high school students had the chance to interact with the latest technology during Texas State Technical College’s Industrial Technology Center open house on Friday, March 25. Students discussed career pathways with different instructors and learned about various services provided by TSTC. It was the first in-person open house at...
February 23, 2022
TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education welding students earn NCCER certificates
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education program recently held a graduation ceremony for its third cohort of welding students. Eight students embraced the challenging eight-week training program. Each individual earned a Maritime Welding Level 1 certificate from the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) under the direction...
January 31, 2022
TSTC receives state grants for workforce training
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College has received two grants from the Texas Reskilling and Upskilling for Education (TRUE) Institutional Capacity Grants program for workforce training. The money is available through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund. TSTC has received $129,987 to support the college’s statewide effort to expand industrial training opportunities by adding...
January 25, 2022
New testing facility for Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners opens at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – A ribbon-cutting held Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus marked the opening of a high-tech testing facility for licensing by the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSBPE).  TSTC, the state’s leader in technical education, and TSBPE have joined forces to provide a greater and more efficient method...
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