(HARLINGEN, Texas) – Honks and cheers were heard during a drive-thru ceremony at Texas State Technical College recently in celebration of the Employee Service Awards, which recognize TSTC employees for their years of service.
Employees were given a commemorative plaque and yard sign to thank them for their dedication to TSTC. Celebrated years ranged from five to 35, and 50 employees qualified for recognition.
TSTC Human Resources business partner Julie Gonzalez said that it is essential that employees know they are appreciated for their hard work.
“It is so important to celebrate every milestone we reach in our careers, especially at TSTC,” she said.
During the event, which followed TSTC’s strict coronavirus safety guidelines, employees were required to stay in their vehicles, and all accolades were given without physical contact.
Gonzalez said that those who have dedicated their time to TSTC play an important role in the ultimate purpose of the college: to help students succeed.
“Our employees with many years of service believe in the mission of TSTC,” she said. “It means that they are truly invested.”
Gonzalez, who is a recipient of an award for 15 years of service, thanked her colleagues for making the environment so special.
“Thank you for all you do to make TSTC a great place to work,” she said. “One thing that my co-worker, Melissa Aleman, and I talk about often is how TSTC and the employees we work with on the Harlingen campus are not just co-workers, they are family.”
Provost Cledia Hernandez reiterated that TSTC staff and faculty are pieces of the puzzle that help keep the campus running.
“Our employees are the essence of TSTC,” she said. “They are the driving force of accomplishing why we do what we do. We cannot do what we do without them.”
To learn more about TSTC, visit tstc.edu.