(BROWNWOOD, Texas) – State Sen. Dawn Buckingham, R-Lakeway, was able to see Texas State Technical College students in training during a visit to the Brownwood campus this week.
Buckingham, who represents District 24 in the Texas Senate, competed with students in a CPR race designed to help students’ rhythm. At one point she led the four students, but she eventually admitted that it would be better to let the students do the work.
“It was fun racing the paramedic students, but I will leave the lifesaving skills to them,” said Buckingham, who is an oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon.
TSTC Emergency Medical Services instructor Richard Sharp led the tour and was happy that Buckingham got involved.
“For her to recognize the quality of the program we have says a lot about TSTC,” he said. “It was an honor to have the senator visit our campus.”
Gail Lawrence, TSTC’s executive vice chancellor and chief of staff to the chancellor, said that Buckingham’s visit shows the importance of the college to Texas.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Sen. Buckingham to our Brownwood campus,” Lawrence said. “We’re grateful for her support and are thrilled that she understands the value of a technical education. After all, it’s our mission to provide the state with a high-quality workforce.”
Buckingham’s staff was also informed of TSTC’s involvement with the 3M Manufacturing and Academic Partnerships (MAP) program, which allows students to study for a career in manufacturing. The MAP partnership between TSTC, 3M and Brownwood Independent School District was unveiled in February.
TSTC received a grant from the 3M Foundation to purchase MecLab Trainers that will be used in the program. Through the program, Brownwood High School students will have the chance to learn the basics of creating and using schematic designs, circuit diagrams and technical drawings; building models; creating simulations; and developing and constructing electronic and pneumatic circuits.
Buckingham, who was making her first visit to the Brownwood campus, was impressed with what she saw.
“This is a great and beautiful campus,” she said. “We love TSTC. It is so important for the kids to have this opportunity in our community. TSTC is a huge benefit to Brownwood.”
For more information about TSTC, visit tstc.edu.