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TSTC in Marshall to Host Registration Events This Summer

(MARSHALL) – Texas State Technical College will host three Registration Rally events this summer for prospective students interested in enrolling for the fall semester.

The events will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 22, July 20; and Aug. 3, in the Administration Building on East End Boulevard South in Marshall.

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

“Our Registration Rally will be a one-stop shop for students to register for classes at TSTC,” said Patty Lopez, a TSTC recruiter. “Students can get their admissions or financial aid questions answered, check out housing options and meet instructors from all of our programs.”

Visitors can take campus tours and talk to faculty members about the more than ten technical programs offered at TSTC, including Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Cyber Security, Process Operations and Software Development Technology.

“TSTC is an affordable college that caters to placing more Texans in great-paying jobs,” Lopez said. “The first step is to visit the campus.”

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 immunization, housing application and TSI scores.

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For more information, contact TSTC in Marshall at 888-382-8782.

TSTC in Marshall Receives Equipment Donations

(MARSHALL) – Texas State Technical College has recently received several financial and equipment donations to benefit students.

Komatsu in Longview has donated $45,000 in hydraulic motors, a hydraulic cooling unit and pieces of steel plate for students to use. The company specializes in manufacturing mining equipment.

“The items we use for testing cannot be sold as new pieces,” said Sean Hopkins, manager of product training and technical development at Komatsu. “We have done multiple visits at TSTC looking at the setup and thought it was a good idea to get some of our products on the benches in front of the students.”

The technical college also received in late April a John Deere bulldozer and two pieces of Cub Cadet outdoor power equipment valued around $8,500 from David Henderson of Belcher, Louisiana. This equipment will be used by TSTC’s Diesel Equipment Technology program.

“My son works there at the technical college, and he said they had a need for it,” said Henderson, a retired construction company owner. “My hope is the students will gain some valuable experience and hands-on experience so they can transfer into the real world of the job market.”

Eastman Chemical Co. in Longview recently gave $15,000 for its sponsorship program for students. Area high school seniors can receive scholarships from the company to study welding, industrial maintenance or industrial controls technology at TSTC. Recipients who maintain a high grade-point average can pursue internships at the company.

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TSTC, Marshall ISD Announce Expanded Dual Credit Initiative

(MARSHALL) – Marshall High School students will have more opportunities to take technical education classes this fall at Texas State Technical College.

Leaders from TSTC and the Marshall Independent School District announced Wednesday plans to increase technical education classes that high school students can take at the Marshall campus starting in the 2017-18 academic year. The initiative has been named Mav Tech, a combination of the high school’s Mavericks mascot and TSTC’s education focus.

“Mav Tech is long overdue,” said Dr. Jerry Gibson, superintendent of the Marshall Independent School District. “It’s an exciting day that we have this partnership with the college that is closest to our campus. Marshall High School and Marshall ISD should have, with TSTC sitting where it is, one of the largest career technical education programs in the state of Texas. And, this is going to be the first step in us building a bigger program in career and technology.”

At least 25 high school juniors and seniors are expected to take classes in Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Computer Networking and Systems Administration, Cyber Security and Software Development Technology programs this fall, said Michelle Ates, TSTC’s dual enrollment manager in Marshall.

“The students are getting a head start in the technical programs,” Ates said. “The tuition helps because it is affordable to the students.”

Marshall High School students began taking Business Management Technology and Welding Technology classes for dual credit in the 2015-16 academic year at the high school. These program offerings will continue in Mav Tech.

“Exposing students to a broader number of career options available to them gives them a greater ability to make a well-informed decision when matching a career and a higher education pathway,” TSTC in Marshall Provost Barton Day said. “I like to think of today as reaching the starting line rather than the finish line.”

TSTC in Marshall also works with several high schools in Cass, Gregg, Harrison, Marion, Upshur and Wood counties on dual enrollment. This fall, the technical college will work with the Timpson Independent School District on an early college high school initiative.

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TSTC and MISD Mav Tech April 19, 2017


TSTC Talent Search Awards Recording Contract

(STATEWIDE) – Punk rock band Punk-69 from Harlingen won Texas State Technical College’s Second Annual Talent Search, co-sponsored by Texas Music Café, with their original song Cough Syrup.

The three-man band made up of TSTC student Jose Cisneros, his brother Adrian Cisneros and family friend Ralph Lucio received a $2,500 recording contract.

“Music is in our blood,” said Adrian. “We owe this win to my grandfather and father and we hope our music is making them proud.”

Adrian’s brother mirrored the sentiment.

“Winning is just wow! There are no words,” said Jose. “This contract will skyrocket our career and we can’t wait to sePunk-69 TSTC 2017 Talent Search Winnerse where it takes us.”

