(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College is welcoming students back for the first week of the spring semester.
“The provost’s office is very excited to welcome back our students taking both virtual and hybrid classes,” said Jerome Mendias, TSTC’s associate provost. “ We could not be happier to kick off another successful semester and get our students placed closer to achieving their goals and pursuing their careers.”
A large portion of the Kultgen Automotive Center, home to TSTC’s Automotive Technology program, was empty. This is because all of the equipment in the classroom-portion of the building was moved out during the holiday break to make way for a renovation project scheduled to be completed by this fall to accommodate the program’s performance-based education initiative. Automotive Technology students will temporarily take classes at the Fentress Center, the Industrial Technology Center and in the automotive garage-lab in the Kultgen Automotive Center.
“The students are going to get a lot more in-shop experience,” said George Williams, lead instructor in TSTC’s Automotive Technology program. “They will be spending a lot more time in labs.”
Rodion Cantacuzene, of Belton, is scheduled to graduate this semester from the Robotics Technology program. He said staying awake for his first morning class on Monday was a challenge.
“I really missed it (TSTC),” he said. “I had fun on my break. Coming back is nice and it is good to see my classmates.”
Resident advisors in Griffith Hall and Red River Apartments are having small activities for residents during the week.
The Village Oaks Apartments at TSTC continued their “Friends” theme from last fall to welcome students back for the spring semester. Residents are taking part this week in events centered on board games, s’mores and tie-dye.
Ethan Williams, of Madisonville, is a Village Oaks resident advisor and an Electrical Power and Controls major scheduled to graduate this semester.
“I look forward to finding a job and a good company I can rely on,” he said about his big goal for the semester.
The Murray Watson Jr. Student Recreation Center will be open this semester from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays to Thursdays, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays. A game night is planned for this week.
For more information, go to tstc.edu.