(MARSHALL, Texas) – More than 30 graduates received certificates and associate degrees at Texas State Technical College’s Fall 2019 Commencement held Friday, Dec. 6, at the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel at Wiley College in Marshall.

Several graduates already have jobs, while others are making plans for the future. 

Trevor Dammeir grew up in California and came to TSTC to study Precision Machining Technology. He will receive an associate degree at the ceremony. He chose TSTC because it is affordable, and has housing and is close to relatives living in Tyler.

While at TSTC, Dammeir took part in SkillsUSA and competed both statewide and nationally in the CNC Turning competition. 

“I like working with my hands,” he said. “TSTC had what I was looking for.”

Rush Harris, director of business services at the Marshall Economic Development Corp., was the ceremony’s guest speaker. He talked to graduates about knowing who they are, challenging themselves and to never stop learning. 

“TSTC is not an average college and you are not average graduates,” Harris said. “This school and your degrees are different from traditional post-graduate degrees. You have learned, and will continue to learn advanced technical skills. That dedication combined with the demand from employers results in very positive outcome for you graduates to stay committed.”

Harris is a graduate of Marshall High School, Southern Methodist University, the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

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