The Texas Music Café finale, which airs on PBS, showcases the talents of Texas legends like Willie Nelson and rising stars like the four TSTC students from across the state who earned their spot in the finale thanks to YouTube likes from family, friends and the community.

In addition to the Cisneros brothers and Lucio, the other finalists included Jesse Guadarrama from Harlingen, Ruger Green from Marshall and Will Craig from Waco who competed for the grand prize.

All four musicians were judged by professionals in the music industry coming from places such as Hermes Music and iHeart Radio.

Executive Producer of Texas Music Café Chris Ermoian said the partnership between TSTC and the show started when TSTC Chancellor Mike Reeser approached him about hosting music events at all TSTC campuses.

“Mike wanted something fun for students on campus. Something to bring people together and music is the perfect component to do that,” said Ermoian.

Ermoian said that TSTC’s Talent Search contestants bring the combined best of what TSTC has to offer and he looks forward to next year’s competition and continued partnership with the college.

To learn how to compete in next year’s TSTC Talent Search call Student Life at 956-364-4370.


TSTC Honor Society Chapter Recognized for Membership Efforts

(MARSHALL) – The Beta Beta Phi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at Texas State Technical College was recently named a Recognizing Excellence in Acceptance and Completion with Honors, or REACH, Rewards chapter.

The REACH status is given by Phi Theta Kappa to those chapters that exhibit excellence in accepting new members. TSTC’s designation was for its 2016 membership efforts. The Marshall chapter has at least 30 members and five advisors, said Robbie Anderson, a mathematics instructor and chapter advisor.

Zachary Garner, 21, campus chapter president and a Cyber Security and Computer Networking and Systems Administration double major from Forney scheduled to graduate in May, said members learned that planning and advertising make a difference in generating interest among students. He said there was a noticeable increase in turnout for the group’s Fall Festival held late last year, compared with a barbecue fundraising event held earlier this year.

Garner added that the chapter had a total of more than $600 in revenue from the event.

The technical college’s chapter students stay visible by working with Carter BloodCare on campus blood drives and participating in citywide and campus cleanup events. Members also support the efforts of Habitat for Humanity in Marshall.

The TSTC chapter was one of more than 400 Phi Theta Kappa-affiliated chapters to attain REACH status this year, with more than 30 of them being in Texas. Some of the benefits of the designation include scholarship opportunities for members and chapters receiving free Phi Theta Kappa graduation stoles.

“Students who are involved in Phi Theta Kappa have many opportunities that can affect their lives in different ways,” said Garner. “Students have the chance to build their leadership skills through taking the lead in club committees and stepping into an officer position.”

Phi Theta Kappa members must have at least a 3.5 GPA and have taken at least 12 semester credit hours.



TSTC Lends Support to Annual Marshall Chamber Banquet

(MARSHALL) –The Texas State Technical College Foundation is solidifying a relationship with the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce by serving as a dinner sponsor for the organization’s annual banquet.

The event, with the theme “There’s No Place Like Home,” will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7, at the Marshall Convention Center on East End Boulevard South in Marshall. Chamber leaders will announce the Citizen of the Year and Ambassador of the Year and celebrate the work and progress of businesses in Harrison County.

TSTC in Marshall Provost Barton Day is the chamber’s chair-elect of the Board of Directors for 2018, and Jessica Ford, a field development officer for The TSTC Foundation, is a chamber ambassador. TSTC is a chamber member.

“The chamber is here to enlist the help of industries, retail and wholesale businesses, even our professional services and citizens, to make sure we all play a part as stakeholders in the economic development of our community and Harrison County,” said Stormy Nickerson, the chamber’s executive director.

Nickerson has personal experience with TSTC. One of her sons is a Biomedical Equipment Technology graduate and another son is scheduled to graduate in the same program this spring. Her husband, Brian Nickerson, is an instructor in the technical college’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program.

“TSTC is in the market of placing individuals for quality employment after they graduate,” Nickerson said. “We appreciate elements of their programs, like the Money-Back Guarantee. They are making a bold and brave statement to train people to move forward in the work environment. We need all the relationships with higher education. It’s vital we have the jobs to boost our industrial community, and TSTC helps us get there.”

Lewis Engineering Co. on East Houston Street in Marshall is an active chamber member. Adam Hopkins, the firm’s quality manager, graduated in 2011 from TSTC with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design.

Hopkins, 28, a Marshall native and graduate of Texas Early College High School, said he has been fortunate to be able to stay close to family throughout his career.

“I think it’s awesome to have a technical college here that offers those skills that are in demand here in the region,” Hopkins said.



