(HUTTO, Texas) – Three employees at Texas State Technical College in East Williamson County have been honored for their work and skills.
George Fields, an Industrial Electrical Systems instructor; Abigail Flores, an enrollment coach and Michael Smith, an associate field development officer for The TSTC Foundation, have received Chancellor’s Excellence Awards.
The Chancellor’s Excellence Award began in 2001 and has been given to more than 300 TSTC employees statewide. Recipients are nominated by their peers for their work toward advancing the technical college’s mission.
“The teammates who win this award model excellence for us all and are recognized for both their sound character and for advancing TSTC’s new direction,” said TSTC Chancellor Mike Reeser. “Due to their caring and dedicated efforts, TSTC continues to make a difference in the employment success of our students.”
Fields has been at TSTC for seven years.
“I am motivated by students from diverse demographics who want to become skilled in the trades,” he said. “I am continually being exposed to new trends in my field and thus to new learning and teaching opportunities.”
Flores works with TSTC students from enrollment until they graduate.
“What motivates me is knowing that we are helping our students improve their future,” she said.
Flores worked for 10 years at TSTC in Harlingen before moving in 2017 to TSTC in Williamson County.
She is a graduate of TSTC’s Business Office Technology program.
Smith’s job is to build long-term and sustainable relationships for the campus and increase The TSTC Foundation’s ability to provide financial assistance to students.
“I embrace the concept of meeting companies and donors where they are, and that can mean starting early in the morning or ending late in the evening,” he said. “Some days I’m in a three-piece suit, and others I’m in blue jeans and an apron preparing lunch to say ‘thank you’ to one of our partners.”
Smith has worked for three years at TSTC.
“Being a smaller campus, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know each of the members on our campus and appreciate not just their hard work, but their friendship.”
Fields, Flores and Smith will join 32 other TSTC employees statewide who will be honored at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development’s Excellence Awards Dinner and Celebration in May in Austin.
For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to www.tstc.edu.