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December 7, 2021
TSTC student gets experience with aircraft company internship
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Pilots get planes off the ground, but skilled technicians ensure that planes are safe to fly. Texas State Technical College student Juliana Perez, of Brownsville, is training to be one of those technicians. She is proud of her decision to enroll in the Aircraft Powerplant Technology program at TSTC. She also is...
December 6, 2021
TSTC student wants to help others with Welding Technology certification
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Austin Barnhart has set a goal for his life. The Brownwood native is studying Welding Technology at Texas State Technical College with a purpose. He wants to help others, as well as his younger brother. Barnhart suffered from Chiari I malformation, a brain disorder, after discovering that he could not feel the...
December 5, 2021
TSTC candidate for graduation eager to learn in technology field
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Steve Lopez, of Brownwood, is a fall candidate for graduation for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration at Texas State Technical College. He balances online classes with being a technician for an internet service provider in Brownwood. What factored into your decision to go to TSTC?...
November 21, 2021
TSTC student from Killeen ready to move into life after graduation
(WACO, Texas) – Jonathon Houston, of Killeen, takes pride in his attention to detail, which comes in handy in his field of study. Houston is a fall candidate for graduation for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Precision Machining Technology at Texas State Technical College in Waco. “I like being hands-on and mechanically inclined;...
November 16, 2021
TSTC student goes from working on cars to career in industrial systems
(ABILENE, Texas) – Andrew Vann found his career opportunity at Texas State Technical College. The first-year Industrial Systems student said it was only natural for him to work on equipment because he has done it his entire life. He spends his spare time working on his 1968 Chevrolet C10, which led him to choose a...
November 12, 2021
George West resident pursues two associate degrees at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – Ethan White, of George West, is working on associate degrees in Instrumentation Technology and Electrical Power and Controls at Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus and is scheduled to graduate in summer 2022. He is also an online tutor at TSTC, working with students in Instrumentation Technology classes.  White, a graduate of...
November 10, 2021
Del Valle student ready to advance in culinary work
(HUTTO, Texas) – Ramiro Aguilera, of Del Valle, eventually wants to take his cooking outside for everyone to enjoy. Aguilera is a certificate of completion candidate for December graduation in the Culinary Arts program at Texas State Technical College in East Williamson County. He has enjoyed learning how to cook different recipes while at TSTC....
November 10, 2021
TSTC Welding Technology student works hard to improve skills
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Tyler Mogen tinkered with welding while attending Comanche High School, not thinking of it as a future career. But after graduating, he realized that welding could be a good professional opportunity and enrolled in Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program.  Mogen is now pursuing a certificate of completion at TSTC. “I...
November 10, 2021
Reyes first in TSTC’s Cybersecurity program to achieve ACE certification
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Claudia Reyes, of Harlingen, is a 2019 graduate of Texas State Technical College’s Computer Networking and Security Technology (now Computer Networking and Systems Administration) program. An admiration of working with computers, analyzing crime documentaries and advocating against cyberbullying led her to return to TSTC to pursue an advanced technical certificate in Digital...
November 10, 2021
Friend’s success leads Klein to TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – A friend’s career success was all Reid Klein needed to hear about prior to enrolling at Texas State Technical College. Klein hopes to be another success story when he completes the Electromechanical Technology program this year. “A friend told me about the Wind Energy Technology program and how he was able to...
November 9, 2021
TSTC student turns to welding after favorite teacher leaves high school
(ABILENE, Texas) – After one of Zach Aiken’s favorite teachers left his high school, Aiken found a new passion in life: welding. While attending Liberty Hill High School, Aiken started a journey to join law enforcement. But when the teacher leading that program left prior to Aiken’s sophomore year, he decided to find a different...
November 8, 2021
Carrizales realizes he made right career choice atop TSTC wind turbine
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Dylan Carrizales knew his decision to attend Texas State Technical College was right in one brief moment. Now studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Wind Energy Technology at TSTC, Carrizales recalled the time when he knew that he had made the right career choice during his first climb up...
November 3, 2021
TSTC Building Construction graduate succeeds in big city
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Tre Gallegos’ passion for construction landed him in a successful career as a project manager with a San Antonio-based roofing company. He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology two years ago from Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus. Gallegos credits his career direction from the support of...
November 3, 2021
TSTC Automotive Technology student strives to learn about vehicles
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Robert Olivares wanted to know more about automobiles. Before he enrolled as a Texas State Technical College Automotive Technology student, he already knew how to fix a tire and change the oil. But it was knowing about the inner workings of vehicles that Olivares craved. “In high school, I took a class...
November 2, 2021
TSTC Aircraft Airframe/Powerplant student fascinated with technology
(ABILENE, Texas) – Jayden Hummel has always been fascinated with technology. The son of a former Air Force mechanic, Hummel is hoping to honor the memory of his late father by earning Associate of Applied Science degrees in Aircraft Airframe Technology and Aircraft Powerplant Technology at Texas State Technical College. “I know that he is...
