LIFT Center

(ABILENE, Texas) – Texas State Technical College representatives connected with Abilene Independent School District students and their parents during the ribbon-cutting of the Leadership and Innovation in Future Technologies (LIFT) Center.

TSTC dual enrollment representatives and recruiters will maintain a presence at the LIFT Center, Abilene ISD’s newest facility. During the Sept. 7 event, Abilene school officials were among those gathered for the ribbon-cutting and school officials offered tours of the facility.

“This was a way for us to connect with parents and future TSTC students, as well as community leaders,” said Daniel Martin, TSTC’s student recruitment director for the college’s West Texas campuses.

Shelby Bennett, a TSTC dual enrollment recruiting representative, spent time talking with students and their parents. She explained how programs offered at the LIFT Center can lead to a college opportunity with TSTC.

“I am excited to work closely with Abilene ISD and their students,” she said. “Having an office here will help us visit with students and give them a head start on the programs we offer and into high-paying jobs.”

TSTC will maintain an office in the LIFT Center counseling center that will be staffed by Rachel Lantrip, a TSTC recruiter, and located near the main entrance. 

Prior to the event, TSTC recruiters toured the facility and were impressed with what they saw being offered to students.

“This is a phenomenal facility,” said Rene Ralston, TSTC dual enrollment operations director. “Abilene ISD should be proud of what they are offering students.”

Martin said the team’s goal is to inform students of the pathway to TSTC and its many programs.

“We want to pair up with Abilene ISD to make sure students know what is available and get them on the path to earning an associate degree,” he said. “Rachel will be working as our lead recruiter and has a great relationship with the LIFT staff.”

The LIFT Center is the school district’s home to all career and technical education programs and ATEMS (Academy of Technology, Engineering, Math and Science) High School. Programs offered include automotive, carpentry, culinary, cybersecurity, digital communications, drone, electrical, engineering, graphic design and multimedia, information technology and support services, programming and software development, robotics and welding.

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