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December 1, 2023
Forging a Path: Female welding students, instructors share thoughts on the male-dominated industry
“It is not for the faint of heart,” Erica Bridges said.  Bridges is a Welding Technology student at Texas State Technical College. She was referring to her field of study and the field of welding in general.  “I encourage it, though,” she added. “This is a really good money-making (career). The people that you will...
November 17, 2023
TSTC’s Cybersecurity program receives recognition from National Security Agency
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Associate of Applied Science degree program in Cybersecurity across the state is now designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) by the National Security Agency, an honor held by few two-year technical colleges. “Designation means membership in a community of educators focused on growing...
November 6, 2023
TSTC’s Marshall campus hosts regional Texas High School Welding Series competition
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College hosted a Texas High School Welding Series (TXHSWS) regional welding competition on Friday, Nov. 3, at the college’s Marshall campus.  The student competitors were scored on a pass/fail system, and those who passed received an American Welding Society certification. Ninety-nine high school students from across Texas participated in...
November 5, 2023
TSTC Automotive Technology instructor shares tire lifespan tips
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Automobile tire safety is crucial for drivers who commute on Texas roadways, and knowledge about an aging tire can help prevent an automobile accident. Miguel Zoleta is the Automotive Technology program director at Texas State Technical College’s campus in Harlingen. Recently he shared how tire efficiency can improve a driver’s safety. “An...
October 31, 2023
TSTC Automotive Technology students say now is the time to prepare vehicles for cold weather
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – With the Old Farmer’s Almanac predicting an “unseasonably cold” winter for Texas, now is the best time to prepare your vehicle. Texas State Technical College’s Automotive Technology students have been learning proactive ways to keep vehicles operating during a cold winter. Ryan Rogers, of Mason, and Alex Soto, of Hawley, said there...
October 31, 2023
TSTC’s Cybersecurity program stays on top of modern technology and virtual scams
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Phishing emails offering fake jobs or attempting to con one out of money have made most people familiar with virtual scams. That is why Texas State Technical College’s Cybersecurity program is teaching the next generation of data protectors. “It’s an extremely broad field,” Amy Hertel, lead Cybersecurity instructor at the Marshall campus,...
October 29, 2023
TSTC Dental Hygiene program prepares for new virtual reality
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Students in the Dental Hygiene program at Texas State Technical College are about to have a new tool to help prepare them for careers in the Texas workforce. The program will introduce a new HTC VIVE Focus 3 virtual reality simulator next spring that will be used by students in the third-semester...
October 26, 2023
TSTC unveils first complete ambulance simulator in North America
(ABILENE, Texas) – What started out as four television monitors on top of a vehicle dashboard is now the first complete ambulance simulator in North America. Texas State Technical College’s Emergency Medical Services program hosted area first responders at the unveiling of the simulator, a multinational project between the college, Echo Healthcare, and SimLeader, a...
October 23, 2023
TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology student stresses tractor safety
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Many West Texas cotton farmers are either harvesting their crops or stripping their fields in preparation for the next planting cycle. No matter what the farmers are working on, Texas State Technical College student Mario Hernandez said safety on tractors and with the attachments should be a top priority.  Hernandez, of Aspermont,...
October 23, 2023
TSTC Culinary Arts, Vocational Nursing programs offer Halloween safety tips
(WACO, Texas) – Halloween is a time for children to dress up as their favorite characters while making their way around the neighborhood collecting candy. It is also a time that parents worry about the dangers of getting treats from people who they do not know very well.  Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Arts and...
October 20, 2023
TSTC instructor discusses a day in the life of an electrical lineworker
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – It can be easy to think of lineworkers’ jobs as being emergency-focused. When a storm rolls in and power lines are down, lineworkers roll in to restore electricity to homes and businesses. But while that is an essential role they play, the work they do every day to keep the lights on...
October 19, 2023
TSTC’s Chemical Dependency Counseling program fights back against rise in substance abuse
(WACO, Texas) – Alishia Davis knew she had to walk the path to sobriety after her struggles with substance abuse nearly cost her everything. One year into her journey, feeling called to help others like herself, she signed up for Texas State Technical College’s Chemical Dependency Counseling program. “When I signed up, I never knew...
October 15, 2023
TSTC prepares students for rewarding medical careers
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Many health care professionals who earned degrees from Texas State Technical College are making a difference in the medical field. TSTC students can choose from an array of health care programs, including Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, and Surgical Technology. Anna San Pedro, associate provost for TSTC’s Harlingen campus, said the...
October 15, 2023
TSTC’s HVAC Technology program emphasizes value of efficient heating and cooling systems
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The HVAC Technology program at Texas State Technical College educates students about not only the basics of electricity and principles of refrigeration, but also how improperly installed or inefficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems can be troublesome. Valentin Lopez is an HVAC Technology student at TSTC’s Harlingen campus. He became interested...
October 15, 2023
TSTC students gain new perspective as ‘crash victims’ in airport emergency drill
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – More than 130 students from Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus participated in an emergency drill that was staged on a closed runway at Valley International Airport on Thursday, Oct. 12. Some of TSTC’s Biomedical Equipment Technology, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Nursing, and Surgical Technology students collaborated with first responders from...
