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February 19, 2024
Metallica scholar sees confidence grow while in TSTC lab
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Cole Purcell’s confidence has grown while working on diesel engines in the Texas State Technical College lab. The Wink native is studying for a certificate of completion in Diesel Equipment Technology with the goal of working in the West Texas oil fields. “I was raised around the oil fields, and I knew...
February 19, 2024
TSTC Drafting and Design student finds niche, balances motherhood and job
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College student Alejandra Sanchez does her best to balance motherhood, a college education and being an assistant manager at a pizza restaurant. Sanchez is studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Engineering Graphics and Design Technology at TSTC, and she finds it interesting how some instances in...
February 18, 2024
Rivera ready for welding career after being inspired by high school teacher
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College student Justino Rivera remembers being introduced to welding by a high school friend who had a welding machine at his home. “I found the welding techniques he showed me interesting,” Rivera said. “(He) mentioned that McAllen High School had a welding program. I met Mr. (Alejandro) Soto, who...
February 18, 2024
TSTC student finds perfect fit in Precision Machining Technology
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Selena Gomez knew that she wanted a better life after experiencing several unfulfilling jobs. “I was an insurance adjuster at my last job,” the Mercedes resident said. “I wanted a career that would be hands-on.” Her brother recommended looking into Precision Machining Technology at Texas State Technical College. “I scheduled a tour...
February 15, 2024
Determination keeps female TSTC Industrial Systems student focused on career goal
(RED OAK, Texas) – As a second-semester Texas State Technical College student, mother of two, and shift lead for a Target distribution center, Brianna Heckard has worked to find balance while pursuing her goal of working in a male-dominated career field. Heckard’s interest in pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Industrial Systems at...
February 11, 2024
TSTC Digital Media Design student’s creativity fueled by father’s love for art
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College student Anissa Rodriguez grew up in a household where she and her two sisters were encouraged by their father, who was an artist, to embrace art and flourish in their creative abilities. “My father pursued an education at an art school years ago, but he didn’t finish because...
February 11, 2024
Cousins find career path in TSTC’s Electrical Lineworker program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The idea of a high-risk career as an electrical lineworker may not be appealing for some, but it is for cousins Arturo Solis and Eric Zamora. Zamora, of Primera, first became interested in Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology program when some of its recruiters visited Harlingen High School...
February 9, 2024
TSTC attracts students of all ages seeking brighter futures
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College offers its programs to adults of any age and background to help them find higher-paying jobs.  Industrial Systems student Troy Campbell, of Longview, gained several years of experience in the maintenance, oil, machining and welding fields before coming to the Marshall campus to receive a formal education. “I...
February 4, 2024
Hood begins path to computer networking career at TSTC
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – When Antonio Hood walked into Texas State Technical College’s Brownwood campus in early January 2024, he knew exactly which program to enroll in. “Working on computers is one of the best jobs today because the technology is always advancing,” said Hood, who is studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in...
February 4, 2024
TSTC nursing students’ devotion to patient care highlighted during National Patient Recognition Week
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Students in the Vocational Nursing and LVN to RN Transition programs at Texas State Technical College are committed to treating patients as if they were members of their own families. That dedication is spotlighted each year from Feb. 1 to 7 during National Patient Recognition Week. Eleazar Leos, who is studying for...
February 1, 2024
Flight simulation game jets Stamper toward TSTC’s aviation maintenance program
(ABILENE, Texas) – Michael Stamper’s enjoyment of a flight simulation video game led to a career decision. “After playing the simulator on my computer, I immediately knew that is what I wanted to do,” he said of working in the aviation industry. “There is something magical about it. It is enticing to have that bird’s-eye...
January 31, 2024
Flemens shows dedication in TSTC’s Plumbing and Pipefitting Technology program
(WACO, Texas) – Leaving Sulphur Springs at 4 a.m. twice a week to attend classes at Texas State Technical College is no problem for Micah Flemens. “Knowing that I am getting an education makes the long drive worth it,” he said of studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Plumbing and Pipefitting Technology...
January 31, 2024
TSTC student embarks on new career path
(WACO, Texas) – Life is an adventure for Daniel Liu. Liu, of Hewitt, has spent time walking across New Zealand and long-term backpacking in Europe. Now he is living out a new adventure as an Instrumentation Technology student at Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus. Liu is in his fifth semester of the program. He...
January 28, 2024
Dickens puts adversity aside in TSTC Welding Technology lab
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Overcoming adversity is nothing new to Hunter Dickens. The Springtown native, who is studying for a certificate of completion in Welding Technology at Texas State Technical College, was born to a single mother, was injured while playing high school football, and experienced the loss of his family’s home. He fought off those...
January 28, 2024
Media franchise, restoration hobby inspire career interest for TSTC student
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College student Dominick Zavala first became fascinated with automobiles when the “Fast & Furious” media franchise became popular. “I enjoyed watching the movies because the characters drove high-performing sports cars,” he said. “The movies inspired me to buy my first vehicle, which was a 2002 Dodge Dakota pickup truck....
