(WACO, Texas) – Texas State Technical College’s Student Support Services held an open house on Thursday to celebrate its new and larger space at the Murray Watson Jr. Student Recreation Center.
Student Support Services provides child care assistance, a clothing closet, community resources, a food pantry and a lending library free to enrolled TSTC students.
“I just like being able to help anyway I can,” said Misty Kaska, Student Support Services’ coordinator.
Students needing child care can get information on state-licensed day care centers and after-school programs, said Kaska. Job interview-style clothing is available to students during the semester in which they are scheduled to graduate, and they can take advantage of a cap-and-gown loan program.
Students seeking assistance from the food pantry can pick up bags every 10 days.
“We try to not let them go shopping because we have to spread the love as much as we can,” Kaska said.
Kaska said students with at least a 2.0 grade point average and taking more than six semester credit hours can borrow books and tools for technical classes. She said industry code books and general academic books are not available.
Allison Haynes, a Cloud Computing major from Orange, Texas, and president of TSTC’s Student Government Association, said she utilizes the lending library because it works for her finances. She said having this and other services is good for students, especially those who are new to the campus and are learning to live on their own.
“Being away from home, they may not know what they need,” Haynes said. “It fills in the gaps to provide for themselves.”
Student Support Services was previously located at the Student Services Center.
For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.