October 8, 2023
TSTC Cybersecurity students train for major virtual competition
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Five Texas State Technical College Cybersecurity students will participate in a national competition during Cybersecurity Awareness Month, which is observed during October. Ricardo de Leon, Cesar Herrera, Brandon Martinez, David Murillo and Anna Reyes will represent TSTC during the National Cyber League (NCL) event. NCL, a virtual training ground that features a...
October 8, 2023
TSTC manufacturing program’s celebrate website ranking during National Manufacturing Week
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – In celebration of National Manufacturing Week, which is observed Oct. 6-13, Texas State Technical College’s Mechatronics Technology, Precision Machining Technology and Welding Technology programs were ranked among the best in the United States, according to the 2024 Best Schools rankings compiled by According to the website, TSTC’s Mechatronics Technology program is...
October 6, 2023
TSTC hosts Texas High School Welding Series competition
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – High school students from the Houston area and across the state of Texas came together at Texas State Technical College on Friday, Oct. 6, to participate in the Texas High School Welding Series competition. Buses and vehicles displaying school names could be seen throughout the parking lot at TSTC’s Fort Bend County...
October 1, 2023
Female students aim for new heights in TSTC’s Electrical Lineworker program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – The high-risk challenges that electrical lineworkers experience when working with electricity on utility poles would inspire Marisol Gonzalez and Jacqueline Mejia to pursue an education in Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus. Gonzalez and Mejia recently recalled the moment in each of their lives when they...
September 28, 2023
TSTC’s Business Management Technology program delivers what every business needs
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is proud to have graduates who have gone on to start their own businesses. However, there is one key person who those graduates need in order to get their businesses off the ground, and that is someone to help them manage them. That is why TSTC offers Business...
September 22, 2023
TSTC’s Automation and Controls program helps students keep up with modern technology
(MARSHALL, Texas) – When making and producing a typical package of cookies like those sold at grocery stores, every step — from baking the cookies to putting them in packages and on pallets — is performed by machines. Humans do not even touch them until they are being eaten. From the food we eat to...
September 17, 2023
Websites rank TSTC’s Dental Hygiene program among best in Texas
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Dental Hygiene program is among the top 15 dental hygiene programs for 2023 in Texas according to, and among the best colleges with dental hygiene degrees for 2024 in Texas as compiled by “It brings pride to our program and demonstrates that we provide top-notch training...
September 17, 2023
TSTC students, instructors share devotion to patient care during National Surgical Technologists Week
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Surgical technicians ensure a sterile and organized environment for a surgical team, and their dedication to patient care is shared by the Surgical Technology program at Texas State Technical College — especially during National Surgical Technologists Week from Sept. 17 to 23. Every September, professionals in the surgical technology industry recognize the...
September 11, 2023
TSTC programs see rise in number of new students
(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Construction, Energy Efficiency Specialist, and Solar Energy Technology programs have seen an increase in students for the fall semester. The programs have a combined 100 first-semester students, with the total enrollment for the three programs exceeding 150 students. “I have been here for four years, and this...
September 10, 2023
TSTC Emergency Medical Services program earns approval from accreditation committee
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Training future medical professionals is a vital component of meeting Texas’ workforce demands, and an integral part of that process for any medical education program is being accredited. Recently the Emergency Medical Services program at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen campus had a successful site visit to show that it complies with...
September 1, 2023
TSTC instructor explores impact of artificial intelligence on cybersecurity industry
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – Before the invention of the chainsaw, woodcutters used saws and axes to chop down trees needed for firewood. The addition of the chainsaw made cutting trees easier and quicker than ever before. Wallace Pennington, an instructor in the Cybersecurity program at Texas State Technical College’s East Williamson County campus, believes that the...
September 1, 2023
TSTC welding program emphasizes safety early to new students
(WACO, Texas) – Many welders work in challenging conditions. From confined spaces to fumes to light radiation, the workers need to heed federal and state safety guidelines. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 48 deaths and 100 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in 2020 among brazers, solderers and welders in the...
August 28, 2023
TSTC instructor says program offers students variety of career opportunities
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – With the need for network and computer systems administrators growing statewide, Texas State Technical College is the place many individuals turn to for training in this field. At the Brownwood campus, TSTC provides students with different options to earn a degree or certificate in Computer Networking and Systems Administration. Students may choose...
August 25, 2023
TSTC receives $149,000 grant for Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program
(RED OAK, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus recently received a $149,000 grant from the North Central Texas Council of Governments to be used to support and sustain the next two cohorts of apprentices for the Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program. The grant will be used to pay tuition for 22 apprentices and...
August 24, 2023
TSTC Diesel Equipment Technology: Developing the world in a hands-on program
(MARSHALL, Texas) – As a child, Damon Barker was fascinated by engines and Texas’ seemingly endless truck population. “I’ve always looked at the semis going down the road and wondered how they worked,” Barker said. “That’s what started it all for me.” Today, Barker is studying for a certificate of completion in Texas State Technical...
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