The recruitment team of TSTC’s Marshall campus regularly visits high schools such as Quitman High School. (Photo courtesy of TSTC.)

(MARSHALL, Texas) – The recruitment team of Texas State Technical College’s Marshall campus recently traveled to Quitman High School to present information to a group of 21 students and parents about what the college offers.

The high school’s CTE (career and technical education) director, Sherrie Callahan, and engineering teacher, David Cross, have taken students to visit TSTC for around seven years.

“We’re so impressed with the campus, the school, the people, the programs — everything,” Callahan said. “We seem to get kids interested, but too often we can’t get the parents on board. This was our opportunity to get parents here to hear it.”

TSTC admissions advisor Sara Whitaker guided the attendees on a virtual tour of the Marshall campus’s programs — both in-person and online — and resources.

“We don’t want you to just take a job,” Whitaker said. “We want you to have a career, and we want you to leave your imprint and your mark on this world. You already have a gift. Come see us, get that skill, hone that skill.”

The recruitment staff spent time meeting with families after the presentation to answer questions and show them how to apply to TSTC.

Quitman High School senior Lance Baucom wants to follow in his brother’s and his current welding instructor’s footsteps and pursue Welding Technology at the Marshall campus.

“He’s always wanted to be a welder,” Shelly Baucom, Lance’s mother, said. “The tuition isn’t as much as we thought it was going to be, and neither is the housing. I think (TSTC) will be a good fit for him.”

Michele Richey, whose son attends Quitman High School, was in search of options to further his education. Both were eager to learn more about TSTC.

“Typical college was not for (my son),” Richey said. “Something that would be beneficial for his future is one of the main reasons why we were interested.”

The Marshall campus will hold its open house, TechXperience Day, on March 7. Register to attend at

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