(RED OAK, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s North Texas campus’ provost, Marcus Balch, plans to see the campus’s programs continue to grow in 2024.
TSTC has recently seen a structural change to the leadership of its technical programs, creating more administratively based positions focused on a few programs each.
“We are going to have some more resources through those individuals to do some more coordinated recruiting efforts, to do some targeted conversations with our industry partners and some more strategic workforce training initiatives,” Balch said.
Communicating with industry partners is a consistent priority for TSTC, and Balch said he wants to continue putting an emphasis on those relationships, as well as relationships with other organizations.
“(We’re) trying to further develop existing relationships with partners of all sorts and sizes, from school districts to industry partners and to all that that entails, and really trying to do our best to continue to make strides forward on enrollment,” he said.
Balch said this emphasis on relationship-building and enrollment is reflective of the current needs of industry.
“Industry needs more people than we can produce,” he said. “It’s important to continue to grow each and every program that we have, and get closer to meeting the needs of our industry partners.”
In addition to current industry partners, Balch said new industries will also be searching for skilled workers with the training that TSTC provides.
“For us, it’s really just to keep pounding away, trying to fill the courses and classes that we do have, and continuing to work with industry partners to understand what the needs are,” he said.
For more information on TSTC, go to tstc.edu.