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(SWEETWATER, Texas) – New and returning students at Texas State Technical College’s Sweetwater campus were greeted with several activities this week. The fall semester started on Monday, Aug. 28.

After students moved into the apartments and dorms at the Sweetwater campus, they had the opportunity to attend a new student orientation to learn about available resources on campus and meet members of the TSTC faculty and staff. Orientation events were also held at the Abilene, Breckenridge and Brownwood campuses prior to the first day of the fall semester.

“At TSTC, we work to make sure the student experience is as easy as possible,” said Ysidra Reyna, a senior enrollment coach at the Sweetwater campus. “To see so many students participate in this activity made me proud to represent the college.”

Gabby Mallett, associate provost of the Sweetwater campus, was one of the first people to welcome students to campus. She thanked them for choosing TSTC, adding that she will be watching them work on enhancing their skills.

“I will be with you from today until the time you walk the stage at commencement,” she said. “Everyone at TSTC works with you so you are successful. Our mission is to get you into the workforce.”

Tiffany Oden, housing director at the Sweetwater campus, said students moved into their apartments and dorms with ease. She said the housing facilities were near capacity, with more than 90 students living on campus.

To help students learn about the different agencies in Sweetwater, a resource fair was held during move-in day.

“We wanted to make sure students knew each of the services we have on campus and within the city,” she said. “The students and parents appreciated the time we allowed them to visit with people from the community.”

Throughout the first week of school, the Sweetwater campus held different activities for students, ranging from movie night to sporting activities.

“This gave our students the chance to see the facilities we have at the Student Center,” said Joni Coons, leadership coach for TSTC Residence Life and Engagement. “We will be planning different activities throughout the semester for everyone to enjoy.”

Members of the Sweetwater campus’s faculty, leadership team and police department also welcomed students during lunch hours and morning activities.

“This was a great way for the students to get to know who everyone on the campus is,” Mallet said. “It was a great way to begin the new school year for everyone.”

For more information about TSTC, visit tstc.edu.

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