November 1, 2021
Arlington resident flies, drives to classes at TSTC in Waco
(WACO, Texas) – Penn Nyagaka, of Arlington, has two primary ways he can commute to Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus. He can either drive on Interstate 35 or secure a seat on an American Airlines flight from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to Waco Regional Airport, then use ride-sharing to get to classes. Nyagaka is...
November 1, 2021
TSTC student takes advantage of second chance to study nursing
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Abbey Demere was not discouraged when her first attempt to study nursing did not go as expected. Demere enrolled in a registered nursing program but quickly realized that she was not ready for the rigorous schedule. After taking some time to think about her options, she learned about the Texas State Technical...
October 26, 2021
TSTC student chooses Diesel Equipment Technology for the excitement
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Titan Suarez was looking for an exciting career. Narrowing his choices to welding and diesel mechanics, he recalled the good times he had helping friends work on their diesel engines.  “A few of my friends in Lubbock have diesels, and I always liked to work on them,” he said. “I was either...
October 26, 2021
TSTC Nursing student excited about program completion after overcoming hardships
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Wearing her heart on her sleeve and helping others is what Esmeralda Sosa, of Harlingen, has planned for her medical career. She is pursuing a certificate of completion in Vocational Nursing at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus. Her medical journey began in 2017 after she became a certified nursing assistant. “I...
October 25, 2021
Crowley student balances work, classes to study Automotive Technology at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – Brayan Plascencia, of Crowley, is an Automotive Technology student at Texas State Technical College. He is scheduled to graduate in December with a certificate of completion in Automotive Technician and continue on toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology at the Waco campus. He commutes to and from classes...
October 25, 2021
TSTC Culinary Arts graduate instills fundamentals in teaching career
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Diego Ramirez, of Harlingen, is a graduate of Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Arts program. When a job opportunity to teach Culinary Arts arose at La Feria High School, he applied for it. He is now in his fifth year of teaching. He recalled thinking in his first year there, “It’s time...
October 24, 2021
TSTC perfect fit for Electromechanical Technology student
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Jeremy Denton found his educational niche at Texas State Technical College. Denton, of Colorado City, is in his final semester of the Electromechanical Technology program. He hopes that the Associate of Applied Science degree leads to a lifelong career. “At first I wanted to be an animator, but school did not go...
October 19, 2021
Former nurse studies aircraft technology at TSTC
(ABILENE, Texas) – Racheal Dupre has exchanged her stethoscope for a wrench. The former nurse is pursuing Associate of Applied Science degrees in Aircraft Airframe Technology and Aircraft Powerplant Technology at Texas State Technical College. In her first year in the program, Dupre has been pleased with what she has been able to accomplish. “I...
October 15, 2021
Burnside eager to learn welding skills from TSTC instructors
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Joel Burnside set a goal when he enrolled in Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology program. Studying for a certificate of completion, Burnside wants to spend his time at TSTC learning all he can from the instructors in order to get into the field of welding. “I know that I am only...
October 13, 2021
Duran likes environment of TSTC’s Wind Energy Technology program
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – The lab environment of the Wind Energy Technology program was one reason that Francisco Duran enrolled at Texas State Technical College. “It does not feel like a regular college. We are more like a family,” he said. “My classmates and the instructors are great. The instructors make us feel important and want...
October 12, 2021
Becoming licensed vocational nurse was natural step for TSTC student
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – It was only natural for Kelly Nelson to take the next step in her medical career. Nelson has been a certified nursing assistant for 16 years and a certified medical assistant for 10 years. With that experience on her resume, She decided to take the next step and is studying to become...
October 11, 2021
Crow hones welding skills at TSTC
(ABILENE, Texas) – Bailey Crow is no stranger to working hard. The Texas State Technical College Welding Technology student mowed yards as a child in order to buy his first welder. He is now studying for a certificate of completion to hone his skills in the field he loves. “When I was a kid, I...
October 6, 2021
TSTC’s Industrial Systems program leads to diverse opportunities
(ABILENE, Texas) – Colten Butts wanted to pursue an electrical career. When he learned about the Industrial Systems program at Texas State Technical College, he knew that would be his best route to begin his career. “This program will give me so many different opportunities,” he said. “I was amazed when I walked into the...
October 5, 2021
TSTC student learns little things are important in welding
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Hernan Hernandez has been welding most of his life, but he has learned that the little things matter. Hernandez is working toward a certificate of completion in Welding Technology at Texas State Technical College with the hopes of finding employment in the Brownwood area. Before he completes the program, Hernandez wants to...
October 4, 2021
Veteran’s goal is to own automotive shop after graduating from TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – After 12 years of serving in the U.S. Army, Hollis Manis has plans to open his own automotive shop in his hometown. Manis, of San Angelo, said studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology at Texas State Technical College is the first step of his goal. “I have...
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