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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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Number: 254-867-2037
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Number: 254-867-3035
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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...
May 23, 2024
Military veteran and TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology graduate refuses to ‘just get by’
(MARSHALL, Texas) – After serving in Iraq left him disabled in 2008, U.S. Army veteran Robert DeWare, of Jefferson, had a hard time adjusting to civilian life. “I had nothing; I was struggling to survive and didn’t know which way to go,” DeWare recently said. “I can remember losing my house, getting my truck repossessed....
March 18, 2024
Military veterans find place of support at TSTC
(WACO, Texas) – Zackery Mitchell, of Mesquite, took automotive collision classes in high school before spending four years in the U.S. Marines driving military vehicles.  After he left the service, Mitchell found his way to Texas State Technical College’s Auto Collision and Management Technology program because of the college’s work with veterans.  Mitchell said adjusting...
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 18, 2023
TSTC students benefit from counselor’s extensive military counseling experience
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Growing up in a military family, Texas State Technical College Counseling and Mental Health Services counselor Angela Bross once dreamed of flying helicopters for the U.S. Coast Guard.  Unable to enlist due to health reasons, Bross discovered another way to serve: military counseling. “I found that I was interested in how the...
November 10, 2023
TSTC hosts Veterans Day ceremony
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College held a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center on the Waco campus. The event began with the posting of the colors by the La Vega High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, and the reading of a White...
November 10, 2023
TSTC honors military veteran students and staff
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College honored military veteran students and staff at TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus with an event hosted on Wednesday, November 8. The event included gifts for attending veterans, as well as grilled burgers and hot dogs for all participating students, staff and visitors. While this was the second year...
November 9, 2023
Marine Corps vet expands diesel equipment skills at TSTC
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Gabby Moya is no stranger to a diesel engine. The Knox City native was a heavy-equipment mechanic for four years in the U.S. Marine Corps, which included a deployment to Oman. Moya decided that being a diesel mechanic would be a good career when she left the Corps, which led her to...
November 9, 2023
TSTC helps US military veterans transition into the workforce
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The website ranks Texas State Technical College as a Top 10 school for military veterans in its 2023-24 Large Community College category. Many members of the college’s staff are United States military veterans themselves, and helping other veterans transfer into the workforce is especially important to them. TSTC’s Marshall campus provost...
November 2, 2023
TSTC Welding Technology student sets goal to open his own business
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – Guy Watts juggles life, work and attending Texas State Technical College with the goal of opening his own welding business. Watts, a U.S. Navy veteran studying Welding Technology, said that after leaving the military he had to decide the next step in his career. After touring TSTC’s Brownwood campus, the path became...
June 30, 2023
TSTC’s TechFest to showcase hands-on opportunities for Abilene community
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College will showcase six of its programs during the inaugural TechFest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, at the Taylor County Expo Center. The free event will provide residents of Abilene and surrounding areas with the opportunity to try some of the equipment that TSTC...
May 12, 2023
TSTC staff member works to help veterans and their families
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – May is Military Appreciation Month, a fact that Sandrine Casimir is well aware of. Casimir works as a veteran recruitment representative for Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus. She aims to help veterans and their families remove any barriers toward gaining education in their chosen technical fields. As a spouse...
March 27, 2023
TSTC continuing to focus on work with veterans, their families to pursue technical education
(WACO, Texas) – Edgar Marvin Dearbonne Jr., of Paige, Texas, served for four years in the U.S. Army as an infantryman and later had a career of more than 30 years as a registered land surveyor.  But he also grew up working with his father on heavy equipment and even owned heavy-duty trucks as an...
January 28, 2023
Veteran shares why he chose TSTC’s Diesel Equipment Technology program
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College offers a chance for military veterans to utilize their benefits to grow their passion. Such is the case for Davis Rios. Rios is a first-semester student at TSTC. He served in the military and is now looking to expand his education through the college’s Diesel Equipment Technology program....
January 6, 2023
Veteran finds his footing after the military at TSTC
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – For Matthew Young, Texas State Technical College provided not only education, but also a place of direction for his career after the military. When he got out of the army in 2011, he struggled in finding a direction to move forward. He ended up getting a job in the oil field and...
November 10, 2022
TSTC helps train military veterans for Texas workforce
(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s faculty and staff pride themselves on helping military veterans transition to the civilian workforce. Annette Collins, TSTC’s Veteran Services program officer in Abilene, strives to make sure that veterans have everything they need to begin their college journey. She knows about the paperwork that veterans face while enrolling...
November 7, 2022
Najera guides fellow veterans in pursuit of college education at TSTC
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The women and men who served in the U.S. armed forces are honored each year on Veterans Day, and their transition back to civilian life can be an adjustment — especially when they head for college. That is where Texas State Technical College Veteran Services steps in. U.S. Air Force veteran Damaris...
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