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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, 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...
January 11, 2022
Hendrick Health staff to benefit from TSTC, PMI partnership
(ABILENE, Texas) – The health care industry is one of the most complex industries in the world because it constantly changes. To help keep up with new trends, Texas State Technical College and Practice Management Institute have teamed up to train Hendrick Health staff members on the new upscale medical and billing coding systems. The...
December 20, 2021
TSTC campus’ first female CDL earner steers toward success
First Female CDL Driver Lands Role (ROSENBERG, Texas) – Yesenia Aguinaga once knew nothing about commercial driving except that it might be a way to make good money quickly. In spite of her lack of experience, the Rosenberg resident was able to earn her commercial driver’s license (CDL) earlier this year at Texas State Technical...
December 16, 2021
First Tesla START cohort on TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus graduates
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus saw its first Tesla START cohort graduate Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Chapman Lai, Richie Martinez, Aaron McKenzie, Vincent Packer, Christopher Ramos, Paul Schwab, Dy’Quon Starling and Nathaniel Steinbicker received certificates from Tesla and TSTC. The Tesla START program gives students the skills necessary to...
December 7, 2021
State Rep. Rogers recognizes TSTC instructors’ passion for helping future workforce
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – State Rep. Glenn Rogers, R-Graford, was impressed with the hands-on learning opportunities and technology available at Texas State Technical College’s Breckenridge campus during a recent tour. Rogers toured the campus December 2 with some members of TSTC’s West Texas administration and experienced using some equipment that students train with on a daily...
November 22, 2021
TSTC graduate highlights apprenticeship success to current students
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Texas State Technical College graduate Kaitlin Sullivan recently returned to TSTC to tell a group of current students about her successful internship in Germany with printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer that led to her current job at the company’s Dallas facility. During a recent industry spotlight at the college, Sullivan, who...
November 19, 2021
Fifth cohort of Tesla START program graduates at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – The Tesla START program at Texas State Technical College held a recognition ceremony Thursday, Nov. 18, for its fifth cohort of graduates. The TSTC students began the 12-week training program in August to learn the skills necessary to become advanced electric vehicle technicians at Tesla. As a Tesla-paid hourly intern, the students...
November 19, 2021
Second cohort completes national workforce training program at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – Five U.S. Army soldiers stationed in Kansas and Texas completed the Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program Thursday, Nov. 18, making up the second such cohort to attend classes at Texas State Technical College. The 12-week program enabled soldiers to travel to Waco four days a week to take classes in mechatronics,...
November 17, 2021
State Sen. Charles Perry says TSTC is good for area businesses
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, toured Texas State Technical College’s newest Industrial Technology Center last week.   “TSTC is training the workforce of tomorrow,” he said of his first visit to the Abilene campus. “Many of the things we take for granted, like turning on the power, are being taught and trained...
November 4, 2021
TSTC Workforce Training department updates CDL training to meet new federal law
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Workforce Training department will update its commercial driver’s license (CDL) training to meet compliance as an accredited program for the new Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) that will take effect Feb. 7, 2022, and be overseen by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The ELDT regulations apply to those...
October 4, 2021
First Tesla START cohort on TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus hits the ground running
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – On the first day of class, instructors usually spend the majority of the time going over expectations for the course. While Tony Marquez, an instructor for the Tesla START program at Texas State Technical College, certainly outlined what would be covered over the next 12 weeks, the students also immersed themselves in...
October 1, 2021
CDL training at TSTC shapes safe, successful drivers
Certificate of completion from CDL training opens many avenues for drivers (ROSENBERG, Texas) – The semitrailer pulls forward and reverses under the midmorning sun before pulling forward again. And reversing. Again. Paul Hildebrandt, a Texas State Technical College workforce trainer for the Fort Bend County campus, watches, shielded with a bucket hat and shades.  “Do...
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