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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 26, 2024
Trio of TSTC Dental Hygiene grads excited about new jobs
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recent Texas State Technical College Dental Hygiene graduates Robert Barajas, Brianda Pena and Laura Trevino are committed to providing the best dental care possible in their new jobs. Barajas, of Mission, and Pena, of Palmview, were hired as traveling dental hygienists with Team Placement Staffing Services in Austin. Trevino, of San Benito,...
May 26, 2024
TSTC online program trains students to help others break cycle of chemical dependency
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Students in Texas State Technical College’s online Chemical Dependency Counseling program receive support, guidance and training from licensed chemical dependency counselors on how to help people break the cycle of substance use disorder. National Mental Health Awareness Month, observed each May, is a time to remember that such addiction can be associated...
May 24, 2024
TSTC Emergency Medical Services program’s past revealed when time capsule opened
(ABILENE, Texas) – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of National EMS (Emergency Medical Services) Week from May 19 to 25, Texas State Technical College revisited some of its past. With the 2024 EMS Week theme of “Honoring Our Past, Forging Our Future” in mind, current and former TSTC EMS instructors and students gathered Wednesday, May...
May 23, 2024
TSTC instructor weighs in on restoring power following a storm
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – More than 900,000 CenterPoint Energy customers lost power as a result of the storm that rolled through the Houston metro area on May 16, according to the company’s website. As someone with professional experience in the electrical lineworker field, and as an instructor for the Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology program at...
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....
May 22, 2024
TSTC aviation maintenance students challenge classmates
classmates (ABILENE, Texas) – Two second-semester Texas State Technical College aviation maintenance students have thrown down the gauntlet to their classmates. Jeb Drewery, of Hallsville, and Sandy Medina, of Abilene, recently passed the Federal Aviation Administration’s general knowledge test, a prerequisite for taking the Airframe and Powerplant knowledge tests. Passing all three is required to...
May 19, 2024
TSTC graduate joins emergency medical services workforce as paramedic
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – When demand for health care professionals increased during the pandemic, Francisco Loza heard the call and decided to help. He enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services program at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location, where he was awarded a certificate of completion in Emergency Medical Services – EMT in 2023, followed by...
May 19, 2024
TSTC Biomedical Equipment Technology graduate to begin new chapter in Beehive State
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recent Texas State Technical College graduate Suhey Flores is taking her passion for the medical field to Utah, where she was offered a job with XOtech LLC. “I was hired as a biomedical technician in Ogden, Utah,” the Brownsville native said. “It feels nice to start my career and begin a new...
May 16, 2024
TSTC’s Professional Driving Academy emphasizes safety in its one-month CDL course
(MARSHALL, Texas) – In Texas State Technical College’s Professional Driving Academy, students can receive the training needed for a Class A commercial driver’s license (CDL) in just one month. “Every aspect of every part of our society — commerce, construction, housing, food, everything — relies on the trucking industry,” Wayne Bradley, a CDL trainer at...
May 16, 2024
TSTC helps Cybersecurity students navigate path from college to career
(ROSENBERG, Texas) – “Everyone needs us, even if they don’t know it yet.” That is what Andrew Phillips, lead instructor for the Cybersecurity program at Texas State Technical College’s Fort Bend County location, often says when asked by his students who is hiring. Although Phillips finds that there are a lot of possible paths for...
May 12, 2024
TSTC Building Construction Technology graduate takes skills to Texas-based construction company
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Recent Texas State Technical College graduate Jess Johnson was offered a job with Joeris General Contractors after company representatives noticed her professionalism at the TSTC Industry Job Fair last month. Johnson received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology with honors at TSTC’s spring commencement. “I was hired as...
May 12, 2024
TSTC Nursing student follows in mother’s career pathway
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – A pledge to patient care is a bond that Illiana Rodriguez shares with her mother, Celina Romo, as Rodriguez pursues a medical education at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location just as her mother did. Their dedication to health care is one of the reasons why they and others like them are...
May 12, 2024
TSTC Surgical Technology student gets hands-on experience both at school and on the job
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Edward Rivas always had his heart set on working in the medical field, and he is making that dream a reality. After going to work for Valley Baptist Medical Center as a surgical attendant in 2020, Rivas was encouraged by some of the staff there to join the Associate of Applied Science...
May 10, 2024
TSTC’s Health Information Technology: Health care behind the scenes
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Health Information Technology program can be seen as the cybersecurity of health care. “We’re behind the scenes in health care,” Sarah Brooks, TSTC’s interim director of alignment for Health Information Technology, said. “We take care of patients by ensuring that patient information is accessible when needed and keeping...
May 5, 2024
Muralist and TSTC graduate thrives with area media venture
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – When Texas State Technical College graduate Aristeo Castillo was first introduced to graffiti art, it put him on a trajectory to becoming a muralist and eventually founding his own Harlingen-based company, Slate Media. “I enjoyed seeing the various styles of graffiti art when I was a teenager,” he said. “I started to...
May 5, 2024
Internship at energy company helps TSTC Mechatronics Technology student refine his skills
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Leonel Perez, a Mechatronics Technology student at Texas State Technical College, recently began an internship with Oncor Electric Delivery in Big Spring. Perez, who is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree, said the internship supplements what he is learning at TSTC. “I’ve learned how to monitor the performance of electrical switches...
