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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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June 16, 2024
Representatives from Clean Energy Services visit TSTC for employer spotlight
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Representatives from Clean Energy Services visited with some students and graduates of Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology program during a recent employer spotlight at TSTC’s Harlingen location. Clean Energy Services is a Texas-based independent service provider for the wind energy, solar energy, and battery energy storage industries. Alicia...
June 16, 2024
Hacked off about getting hacked, TSTC student pursues Cybersecurity degree
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – When he was a teenager, Texas State Technical College student Seth Cancino’s love for video games sparked his interest in video game design — until he became the victim of a dastardly deed. “I used to have a Microsoft email account that was set up so I could play video games on...
June 14, 2024
Father and son bond over welding experiences at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – Bill Martin and his son, Zander, see a lot of each other. The Martins live in Killeen and commute together to the Welding Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus. They are both pursuing certificates of completion and are scheduled to graduate in August. “It makes it a lot easier,”...
June 11, 2024
June 14 has special meaning for three TSTC Paramedic students
(ABILENE, Texas) – For many people, June 14 is observed as Flag Day. For three Texas State Technical College Paramedic students, the date has added meaning. U.S. Army veterans David Aman, Sarah Franklin and Shawn James take a few minutes every year to celebrate June 14 as the birthday of their military branch. On June...
June 9, 2024
TSTC students increase auto collision repair skills with suspension overhaul
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Some students in the Auto Collision and Management Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location are sharpening their skills by learning how to do a suspension overhaul on a 1993 Chevrolet Silverado. TSTC instructor Jesus Reyna assigned the hands-on project at the start of the summer semester as part of...
June 6, 2024
Wind turbines on family ranch lead Flores to TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Jose Flores remembers running cattle around the wind turbines that lined his family’s ranch near Merkel. At the time, the Texas State Technical College Wind Energy Technology student did not expect that a career working on wind turbines would be in his future. “It was fun to run our cattle around the...
May 26, 2024
TSTC online program trains students to help others break cycle of chemical dependency
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Students in Texas State Technical College’s online Chemical Dependency Counseling program receive support, guidance and training from licensed chemical dependency counselors on how to help people break the cycle of substance use disorder. National Mental Health Awareness Month, observed each May, is a time to remember that such addiction can be associated...
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 17, 2024
TSTC diesel equipment student receives nationwide scholarship
(WACO, Texas) – The work that Joseph Briseno is doing in the Diesel Equipment Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus is getting him national recognition. Briseno, of Lingleville, recently was one of three college students nationwide to receive a $5,000 scholarship from the Independent Equipment Dealers Association. The other recipients are from...
May 17, 2024
Meticulous learning is setting TSTC student on path to quality career
(WACO, Texas) – A year ago, Luis Arizpe was preparing to graduate from Corsicana High School. “It goes by pretty quick,” he said. “I could have graduated this year (from high school), but now I am graduating college by the time my friends graduate from high school. That is awesome.” Arizpe, of Emhouse in Navarro...
May 16, 2024
TSTC Industrial Systems student awarded Professional Women in Building scholarship
(ABILENE, Texas) – Betty Lou Catalan listened to her boyfriend’s advice. Paul Balinger, who is Catalan’s boyfriend as well as one of her Texas State Technical College Industrial Systems classmates, encouraged her to apply for a Professional Women in Building Abilene Chapter scholarship.  “It was a nice surprise,” Catalan said of receiving the $1,500 scholarship...
May 16, 2024
Godfrey embraces student activities at TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – If there is a pool tournament or a friendly game of pickleball happening at Texas State Technical College’s Student Center, then Ethan Godfrey will probably be there. The Electromechanical Technology student from Frankston said he was surprised to learn that TSTC has activities for students to enjoy at the Sweetwater location during...
May 12, 2024
TSTC Building Construction Technology graduate takes skills to Texas-based construction company
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recent Texas State Technical College graduate Jess Johnson was offered a job with Joeris General Contractors after company representatives noticed her professionalism at the TSTC Industry Job Fair last month. Johnson received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology with honors at TSTC’s spring commencement. “I was hired as...
May 12, 2024
TSTC Nursing student follows in mother’s career pathway
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – A pledge to patient care is a bond that Illiana Rodriguez shares with her mother, Celina Romo, as Rodriguez pursues a medical education at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location just as her mother did. Their dedication to health care is one of the reasons why they and others like them are...
May 12, 2024
TSTC Surgical Technology student gets hands-on experience both at school and on the job
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Edward Rivas always had his heart set on working in the medical field, and he is making that dream a reality. After going to work for Valley Baptist Medical Center as a surgical attendant in 2020, Rivas was encouraged by some of the staff there to join the Associate of Applied Science...
May 10, 2024
TSTC’s Health Information Technology: Health care behind the scenes
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Health Information Technology program can be seen as the cybersecurity of health care. “We’re behind the scenes in health care,” Sarah Brooks, TSTC’s interim director of alignment for Health Information Technology, said. “We take care of patients by ensuring that patient information is accessible when needed and keeping...
