drive-thru recruitment

Recruitment event to be first in-person opportunity since pandemic

(HARLINGEN, Texas) – If you make tracks to Texas State Technical College’s drive-thru recruitment event Thursday, July 29, you have a chance to roll out with a $1,500 scholarship.

Any prospective student who swings by campus to meet instructors, learn more about hybrid and online programs, and take tours will be entered to win.

“That may be the difference between them attending or not,” said Melissa Morman, a TSTC director of student recruiting. “We’re opening doors, removing barriers. Now is the opportunity to capitalize.”

More than 17 hybrid programs, which combine online classes with in-person labs, will be represented at the recruitment event, including those in the fields of aviation, allied health, engineering and manufacturing, environmental and safety, and other industries. TSTC’s online-only programs will also be present.

The drive-thru event is designed to offer applicants and prospective students the opportunity to learn more about TSTC’s programs from the comfort, convenience and safety of their car.

“We’re just trying to ensure we’re providing safety measures for all of our students and really trying to showcase our programs during the pandemic,” Morman said.

This is among the first in-person — albeit socially distanced — large-scale recruitment events for the campus in Harlingen since before COVID-19 hit.

“We’re really excited we get to see our instructors again,” said Janet Alfaro, a TSTC sales team coordinator. “The students get to visit the campus and visit the instructors, as well. Because of COVID, we couldn’t really meet with each other.”

If attendees prefer to get out from behind the wheel, they can also choose to park and walk around. TSTC instructors will be on hand to answer questions about what students will learn over the course of their degree — and to give tours of labs and facilities.

Enrollment coaches and other team members aim to help students down the road to official enrollment.

“(Students are) driving by, and they’re looking at programs,” Alfaro said. “Toward the end, they have the option to register that same date. They’re able to talk to a coach and find out what items they’re missing. The goal is for them to drive out with a class schedule.”

Morman encourages students who wish to enroll during the event to bring a record of their bacterial meningitis vaccination if they are under the age of 22, their TSI score and a high school transcript.

Interested persons may register for the drive-thru recruitment event at

Enrollment for the fall semester at TSTC is underway. For more information, visit

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