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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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March 15, 2024
TSTC instructor encourages other women to be both fearless and compassionate
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – There is a lot to learn from those who came before. Texas State Technical College often hires instructors who have experience working in their respective fields for that exact reason. But even they are standing on the shoulders of those who preceded them. For Andrea Skinner-Creeks, lead instructor for the Occupational Safety...
February 8, 2024
TSTC instructors use their experience with natural disasters to teach future lineworkers
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology instructors know that lineworkers will be needed as long as there are natural disasters.  Before coming to teach at the Marshall campus, several of the instructors traveled all over the United States helping to restore power after some powerful storms. In his 30...
February 1, 2024
TSTC instructor shares how he hopes to inspire others
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Deogratias Nizigiyimana understands the value of hard work. The lead instructor for the Precision Machining Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County campus, Nizigiyimana says his love of doing a good job came when his high school teacher quoted Martin Luther King Jr. “Any job is invaluable,” Nizigiyimana said....
January 14, 2024
TSTC Surgical Technology alumnus reflects on his first year of teaching at TSTC
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – For Mark Braswell, it was like coming home when he returned to Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus to teach Surgical Technology after working as a surgical technician at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. Braswell graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology from TSTC in 2009....
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...
November 16, 2023
What does the TSTC staff do outside of work?
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The instructors and staff of Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus dedicate themselves to the school and their students by working to reach the college’s goal of placing more Texans in great-paying jobs. For some of them, the work does not stop at 5 p.m. It simply changes. Veronique Ramirez, a Student...
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 21, 2023
Pittman plans to use career experiences while teaching TSTC students
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Chris Pittman, Texas State Technical College’s newest Diesel Equipment Technology instructor at the Sweetwater campus, noticed that what he was doing while working in the oil field could apply to the field of education. “I worked mainly as a supervisor teaching new mechanics. I decided I should do it full time and...
September 7, 2023
TSTC Drafting and Design alumnus returns to teach
(RED OAK, Texas) – Tyson Skinner, an alumnus of Texas State Technical College’s Drafting and Design program, recently returned to TSTC’s North Texas campus to become an instructor in the same program. Skinner graduated from TSTC three years ago with an Associate of Applied Science degree and has been working in the drafting and design...
August 25, 2023
TSTC graduates return to help future generations
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Though college is a place enriched with possibilities, often students are eager to graduate and ready to begin their professional lives. But sometimes the possibilities that an alma mater offers are too good to leave behind. At Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus, TSTC graduates Charla Foster and Troy Powledge have discovered...
July 12, 2023
TSTC Digital Media Design instructors talk about the online program
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – From billboards to mail advertising, logos to company branding, the world is filled with messages that were designed to catch the eye. Each message is carefully crafted to appeal to a specific audience, to draw them in and get them to engage. “It’s not art for art’s sake,” said Christina Hollis, statewide...
July 10, 2023
TSTC Web Design and Development instructor talks about the program
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – A lot of work goes into creating a great website. From search engine optimization, graphics, caches, cookies and more, developing a website that can meet everything a company needs is daunting. That’s where web developers come in. The Web Design and Development program at Texas State Technical College teaches students the skills...
June 30, 2023
Statewide lead instructor discusses TSTC’s Computer Networking and Systems Administration program
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Behind the increasingly connected and online world, there are people keeping everything running smoothly. Their job is to hunt down connection issues, manage online systems and implement security measures. They go by many names. Information technology specialist. Network administrator. Systems administrator. To Emanuel Palacios, the statewide lead instructor for Texas State Technical...
June 29, 2023
New Electrical Power and Controls instructor brings years of experience to TSTC
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Texas State Technical College prides itself on instructors with years of practical experience and industry knowledge in their fields. One of the college’s newest instructors in its Electrical Power and Controls program, Ismael Diabate, fits that bill exactly. Diabate worked in the electrical industry for more than 10 years. He started his...
June 5, 2023
TSTC instructors share expertise with next generation of automotive service professionals
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – To commemorate National Automotive Service Professional Week, which this year is June 5-11, Texas State Technical College celebrates its Automotive Technology instructors who educate and train a new generation of automotive technicians by sharing their industry knowledge. Miguel Zoleta is the Automotive Technology program director at TSTC’s Harlingen campus and a 2014...
May 29, 2023
TSTC Cybersecurity instructors share how they guide students toward successful careers
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – With cybercrimes running rampant and threatening everything from personal finances to social media accounts, technicians who can foil such dastardly attacks are more important now than ever. Texas State Technical College’s Cybersecurity program trains its students to protect computer systems, businesses and the public from cybercrimes. Recently three TSTC Cybersecurity instructors from...
May 21, 2023
TSTC Electromechanical Technology instructor answers call to teach
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – James Simonetti plans to use his knowledge and skills to mentor Texas State Technical College Electromechanical Technology students. An ordained pastor who felt that he was being called to teach, Simonetti recently was hired to be an instructor in the program. He will draw on his years of experience in a variety...
March 27, 2023
TSTC’s Marshall campus welcomes new Drafting and Design instructor
(MARSHALL, Texas) – A new Drafting and Design instructor recently joined the faculty at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus. Suzy Kirkpatrick has had about 19 years of experience in the industry, working in both pipe and residential design. She said she loves drafting and hopes to share that enthusiasm with her students. “I’m excited...
March 6, 2023
New TSTC instructor elevates potential of future automotive technicians
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Leo Tamez, of Harlingen, recently completed his first semester of teaching in the Automotive Technology program at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus. “It’s great to see the students’ reactions when they understand my approach to fixing an item on a vehicle,” Tamez said. “My objective is to find a method for...
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