May 9, 2024
TSTC mothers support and cheer on their children
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – “Texas State Technical College is a family.” This phrase often is repeated by its staff, instructors and students. And in some cases, the statement is literal. Many fathers, mothers, sons and daughters attend, teach and work at TSTC, creating a legacy of learning in technical fields. One such mother, Stephanie Basurto, is...
May 8, 2024
Mothers and their children find something in common at TSTC
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location has employed many hardworking mothers over the years. Several of them have children who have chosen to continue their legacies. Campus enrollment executive Michelle Atkinson said she always knew that her son Isaiah Lozano was tech savvy. Already familiar with chemical plants thanks to his father’s...
May 6, 2024
Machining student fine-tunes career plans at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – Hayden Hood is training for a new position. “Everything happens for a reason,” the Texas State Technical College student said. “I really think I am this strong of a student now because I had to learn, because there were things that did not go as smoothly as I wanted. I truly believe...
May 5, 2024
Internship at energy company helps TSTC Mechatronics Technology student refine his skills
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Leonel Perez, a Mechatronics Technology student at Texas State Technical College, recently began an internship with Oncor Electric Delivery in Big Spring. Perez, who is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree, said the internship supplements what he is learning at TSTC. “I’ve learned how to monitor the performance of electrical switches...
May 5, 2024
TSTC Dental Hygiene and Emergency Medical Services students fly high at first SkillsUSA state competition
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recently some Texas State Technical College Dental Hygiene and Emergency Medical Services students won medals during their first time competing at a SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary State Leadership and Skills Conference. Diana Rocha, of Los Fresnos, and Miriam Sanchez, of Edinburg, represented TSTC’s Dental Hygiene program at the competition, which was held in...
April 30, 2024
TSTC graduates celebrate new chapter at spring commencement
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – For more than 235 Texas State Technical College graduates, it was a rewarding moment as they walked across the stage at the South Padre Island Convention Center and received certificates of completion or associate degrees at TSTC’s Spring 2024 Commencement on Tuesday, April 30. Eladio Jaimez, provost at TSTC’s Harlingen location, welcomed...
April 28, 2024
TSTC students return with medals from SkillsUSA state competition
  (HARLINGEN, Texas) – Some Texas State Technical College students from the Harlingen location medaled at the recent 2024 SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary State Leadership and Skills Conference in Houston. Winning gold medals were Allison Agundiz, of Donna, in Welding Sculpture; Mohamed Deyab, of Harlingen, in Sheet Metal; Rene Garay Jr., of Brownsville, Matthew Muniz, of...
April 26, 2024
TSTC student becomes technology director for Elysian Fields ISD
(MARSHALL, Texas) – For Marshall resident Deanna Anders, graduating from Elysian Fields High School was only the beginning of her history with the Elysian Fields Independent School District. She returned to the school district to teach, but she knew that she could push her career further. “I am a big fan of the user end...
April 25, 2024
TSTC students bring 18 SkillsUSA Texas medals back to Marshall
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Some students from Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location brought home a total of 18 medals — seven gold, six silver and five bronze — from the recent SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary State Leadership and Skills Conference in Houston.  “I couldn’t be more proud of the team,” Bart Day, provost at the Marshall location,...
April 22, 2024
Performance-based education aids veteran’s transition to HVAC field
(WACO, Texas) – Zachary Womack balances working as an emergency medical technician in Gatesville with taking HVAC Technology classes at Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus. “I was just talking to my wife about my schedule,” the Harker Heights resident said. “With emergency medical services, I work 24 hours on and I am off for...
April 21, 2024
TSTC Electrical Lineworker student thankful for skills acquired for future job
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Former U.S. Marine Oswaldo Arriasola, an Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology student at Texas State Technical College, hopes that soon he will get the attention of potential employers in the Texas workforce. Arriasola is on track to earn his Associate of Applied Science degree from TSTC’s Harlingen location this semester. “It’s a...
April 21, 2024
Future students sign letters of intent to attend TSTC in the fall
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College recently welcomed more than 230 high school seniors at the National CTE (career and technical education) Letter of Intent Signing Day event held in Harlingen on Thursday, April 18. Representatives from area schools were on hand to help celebrate their students’ decisions to pursue technical educations at TSTC....
April 19, 2024
TSTC students back at SkillsUSA and ready to win gold
(HOUSTON, Texas) – The SkillsUSA Texas Postsecondary Leadership and Skills Conference has kicked off, and Texas State Technical College has students competing in a variety of skills. Along with other students representing roughly 30 different technical and community colleges across the state, they have gathered in Houston looking to win big. For a few of...
April 16, 2024
Davila looks to put knowledge learned at TSTC into career as electrical technician
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Watching some technicians in action at his former job was the motivation that Demetrio Davila needed to return to college. The Colorado City native was working the board line at a Sweetwater gypsum plant 12 hours a day when he noticed something: Those technicians had a career with better hours and more...
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