Mission, Vision and Values
Legislative Mission Statement
TSTC’s purpose or mission is described in Vernon’s Texas Education Code Section 135.01:
“The Texas State Technical College System is a co-educational two-year institution
“The Texas State Technical College System shall contribute to the educational and economic development of the State of Texas by offering occupationally-oriented programs with supporting academic coursework, emphasizing highly specialized advanced and emerging technical and vocational areas for certificates or associate degrees. The Texas State Technical College System is authorized to serve the State of Texas through excellence in instruction, public service, faculty and manpower research and economic development. The system’s economic development efforts to improve the competitiveness of Texas business and industry include exemplary centers of excellence in technical program clusters on the system’s campuses and support of educational research commercialization initiatives. Through close collaboration with business, industry, governmental agencies and communities, including public and private secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, and the system shall facilitate and deliver an articulated and responsive technical education system."
TSTC West Texas Expanded Statement of Purpose
TSTC West Texas offers technical courses and programs in response to the economic needs of industries and businesses in Texas. The College trains students for employment in technical careers in current and emerging fields.
Regents' Expanded Statement of Purpose
The TSTC Board of Regents periodically reviews the mission statement as defined by the legislature and authors an Expanded Statement of Purpose. The most recent version of the statement was approved on August 6, 2010, and is worded as follows:
"Texas State Technical College System is a special purpose system of colleges legislatively mandated to assume statewide responsibility for the offering of emerging and advanced technical education and training at the collegiate level as well as other technical and vocational programs not commonly offered by community/junior colleges. TSTC will be a leader in building the economic vibrancy of Texas by striving to develop the technical competence of all Texans through the uniform delivery of high value learning experiences on location and at a distance. TSTC will facilitate the transfer of technology to Texas business and industry directly through the graduation of technicians in advance and emerging disciplines and through technical assistance provided to business and industry."