April 30, 2024
TSTC graduates celebrate new chapter at spring commencement
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – For more than 235 Texas State Technical College graduates, it was a rewarding moment as they walked across the stage at the South Padre Island Convention Center and received certificates of completion or associate degrees at TSTC’s Spring 2024 Commencement on Tuesday, April 30. Eladio Jaimez, provost at TSTC’s Harlingen location, welcomed...
April 21, 2024
TSTC Electrical Lineworker student thankful for skills acquired for future job
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Former U.S. Marine Oswaldo Arriasola, an Electrical Lineworker and Management Technology student at Texas State Technical College, hopes that soon he will get the attention of potential employers in the Texas workforce. Arriasola is on track to earn his Associate of Applied Science degree from TSTC’s Harlingen location this semester. “It’s a...
April 17, 2024
TSTC Wind Energy Technology students go from classroom to careers
(SWEETWATER, Texas) – Four candidates for graduation in Texas State Technical College’s Wind Energy Technology program this semester have signed with companies either to begin or continue their careers in the wind energy industry.  Sterling Hernandez will begin work at Oncor, while Joeangel Reyna will continue to work at RWE following his internship there. Casey...
April 14, 2024
Nunez pursues better life in TSTC’s Drafting and Design program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – After working in some unfulfilling jobs, Carlos Nunez sought a career that would give him a better life. So he contacted an enrollment coach at Texas State Technical College’s Harlingen location. “I wanted to know which programs were associated with computers to take in the evening,” Nunez said. “I met an instructor...
April 7, 2024
TSTC Dental Hygiene program to celebrate Dental Hygienist Appreciation Week with second annual networking event
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – To commemorate Dental Hygienist Appreciation Week during the second week of April, Texas State Technical College’s Dental Hygiene program will host its second annual dental hygienist networking event in collaboration with dental supply companies Dentsply Sirona and Patterson Dental from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, at SMOKE: Texas BBQ...
April 7, 2024
TSTC Welding Technology student aims to earn second degree, finds niche in program
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – April is National Welding Month, and Texas State Technical College Welding Technology student Laura Torres is honing her welding skills to meet job demands in the state. Torres is one of 10 women in the program at the Harlingen location. She was first introduced to welding at Edinburg Economedes High School (now...
April 2, 2024
TSTC students balance night classes with day jobs
(MARSHALL, Texas) – Steven Williamson, a Precision Machining Technology instructor at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location, recently described one of the benefits of taking college classes at night: “You work during the day and then you come to school, and you still have time with family and friends.” Several TSTC students are benefiting from...
March 31, 2024
Montalvo’s love for aviation leads to hands-on at TSTC
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College student Olivia Montalvo is a person who enjoys keeping herself busy. When she is not practicing martial arts, she is working on airplane engines in the Aircraft Powerplant Technology program at TSTC’s Harlingen location. Montalvo, who is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree, first sparked an interest...
March 31, 2024
Maldonado finds renewable energy education a right fit
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – It is never too late to consider college. That is the encouragement Texas State Technical College Wind Energy Technology student Joey Maldonado received from his family and friends so he could have a rewarding career. “(They) wanted me to find something to fall back on because I have the potential to do...
March 31, 2024
TSTC’s Nursing program observes Medication Safety Week
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Nurses have an important role of explaining and giving medication to improve the health of their patients. That awareness is emphasized in the Vocational Nursing and LVN to RN Transition programs at Texas State Technical College — especially during Medication Safety Week, which is observed April 1-7. Heather Sauceda, TSTC’s Vocational Nursing...
March 28, 2024
TSTC’s Drafting and Design program visits TechServ
(MARSHALL, Texas) – The Drafting and Design program instructors at Texas State Technical College’s Marshall location took their students on a tour of the joint-use administration and engineering firm TechServ in Tyler on Wednesday, March 27.  “I want (our students) to be able to see these companies for themselves, that way they know that there...
March 27, 2024
TSTC Plumbing and Pipefitting Technology students tour Kohler plant in Brownwood
(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – From the front entrance to the final stop, Texas State Technical College Plumbing and Pipefitting Technology students recently were provided with a better understanding of what they work on in labs as part of their degree requirements. Ten students, along with their instructors, toured the Kohler Co. plant in Brownwood earlier this...
March 24, 2024
Noble Texas Builders visits TSTC for employer spotlight
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Some Texas State Technical College Building Construction Technology students recently listened to a presentation about potential job opportunities that they might pursue after graduation. During Noble Texas Builders’ first employer spotlight at TSTC’s location in Harlingen, representatives Juan Chavez and Eric Delgado discussed the company’s mission, internship opportunities, current technologies being utilized,...
March 24, 2024
TSTC’s Precision Machining Technology program brings out best in student
(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College Precision Machining Technology student Adrian Munoz developed a fascination with engineering at a young age. “My dad and I worked on a project where he wanted to fuse two jeeps together and make it an eight-seater,” he said. “During that process, I loved working on the automobile’s engine.”...
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