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(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Vanessa Hurtado had a special reason to reenroll at Texas State Technical College.

The San Benito native’s desire to adopt a child inspired her to want to help others, and she hopes that a certificate of completion in Emergency Medical Services that she is working on, along with the biology degree that she earned at TSTC in 2016, will help her to do just that.

“I saw a need for the little girl that my husband and I want to adopt,” she said. “I want to be able to give her a normal, happy and healthy life.”

Hurtado knew that she was making a good decision when she returned to TSTC.

“I already had experience there,” she said. “I knew I was going to get a quality education and training. I made the decision to come back specifically for this program, and I have not regretted it.”

She said that part of what makes her time in the Emergency Medical Services program worthwhile are the instructors.

“They have all been in the field, and they teach from experience,” she said. “The instructors advocate for the students, and they love what they do.”

Daniel Forbing, an instructor in the program, said that Hurtado is not just excelling as a student, but also as someone who other students could come to for help should they need it.

“She is a mentor for other students,” he said. “I look forward to hearing about the great things she will do in the field.”

As far as what she plans to do after graduating, Hurtado said that because of the hands-on training she has received while studying, her options are wide open.

“The great thing about this program is that you get to interact with potential future employers during clinical rotation,” she said. “It is like one big job interview. The possibilities are truly endless.”

During the month of March, TSTC wants to honor women in history and right on our campuses who work to make strides in STEM fields every day.

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