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TSTC Inaugurates First SGA President at Fort Bend Campus

(FORT BEND) – Texas State Technical College student Madison Ellis was recently named the first Student Government Association (SGA) President for TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus.

It is the 19-year-old’s first semester at TSTC as an Electrical Lineworker Technology student and said he never expected anything like this to happen.

“I’m excited that I have been given this opportunity,” he said. “I wasn’t looking for it, it found me. But I’m ready to serve our students.”

The Missouri City native closed his first week on the job by adding additional companies to TSTC’s student discount list: Brewingz, Panda Express, Bush’s Chicken and Bullritos – Burritos and Tacos.

He is also working on building a partnership with a local recycling center to raise money for either an end-of-semester pizza party for the students or a new foosball table or basketball hoop system to beautify the campus and/or community.

“Everything I’m doing is for the students,” he said. “They’re trusting me to be their voice.”

Ellis added that he conducted student surveys and will work on the things most important to his fellow peers.Madison Ellis TSTC SGA President

Other goals on Ellis’ list include creating an intramural sports program and encouraging students to do more community service projects.

His supervisor and Director of Student Services Georgeann Calzada said it is Ellis’ leadership, ambition and determination that made him a great candidate for president.

“He’s jumped right into his position and has wasted no time in talking with students and finding out what they need and want,” said Calzada. “He is very excited about being an advocate for our students and his confidence will take him far in this position. He’s definitely a great addition to our team and a great asset to TSTC.”

Ellis is active in his community by volunteering with the Special Olympics and organizing toy and food drives and fundraisers for those less fortunate and most recently volunteering during National Make a Difference Day.

Leading up to Ellis’ Summer 2018 graduation, he said he wants to make positive changes for students and encourage others to work with him as part of SGA to continue the work he has started once he leaves TSTC.

“I’m still soaking it all in. This is such a new role for me to have,” said Ellis. “But I’m looking forward to everything that’s to come.”

Though Ellis will remain busy as SGA President, he said he will remain focused on his education. He plans on working hard to hopefully receive job offers before graduating and be set once he flips his tassel to the left and receives his certificate.

He has his eye on starting his career with CenterPoint Energy or AEP Energy.

“Everything about TSTC has exceeded my expectations,” he said. “It is opening doors of opportunity every day for me and preparing me for a successful career.”

For more information on the programs offered at TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus, visit tstc.edu.

Mark Your Calendar: TSTC Registration Rally on Nov. 29

(ABILENE) – Texas State Technical College in Abilene will host a Registration Rally on Wednesday, Nov. 29 – all part of an effort to make the registration process as easy as possible for incoming students.

 

Recruiting and Admissions staff will be on standby to walk students through the registration process. They will also offer tours and help with applications.

 

The Registration Rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the main campus. Attendees will be able to meet with faculty, learn more about the different technologies offered at the Abilene campus and tour the facilities.

 

In addition to Recruiting and Admissions; personnel from Financial Aid, Testing, Student Success and Veteran Services will be available to answer questions and lend a helping hand. Prospective students will be able to learn all about resources available to them.

 

Students who need help finalizing their registration are encouraged to bring the following: copy of driver’s license, high school transcript or GED, any college transcripts, proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination and TSI scores.

 

For more information on the Registration Rally, go to www.tstc.edu/rally.

Mark Your Calendar: TSTC Registration Rally on Nov. 28

(SWEETWATER) – Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater will host a Registration Rally on Tuesday, Nov. 28 – all part of an effort to make the registration process as easy as possible for incoming students.   

Recruiting and Admissions staff will be on standby to walk students through the registration process. They will also offer tours and help with applications.

The Registration Rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Sears Building. Attendees will be able to meet with faculty, learn more about the different technologies offered at the Sweetwater campus and tour the facilities.

In addition to Recruiting and Admissions; personnel from Financial Aid, Testing, Student Success and Veteran Services will be available to answer questions and lend a helping hand. Prospective students will be able to learn all about resources available to them.

Prospective students who need help finalizing their registration are encouraged to bring the following: copy of driver’s license, high school transcript or GED, any college transcripts, proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination, housing application and TSI scores.

For more information on the Registration Rally, go to www.tstc.edu/rally.

 

Student Success Profile – Melissa Lerma

(HARLINGEN) – Melissa LermaMelissa Lerma is a Surgical Technology student at Texas State Technical College and will receive her associate degree Summer 2018. She already has an associate degree from TSTC in Biology, which she earned in 2016.

The 20-year-old is also active on campus and with her church. Despite her demanding class schedule, she volunteers with her church delivering food and hosting food drives, in addition to fundraising with the TSTC Surgical Technology Club in order to attend the Association of Surgical Technologists annual conference.  She is currently the club’s secretary.

The Weslaco native said she has always been fascinated with the human anatomy and how it works so she is glad that TSTC had just the right program for her.

What are your plans after graduation?

