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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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May 25, 2022
Carrizales’ passion for firearms manufacturing leads him to TSTC’s Precision Machining Technology
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – There are many life lessons that a father can teach his son. For Jesse Carrizales, some of those lessons included instruction about the use of firearms. “My father educated me about the importance of hunting to provide a meal for the family,” he said. “The other was how to ensure your family’s...
May 25, 2022
TSTC Vocational Nursing student prepares for SkillsUSA national event
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Vocational Nursing student Seaanna Henry was not sure she wanted to compete in the recent SkillsUSA state-level activities. Now Henry, of Abilene, is glad she did because she will be one of 18 TSTC students who will compete in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Atlanta,...
May 24, 2022
TSTC aviation students plan to restore history for future generations
(ABILENE, Texas) – For two Texas State Technical College aviation students, the past is their future. Colby Northcutt and Matthew Voss, both of Abilene, want to follow the example of Nelson Ezell, founder of Ezell Aviation in Breckenridge. Ezell had a passion for preserving and maintaining World War II-era aircraft. In honor of her late...
May 23, 2022
TSTC to host financial aid night at area public library
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College will host a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) event at the Harlingen Public Library Wednesday, May 25, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The event can help current and prospective TSTC students apply for financial aid to help with tuition and other costs related to their education....
May 19, 2022
Brothers’ enhance electrical knowledge in TSTC’s Biomedical Equipment Technology program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Brothers Edgar and Paul Alcala, of San Benito, are enrolled in the Biomedical Equipment Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus. Now in their third semester at TSTC, they continue to persevere in their college journey toward Associate of Applied Science degrees. What drew you to this program of study...
May 18, 2022
TSTC aviation maintenance student volunteers at area aircraft flying museum
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Damian Leal, of Rio Hondo, grew up playing video games, many of which happened to be related to world wars. Little did he realize that his love for those games would lead to an education at Texas State Technical College. “These games introduced me first to military tanks and then aircraft,” he...
May 18, 2022
TSTC graduate knew he would have career in wind energy
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – When Josh Leath’s family moved from Alaska to Texas, Leath knew that a career in wind energy would be in his future. After seeing his father working in the wind industry, Leath enrolled in Texas State Technical College’s Wind Energy Technology program to learn more. He graduated last month with an Associate...
May 17, 2022
Love of heights leads female student to TSTC’s Wind Energy Technology program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Siria Jones recalled a moment during her youth when her parents purchased an airplane ticket for her to depart their native Honduras and reunite with them in New York. She was entranced by the aerial scene from her window seat as the airplane navigated toward the U.S. That childhood memory would lead...
May 17, 2022
TSTC Nursing graduate inspired by her sons
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – When it was time to choose who would join her at the recent nursing pinning ceremony at Texas State Technical College, Kenna Logan knew it would be the most important people in her life. “I could not have done it without my sons,” said Logan, who received an Associate of Applied Science...
May 12, 2022
TSTC student gains extra experience at area collision center
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Many automobile aficionados recall how they first grew an admiration for the automobile industry. For Kevin Cantu, of Pharr, the oil change he performed on his grandfather’s vehicle as a teenager would lead to an education at Texas State Technical College. After that moment, Cantu’s interest in automotive knowledge spread like a...
May 11, 2022
TSTC Nursing student inspires next generation at former high school
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Aaron Cantu, of Harlingen, knew he had to choose a career pathway when he was a student at San Benito High School. His decision to choose health care led him to future success in the health care field. Not only is he a nursing assistant teacher at his former high school, but...
May 10, 2022
TSTC has a successful spring 2022 semester
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College had many triumphs during the busy spring semester on its Harlingen campus. Here is a look back at some of the semester’s highlights: SpaceX tour Some 50 students from TSTC’s Mechatronics Technology, Precision Machining Technology and Welding Technology programs at the Harlingen campus experienced a tour of aerospace...
May 10, 2022
TSTC Welding Technology student works to expand business opportunities
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Samuel Valdez wants to expand his business opportunities. The Welding Technology student is studying for a certificate of completion in Structural Welding at Texas State Technical College in order to add to the list of work that he can perform in his construction business. “I am self-employed and wanted to expand my...
May 9, 2022
TSTC graduate begins career as safety leader
(BRECKENRIDGE, Texas) – Christina Rhodes is ready to take everything she learned at Texas State Technical College into her new job. Rhodes, who graduated in April with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Occupational Safety and Environmental Compliance, is now working for Pactiv Evergreen in Abilene as the company’s lone safety leader. “It was...
May 6, 2022
TSTC Nursing grads honored at pinning ceremony
(ABILENE, Texas) – Meeting the challenge of earning an associate degree during a pandemic was celebrated by six Texas State Technical College Nursing students during a pinning ceremony for them and their families on Thursday, April 28. TSTC Nursing division leader Lisa van Cleave said the graduates will be successful in the health care field...
May 3, 2022
TSTC graduate thrives in career at city of San Benito
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – U.S. Army veteran Omar Cano sought a career that would offer meaningful service to a community. The Harlingen resident graduated with a certificate of completion in HVAC Technician from Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus in 2021. Later Cano accepted a job at the city of San Benito. “I am a water...
