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April 17, 2024
TSTC graduate becomes youngest field service technician at Sunstate Equipment in Balch Springs
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The first time that Terrance “TJ” Holland, of Wills Point, attended a job fair at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location, he came across Sunstate Equipment. He now works for the construction rental company’s Balch Springs branch as its youngest field service technician.  Holland, a graduate of TSTC’s Diesel Equipment Technology program,...
April 11, 2024
TSTC graduate returns to college to improve his family business
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Marshall native Henry Wells joined the Drafting and Design program at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location after opening his family’s dream business, Wells Enterprises Unlimited LLC. “We wanted to build affordable houses,” he said. “That’s where TSTC came into play.” Wells had already graduated from TSTC before, earning an Associate of...
March 24, 2024
TSTI graduate leads by example in training technicians at semiconductor manufacturer
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – 1988 was a good year for Arturo Martinez. That was when he earned his associate degree in Electronics Technology at Texas State Technical Institute, now Texas State Technical College. Since then, Martinez has gone on to enjoy a 25-year career at Qorvo, a semiconductor manufacturer, at the company’s location in Richardson, Texas....
March 3, 2024
Phlebotomist makes career U-turn, gets TSTC Automotive Technology degree
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Sometimes it takes a while for someone to realize that a job is just not for them. For six years Samuel Gonzales worked as a medical phlebotomist but was not especially happy. Then one day he had an “aha!” moment and decided to pursue an automotive education at Texas State Technical College....
February 22, 2024
TSTC graduate determined never to work a desk job
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Marshall native Amanda McMinn knew early on that she never wanted to work a desk job.  Thanks to Texas State Technical College, she holds a Process Technology (now Process Operations) Associate of Applied Science degree and works as a process safety management and risk management technician for Texas Instruments in Dallas. “TSTC...
February 11, 2024
TSTC alumna brightens smiles at area medical clinic
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – A compliment can have an uplifting effect on a person’s life. For Texas State Technical College graduate Joanna Cerda, compliments that she received about her smile would lead her to a rewarding 14-year career as a dental hygienist. Cerda earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Dental Hygiene from TSTC’s Harlingen...
February 5, 2024
TSTC alumnus living his dream of flying commercial airplanes
(WACO, Texas) – Richard Rensing has taken off. Rensing was exposed to flying aircraft at an early age and took classes at the McKinney Independent School District’s McKinney Aviation Academy. He graduated in 2019 from Texas State Technical College’s Aircraft Pilot Training Technology program at the Waco campus. Now Rensing is a captain at Piedmont...
January 26, 2024
TSTC alums sign with Oncor during assembly at Throckmorton Collegiate ISD
(THROCKMORTON, Texas) – The power of a college education was highlighted during a recent assembly at Throckmorton Collegiate Independent School District. Tim Luna and Josh Woods, both graduates of Throckmorton Collegiate High School, each earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Wind Energy Technology at Texas State Technical College’s Sweetwater campus in December.  At...
January 26, 2024
TSTC graduate turns numbers and symbols into art
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Longview resident Dave McMillan could not help but recall his unrealized passion for computer coding while helping his son apply to study at Texas State Technical College. Encouraged by his family, the elder McMillan set out to make his own dreams come true by signing up for TSTC’s Web Design and Development...
January 21, 2024
TSTC graduate finds career calling at area dealership
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College alumnus Jesus Resendez could not be more thankful for his automotive career that began last November at Toyota of Pharr. “I’m a level 2 express technician, which is doing an oil change, a tire rotation and other duties on high-mileage automobiles,” he said. “I was hired for a...
January 21, 2024
TSTC graduate and former instructor prospers at regional airline
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – As a child, Leonardo Robb was fascinated with the sound of airplanes. Now the Dallas resident is a maintenance training instructor at Envoy Air, a subsidiary of American Airlines Group. Robb earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aircraft Powerplant Technology from Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus in 2008 and...
January 14, 2024
TSTC Nursing graduate committed to patient care because of son’s health issues
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – As a new parent, Jennifer Ortiz became concerned with her toddler’s health conditions — and that would inspire a new career direction for her. “My son had a bacterial infection in his blood, bronchiolitis, and respiratory syncytial virus when he was 1 year old,” she said. “After I saw how well a...
January 7, 2024
TSTC graduate enhances electrical knowledge with apprenticeship at German company
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recent Texas State Technical College graduate Manuel Banuelos could not be happier with his decision to get experience as a technician apprentice with German printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer at the company’s facility in Dallas. Banuelos graduated from TSTC with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Mechatronics Technology last fall,...