My goal is to get hired at a Valley hospital before even graduating and being able to start my career. I will also continue my education to become a Certified Surgical First Assistant and a Licensed Surgical Assistant.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to become a Licensed Surgical Assistant and be the surgeon second hand in the operating room.

What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?

My greatest accomplishments while at TSTC were earning my first associate degree in Biology and being admitted into the Surgical Technology program. It’s very competitive and I was one of only 19 who got accepted.

What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?

The greatest lesson I have learned is to always have a positive attitude. I can honestly say that when I started looking at things positively and ignoring negativity, my life changed for the better.

Who at TSTC has had the greatest influence on your success?

My Psychology Instructor Frank Coronado is the person who helped me see life from a different perspective. I was unsure of my path or passion before his class, but then I had an ‘aha’ moment and I started being more positive, getting A’s in my classes, building  stronger relationships and finding my passion.

What is your advice for future TSTC students?

My advice for future TSTC students is to always maintain a positive and good attitude, look on the bright side of things and never give up.

Employee Spotlight: Myra Deleon

(HARLINGEN) – Myra Deleon, a coordinator for the department of Workforce Training and Continuing Education, has been a part of the Texas State Technical College team for 16 years and it is her devotion, compassion and will to lend a helping hand that has earned her the honor of being named December’s Employee Spotlight.

“Receiving this award was a big surprise for me. I was not expecting it,” she said. “I’m truly honored and thankful. It’s a great feeling to know that the work I do is appreciated and makes a difference. It encourages me to keep doing what I’m doing.”

Before becoming a full-time employee at TSTC, Deleon was a student at the college pursuing an associate degree to become an administrative assistant and a work study in the continuing education department.

“I arrived at TSTC and never left,” Deleon said with a laugh. “This college has become my second home and family. I love it here.”

After graduating in 2001, she accepted a job offer at the college as a department secretary for continuing education. She also served as a proctor and manager for the testing center, before returning to her initial department as an administrative assistant, a project manager and most recently a coordinator.Myra Deleon

“TSTC has been a journey and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here,” she said.

The San Benito native said she hopes to continue growing the department. She aims to create more programs to give students and employers more training options.

“My goal is to continue working closely with my team in strengthening our department, making our programs stronger while making a positive impact in students’ lives,” she added.

It is this enthusiasm for her work and TSTC’s students that her colleagues say set her apart.

“Myra has been a faithful team member to the continuing education department for more than a decade,” said one comment printed on her employee spotlight certificate.

Another read, “She is always willing to help her teammates and always looking for ways to not only improve our department’s productivity, but to also build a nurturing environment and bring our team members together.”

Lastly, “She has such a compassionate heart towards our students, fellow co-workers and everyone she interacts with. She is always smiling and making people laugh while still getting her job done. She is an amazing team member.”

Deleon said she works hard for TSTC because it works hard for her.

“As employees, TSTC gives us so many opportunities,” she said. “From supporting our educational goals to giving us room to grow, TSTC is there encouraging us every step of the way.”

In the spring, Deleon is set to attend Wayland University through TSTC’s University Center, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Deleon said she would like to give a big thank you not only to her colleagues for the nomination, but to her husband, who is also a TSTC alumnus and her two daughters for always supporting her.

TSTC Hosts Local Authors

TSTC Texas Writers Exhibit

(HARLINGEN) – The Humanities and Arts Department at Texas State Technical College recently hosted local authors and poets, many from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, at writing forums open to students, faculty, staff and the community.

Authors and poets who participated in the forums were: San Benito Writers Forum members Enriqueta Ramos, Beto Conde and TSTC Physics Instructor Jose Alvarez, UTRGV Professor of Creative Writing Dr. Elvia Ardalani, UTRGV Professor Emeritus in History Dr. Manuel Medrano, UTRGV Professor of Communications Dr. William Strong.

The forums were in conjunction with the Texas Writers Exhibit, which has been at the TSTC J. Gilbert Leal Learning Resource Center for the past month, thanks in part to a $1,000 grant from Humanities Texas.

This was the exhibit’s first time in the Rio Grande Valley and focused on the vitality and breadth of creative writing in Texas from the mid-twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first century to present day.

“We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the humanities and arts with our students and the community,” said Dr. Richard Kirk, TSTC social and behavioral science and humanities professor. “This exhibit brought awareness to the transcultural contributions made to Texas literature.”

New Members of TSTC Board of Regents Sworn In

(WACO) – Texas State Technical College recently celebrated the installation of three new members of the Board of Regents.

A special meeting was held Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the John B. Connally Technology Center on the Waco campus and included a meal prepared by the TSTC Culinary Arts program.

Tony Abad and Curtis Cleveland, both of Waco, and Alejandro G. Meade III of Mission were sworn in for six-year terms by 19th State District Court Judge Ralph Strother. They were recently appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Abad is a mechanical design engineer at SyberJet Aircraft. He is a past board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of McLennan County and past president of the Hispanic Republican Club of McLennan County, Sanger Heights Neighborhood Association and the Waco Sunrise Rotary.