May 3, 2022
TSTC Electrical Power and Controls student wants reliable career
(ABILENE, Texas) – Larry Walders knows that he will have some reliable career options when he completes the Electrical Power and Controls program at Texas State Technical College. After serving in the U.S. Air Force and in industrial maintenance, Walders wanted a less physically demanding job. He turned to TSTC and is working toward an...
May 2, 2022
TSTC Automotive Technology student inspired by grandfather
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Automotive Technology student Trey Beavers takes inspiration from one single saying from his grandfather. “He always told me, ‘If someone built it, you can work on it.’ That is how I fell in love with working on anything with an engine,” Beavers said. Beavers is studying for a...
May 2, 2022
TSTC Dental Hygiene graduates honored at pinning ceremony
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – A group of 18 new Dental Hygiene program graduates from Texas State Technical College recently celebrated their commitment to providing the best dental care possible in a pinning ceremony held at TSTC’s Harlingen campus. Each graduate was presented with a pin that signifies their completion of the program and readiness for the...
April 28, 2022
TSTC Cybersecurity student ready for potential job opportunities
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – U.S. Navy veteran and Border Patrol agent Juan Cruz, of Harlingen, recalled a few moments in his life that motivated him to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree in Cybersecurity at Texas State Technical College. Cruz’s mother purchased a computer that he would use for studies to start middle school. Next...
April 27, 2022
Diesel Equipment Technology students credit TSTC for career opportunities
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Brandon DeLeon and Chris Llanas credit Texas State Technical College for preparing them for the workforce. The two Diesel Equipment Technology students are scheduled to receive their certificates of completion in Heavy Truck Specialization on Thursday, April 28, when TSTC hosts a commencement ceremony for graduates of its four West Texas campuses...
April 26, 2022
TSTC SkillsUSA gold medalists prepare for national competition
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Some Texas State Technical College students are flying high because as SkillsUSA gold medalists they will advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference that will be held June 20-24, 2022, in Atlanta, Georgia. Alfredo Aldape, Omar Escalon, Carina Garcia, Caleb Garza, Carlos Lara, Adrian Nacianceno, Alfredo Martinez, Isela Munoz and...
April 26, 2022
TSTC Welding Technology student learns proper techniques while improving skills
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Trenton Cowart has noticed a trend during his time in Texas State Technical College’s Welding Technology lab. Cowart said before he started the certificate of completion program last August, he had bad habits when it came to welding. He has been losing those habits while improving his skills before entering the workforce....
April 25, 2022
TSTC Automotive Technology student lands job while at San Antonio event
(WACO, Texas) – Juan Mijarez of Georgetown, is excited about the transitions going on in his life now. “I like to see what today will bring me and what challenges I will face,” he said. Mijarez is a candidate for spring graduation with an Automotive Technology – Chrysler Specialization certificate at Texas State Technical College...
April 21, 2022
Student first at TSTC to get internship with worldwide renewable energy company
(WACO, Texas) – Salvador Diaz grew up in Llano County and is pursuing what is known at Texas State Technical College in Waco as the “Triple Crown,” an Associate of Applied Science degree in Solar Energy Technology and certificates in Electrical Construction and Energy Efficiency Specialist. He is scheduled to graduate from TSTC in fall...
April 19, 2022
TSTC Emergency Medical Services students benefit from visit by Pharr EMS recruitment team
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Emergency Medical Services students from Texas State Technical College recently learned about some of the career paths available to them during a visit by members of the city of Pharr’s Emergency Medical Services recruitment team, some of whom are also TSTC alumni. The EMS professionals from Pharr discussed new equipment that their...
April 14, 2022
High school seniors commit to attending TSTC during National CTE Signing Day event
(ABILENE, Texas) – Twenty-one high school seniors committed to attending Texas State Technical College in West Texas during a National CTE (career and technical education) Signing Day ceremony that was held Thursday, April 14, at TSTC’s campus in Abilene. TSTC joined colleges across the country to spotlight students who commit to a technical education. With...
April 13, 2022
TSTC student perseveres through challenges
(WACO, Texas) – Amanda Williams, of Belton, is an Instrumentation Technology student at Texas State Technical College who is scheduled to graduate this spring. She grew up in Hawaii and has lived in Texas for the last few years. How did you choose TSTC and your program of study? My fiance, Timothy Daniels Sr., was...
April 13, 2022
From Hungary to Harlingen, TSTC Vocational Nursing student finds fulfillment in helping others
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Although Erzsebet Pigler-Guerra had worked as a registered nurse for 12 years in her native Hungary and in England, she discovered that her nursing qualifications differed from those required in America when she started a new life in Harlingen with her husband, who had been stationed overseas in the U.S. Air Force....
April 11, 2022
TSTC Welding Technology student strives to do her best
(ABILENE, Texas) – Tatum McFarland is striving to become the best welder she can by watching and learning from everyone. McFarland, of Abilene, is studying for a certificate of completion in Welding Technology at Texas State Technical College with the hope of starting a career. Her venture into welding is nothing new for her, but...
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