(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Texas State Technical College began the fall semester on Monday, Aug. 31.
While many of TSTC’s programs have transitioned to being taught completely online, there are still several being taught in a hybrid format, which allows for mandatory lab hours to be completed on campus. Safety standards maintained by TSTC include multilayered facial coverings being worn at all times, directional signs placed throughout every building, and at least six feet of social distancing practiced while on campus.
The fall semester began only a few days after over 100 students were virtually celebrated during TSTC’s digital commencement on Aug. 28.
TSTC staff encouraged students beginning the semester.
“Believe in yourself and what you can do,” said new student orientation coordinator Larissa Moreno. “This next semester may be more challenging than you hoped. But remember that at TSTC, we have your back.”
She also offered some words of wisdom for the students.
“Stay positive, have a plan, don’t be afraid to ask for help, and manage your time,” she said. “Study, and always do your best.”
Provost Cledia Hernandez recognizes that residents of the Rio Grande Valley have rallied together to get through the ongoing pandemic.
“We are excited to launch a new semester,” she said. “As a region, we continue to move forward and stay strong. Our students are ready to begin their next chapter, and they have answered the call to keep Texas thriving by enrolling at TSTC to prepare themselves to go into the workforce and become an integral part of rebuilding South Texas. We couldn’t be prouder.”