Abad has an associate degree in drafting and design from TSTC in Harlingen.

Curtis Cleveland is vice president at Central Texas Iron Works Inc. in Waco. He is a member of the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy Executive Committee, the Extraco Bank Advisory Board of Directors, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors and other organizations.

Cleveland has been a member of The TSTC Foundation Board of Directors since 2002.

Cleveland has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas Tech University.

Meade is chief executive officer of the Mission Economic Development Corporation in the Rio Grande Valley. He is a member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation. He is also a nationally certified public manager and certified economic development finance professional.

Meade has a bachelor of business administration degree in economics from St. Edward’s University. He also has a master of business administration degree from The University of Texas at Brownsville and a master of public administration degree from The University of Texas Pan American. UTB and UTPA have since combined to form The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley.

Texas Rep. Kyle Kacal presented Board Chairman Keith Honey with a gavel for his service to the technical college and to commemorate TSTC Day at the Capitol held in the spring. The gavel was used to bring the state House of Representatives to order.

“TSTC is one of the most incredible educational opportunities for the youth of Texas,” said Kacal, a Brazos Valley legislator who represents a portion of McLennan County and attended the event.

Leaving the board are Penny Forrest of Waco, who served from 2009 to 2017; James Virgil Martin of Sweetwater, who served from 2004 to 2017; and Linda McKenna of Harlingen, who served from 2009 to 2017.

For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.

 

TSTC Student Q&A with Luke Mawhirter of Woodway

(WACO) – Luke Mawhirter, 22, of Woodway is a Visual Communication Technology major at Texas State Technical College who is scheduled to graduate in spring 2018.

Mawhirter graduated in 2014 from Robinson High School, where he was active in theater and the National Honor Society.

Have you always been interested in the arts? “Ever since I was a kid, I have liked to draw. Art has always been part of my life. When we got Photoshop, I started playing with it in fifth grade. It’s always been pretty natural. Technology has come easy to me. I have always enjoyed working with computers. The technology helps when doing visual arts.”

How did you enjoy growing up in the Waco area? “I have always loved Waco. My mother will say it’s small but not too small and big but not too big. There is so much attention on Waco. It’s always been a friendly place. It’s been cool to see the re-emergence of Waco.”

How did you become interested in TSTC? “I had heard about TSTC in high school. It was a known thing that it was here. I had friends that were taking classes there. What drew me to it was its simplicity. It’s so straightforward.”

Do you work on campus? “I am a work-study student. Sometimes, I help with business cards and talk about designs with the Creative Services staff. I do a lot of folding and organizing. I like to see it as a study thing. I have learned how to work a lot of the machinery. I was able to use this as my internship class. It’s been incredibly valuable.”

What is your career goal after graduation? “My main goal is to be an in-house graphics director.”

What advice would you give to high school students? “Don’t limit yourself. Explore every option that is available to you. Know your value and worth and pursue those things about you.”

Graphic design jobs are expected to rise to 278,800 through 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Texas currently has more than 12,000 graphic design jobs, with more than 100 of those in the Waco area. The annual mean wage in Texas for graphic designers is $48,360, according to the federal labor statistics bureau.

For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.

 

Spring 2018 Registration Begins at TSTC

(SWEETWATER) — Texas State Technical College in West Texas has begun registering students for the Spring 2018 semester. Registration will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays through Tuesday, Jan. 2. The college will be closed for the winter holiday Dec. 22 through Jan. 1, and classes will begin Monday, Jan. 8.

TSTC offers a variety of educational avenues, including certificate options and full associate degrees. High school students who want a head start on their college education may also opt for online training or dual-credit programs.

Among the many programs the college offers are Chemical Dependency Counseling, Computer-Aided Drafting & Design, Diesel Equipment Technology, Health Information Technology, Nursing, Welding and Wind Energy.

Students seeking financial aid should contact the TSTC Financial Aid office immediately at 325-236-8206 to allow time for processing. More information on financial aid, including an online application, is available at tstc.edu.

For more information on registering or the college, call 325-235-7300.

TSTC in Waco to Host Registration Rally on Nov. 17

(WACO) – Texas State Technical College will have a Registration Rally for the spring semester from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Student Services Center on Campus Drive.

The event is part of an effort to make the registration process as easy as possible for incoming students.

“The Registration Rally is a great opportunity for students to get all of their paperwork complete in one place before classes begin in January,” TSTC Provost Adam Hutchison said. “We’re setting aside some of the routine business of the day to concentrate our efforts on helping new students enroll more quickly and easily.”

Visitors can take campus tours and talk to faculty members about the more than 40 technical programs offered at TSTC, including Aircraft Airframe Technician, Avionics, Cloud and Data Center Management, Radiation Protection Technology and Web Design and Development.

People interested in enrolling should bring a copy of their driver’s license, high school transcript or GED, any college transcripts, proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination, housing application and TSI scores.

TSTC is having registration events at its 10 campuses throughout the state this fall. For information on the closest Registration Rally, log on to tstc.edu/rally.