December 31, 2023
TSTC graduate is now paramedic with area ambulance service provider
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Emergency medical technicians and paramedics are among the first responders at the scene of medical emergencies, and now Texas State Technical College Emergency Medical Services graduate Mackayla Ledezma is joining their ranks as a full-time paramedic with the South Texas Emergency Care (STEC) Foundation in Harlingen. Ledezma, who recently graduated with a...
December 31, 2023
TSTC HVAC graduate follows in father’s footsteps
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Josue Jimenez remembers when he first became interested in the HVAC industry. “My dad would bring home air conditioning units so he could repair them,” Jimenez said. “It was intriguing to watch him work.” That inspired Jimenez to follow in his father’s footsteps and earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in...
December 24, 2023
TSTC Surgical Technology graduate earns second degree, is offered job with area hospital
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recent Texas State Technical College graduate Celestial Martinez decided to study Surgical Technology after her own positive experience as a patient at DHR Health in McAllen, where she has been offered a full-time job as a surgical technician pending completion of her internship there and passing the required certifying examination. “I used...
December 24, 2023
Personal bout with coronavirus is career catalyst for TSTC Vocational Nursing graduate
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Caitlyn Gonzales saw firsthand how important nurses are during the pandemic. “I was diagnosed with COVID-19 five different times during the pandemic,” she said. “It was a difficult time, but I turned those situations into a positive. I thank the team of nurses who took care of me. They motivated me to...
December 20, 2023
TSTC graduate acquiring experience in construction field
(WACO, Texas) – Ulises Camacho, of Duncanville, is a graduate of Texas State Technical College’s Waco campus, where he earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology. Camacho joined Rogers-O’Brien Construction in Dallas five years ago and worked as a laborer. He is now a field foreman, with his current project being...
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 17, 2023
TSTC Automotive Technology grad gets job at area public transportation company
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Life could not be better for Texas State Technical College Automotive Technology graduate Thomas Rivera, who recently accepted a full-time job as an automotive technician with Valley Metro at the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council’s Transit Center in Weslaco. Rivera, who recently received his Associate of Applied Science degree from TSTC,...
December 14, 2023
Father and daughter team up for TSTC educations
(MARSHALL, Texas) – A bridge is easier to cross with a friend or loved one by your side, just as father and daughter Matt and Brooke Linthicum learned when they attended Texas State Technical College together.  The two earned their Associate of Applied Science degrees from TSTC’s Automation and Controls Technology program at the Marshall...
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 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...
November 19, 2023
TSTC Surgical Technology alumna shares career success skills
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Surgical Technology alumna Rebecca Vargas recalls when she accepted a full-time job from Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen earlier this year. Since beginning her career in August, Vargas has proved herself as a surgical technologist by utilizing the hands-on technical skills she gained while studying at TSTC....
October 30, 2023
TSTC graduate brings real-world experience to Instrumentation Technology program
(WACO, Texas) – Kyler Valenta is back in a familiar place. Valenta, of Waco, graduated in 2019 from Texas State Technical College’s Instrumentation Technology program and quickly went to work at Formosa Plastics Corp., Texas in Point Comfort as an instrumentation technician specializing in analyzer systems. Earlier this year, Valenta made a career change and...
October 27, 2023
TSTC proves life-changing for two alums
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The instructors and staff at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus are there because they believe in the school’s mission. In more personal cases, some of them want to offer students the same high-quality education that they were given at the college. Terri Dreesen, a TSTC enrollment coach and winner of a...
September 24, 2023
TSTC graduate makes impact in family business with associate degree
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College alumna Isha Rodriguez recently graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management Technology and is already putting her skills to work. “I am part owner and oversee the business office of our family business, Terra Works LLC, in Harlingen,” she said. “My husband handles the...
September 17, 2023
TSTC grad trains teachers with creative educational technology at area school district
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College alumnus Mark Anthony Pinon is proud of the trajectory that his life has taken, from working in the construction industry to currently working with instructional technology at the Lyford Consolidated Independent School District. “I collaborate with each campus’s administration about the planning of instructional technology that I design,”...
September 14, 2023
TSTC provost recognizes outstanding graduate with special award
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Whenever a commencement ceremony is held, the provost of each Texas State Technical College campus is given the chance to present the Provost’s Outstanding Achievement Award to a deserving graduate.  During his time as provost of the Marshall campus, Barton Day had given the award only once. But as the recent summer...
September 12, 2023
TSTC Diesel Equipment alumnus changes gears, returns to pursue Computer Networking degree
(RED OAK, Texas) – Jorge Lopez, an alumnus of Texas State Technical College’s Diesel Equipment Technology program, returned to TSTC this fall to work on his Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Networking and Systems Administration. After graduating from TSTC’s North Texas campus with his first associate degree, Lopez found a job with a...
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