January 14, 2024
TSTC students, instructors aim high to accomplish spring semester goals
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The sun was gleaming and a cold January breeze made its presence felt across South Texas, including at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus where more than 2,220 students began the spring 2024 semester on Monday, Jan. 8. The new year brings a focused mindset not only to TSTC students who have...
December 26, 2023
Benivamondez embraces mother’s advice while attending TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Summer Benivamondez always remembered the advice that her mother gave her when she began Texas State Technical College’s Vocational Nursing program. “I remember my mom telling me that there would be dark times during school, but at the end of it all, it would be worth it,” Benivamondez said. “I knew I...
December 19, 2023
Army veteran enjoys learning environment in TSTC’s Welding Technology program
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Mat Kirkwood likes the learning environment at Texas State Technical College’s Brownwood campus. “It is big-time learning with a small-town feel,” the Welding Technology student said of his first semester in college. After serving 14 years in the U.S. Army, Kirkwood knew that his military benefits would be used to study in...
December 17, 2023
TSTC graduate, student get jobs with regional airline company
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The aviation maintenance program at Texas State Technical College is solidifying its reputation by producing the next generation of aircraft technicians, and now one of its graduates and one of its students are recipients of new job opportunities. Julia Farris and Matt Stokes have accepted jobs as aircraft airframe and powerplant mechanics...
December 13, 2023
TSTC graduate honored for hard work and helping others
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Barton Day, provost at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus, awarded Precision Machining Technology graduate Juan Cerda with the Provost’s Outstanding Achievement Award at the recent Fall 2023 Commencement. Cerda had also received his Associate of Applied Science degree that evening. “Winning the provost’s award was a big surprise,” Cerda said. “I...
December 10, 2023
TSTC graduates celebrate culmination of college journey at fall commencement
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Cheers rang out at the South Padre Island Convention Center for more than 240 graduates as they walked across the stage and received certificates of completion or associate degrees at Texas State Technical College’s Fall 2023 Commencement held Tuesday, Dec. 5. David Campos, interim provost at TSTC’s Harlingen campus, welcomed the graduates...
December 7, 2023
Employer spotlight leads TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology student to career
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Although Texas State Technical College student Cooper Dorries is on track to receive his diploma later this month, he has already begun his career as a diesel mechanic. Dorries, a candidate for graduation in Diesel Equipment Technology, knows what he will do the morning after receiving his Associate of Applied Science degree....
December 3, 2023
TSTC’s Discovery Day highlights technical career pathways for high school students
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – More than 900 high school students and visitors, including some from as far away as San Antonio, toured Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus during Discovery Day on Thursday, Nov. 30, to learn more about the career pathways and state-of-the-art technologies that are available at the college. Stephanie Garcia, TSTC’s student recruitment...
December 3, 2023
TSTC Auto Collision student enhances knowledge while preparing for SkillsUSA competition
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College student Daniel Pacheco strives for perfection with his hands-on assignments in TSTC’s Auto Collision and Management Technology program. He applies the same level of commitment while he prepares to compete in the SkillsUSA Texas District 13 Leadership and Skills Conference that will be held February 15-17 at TSTC’s...
December 3, 2023
TSTC students kick off new tradition with Techsan Tassel Trot
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College students recently demonstrated their school spirit by participating in the inaugural Techsan Tassel Trot, a 5K relay run/walk hosted by TSTC’s Residence Life and Engagement at the Harlingen campus. The event was open to all students, staff and faculty and aimed at starting a fun tradition to honor...
December 2, 2023
Receiving Metallica scholarship boosts confidence of TSTC Automotive Technology student
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Richie Solis says the hands-on learning experience he receives at Texas State Technical College will lead him to a rewarding career. “What I am doing in class right now is something I will be able to put into practice in the real world,” said Solis, a TSTC Metallica Scholar who is studying...
December 1, 2023
TSTC hosts Marshall campus’ Fall 2023 Commencement
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Seventy-two Texas State Technical College graduates crossed the Marshall Memorial City Hall stage on Friday, Dec. 1, at the Marshall campus’ Fall 2023 Commencement.  Families and friends gathered to watch their proud graduates receive their certificates of completion or Associate of Applied Science degrees. “It’s always exciting to see our graduating students...
December 1, 2023
Campus tour leads Howard to TSTC’s Wind Energy Technology program as Metallica Scholar
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – After touring Texas State Technical College’s Sweetwater campus, Shayne Howard found a program especially well suited for him. “I toured each of the programs in Sweetwater, and after visiting with the instructors and seeing what was available, I knew this was the program for me,” Howard said of his decision to pursue...
November 26, 2023
TSTC Welding Technology student inspired to accomplish dream job
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – There is a new generation of motivated women who are gaining the hands-on technical skills to fill vacated welding jobs, and that is what led Haylee Whitt to Texas State Technical College. Whitt, a native of California who now lives in Los Fresnos, has a career goal after she graduates from TSTC’s...
November 26, 2023
TSTC’s Advocacy and Resource Center holiday meals make students smile
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The Advocacy and Resource Center at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus recently held its third annual holiday meal drive so students can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones. “Our goal is to provide support for our students because they deserve the opportunity to celebrate the holidays,” said Lisa Garza,...
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