TSTC Electrical Lineworker Technology Program a Source for Area Power Providers

(MARSHALL) – Area electrical providers continue searching for qualified workers to replace an aging workforce. Texas State Technical College stands ready to fill the void.

Students in TSTC’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program prepare for the field by taking classes in electrical calculations, live line safety, distribution operations, electrical theory and testing, along with other topics. The program had more than 20 graduates in 2016.

“For the right person who is dedicated to entering the industry, the possibilities of employment are almost endless,” said Eric Carithers, TSTC’s statewide department chair for Electrical Distribution and Industrial Systems. “Our students coming through the program are challenged with real-life scenarios that they will most certainly encounter when they go into industry.”

Texas had more than 10,900 electrical power line repairers and installers — the most in the nation — earning an annual mean wage of $53,780 as of May 2015, according to recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Woodlands-Houston-Sugar Land and Dallas-Plano-Irving areas had the largest concentration of lineworkers in Texas, with more than 4,600 as of May 2015, according to the labor statistics bureau.

The number of electrical lineworkers in Texas is expected to grow to 13,780 by 2024, according to, a clearinghouse of national and state job market predictions.

The Panola-Harrison Electric Cooperative in Marshall services customers in Harrison and Panola counties in Texas and Caddo and DeSoto parishes in Louisiana. The cooperative has more than 30 employees servicing more than 13,600 commercial and residential members.

“We have had good success in recent years hiring young linemen,” said Kathy Wood, a general manager at the electric cooperative. “We have quite a bit of people that apply to work for Panola-Harrison. Our culture here is different than an investor-owned company. We are small and more family-oriented. We have hired TSTC linemen in the past.”

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) based in Shreveport, Louisiana is one of seven regional electric utilities for Ohio-based American Electric Power. The company has recruited several TSTC graduates for jobs in power plant operations, maintenance, instrumentation and electrical work. SWEPCO provides electrical services to several counties in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

“Our economy depends on electricity — there can’t be water supplies, information technologies or even health care without it,” said SWEPCO President and Chief Executive Officer Venita McCellon-Allen. “With a local economy fueled by electricity, there is a need for highly skilled craft jobs and apprentice linemen programs to feed this growth. And with the average age of a utility lineman at 50 years old, this intersection of growth and an aging workforce has presented us some challenges to providing skilled lineworkers for today and the future.”

SWEPCO contributed $350,000 in early 2008 to help start the Electrical Lineworker Technology program at TSTC. The Marshall Economic Development Corporation donated five acres for the technical college’s outdoor Electrical Lineworker Technology training lab in 2009.

Carithers said plans are being developed to have students learn CPR/first aid and earn traffic control certifications.

TSTC students can graduate with the associate degree or certificate in Electrical Lineworker Technology and have 30 hours of Occupational Safety and Health Administration training.

“TSTC makes our communities strong and vibrant through valuable skills training and workforce development,” McCellon-Allen said.

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TSTC Leads Excel Training at Norbord

(MARSHALL) – Norbord employees in Jefferson are taking advantage of a component of Texas State Technical College: workforce development.

Twelve employees attended two trainings in late January and early February to learn basic Excel at the company’s training center. Future trainings are planned for the computer spreadsheet program developed by Microsoft.

“We wanted to use Excel more efficiently to give us better understanding of data to support the business,” said David Golden, human resources manager at the Norbord Jefferson plant.

The course was taught by Carolyn O’Neill, an instructor in the Professional Office Technology program at TSTC. She taught company employees how to create spreadsheets, enter text and numbers, format cells, spell check, print and create charts.

“Excel is used in every business I have ever had contact with, from large to small,” O’Neill said. “It is a software application that many people do not know, so having knowledge of how to use it can be a big plus when applying for a job. Excel has the ability to do many mathematical functions. With the ability to add charts, it is also a very good visual aid when trying to show complex data.”

This is the first time the company and the technical college have partnered on training. The training came about after company leaders did a skills assessment of workers.

Norbord is based in Toronto, Canada, and is a global manufacturer of wood-based panels, particleboard, oriented strand board and medium-density fiberboard. The company has 2,600 employees at 17 plants in Canada, Europe and the United States. The Jefferson plant has 110 employees, some of whom are TSTC graduates working as millwrights and electricians.

Marshall Norbord training



TSTC Biomedical Equipment Technology Programs Teach Students to Defend Security

(WACO) – The United States healthcare system has been targeted this year as having a high vulnerability for cyberattacks because of advanced network connectivity for equipment and data, according to a nationwide healthcare technology organization.

Texas State Technical College’s Biomedical Equipment Technology programs in Harlingen, Marshall and Waco train students to fight off hackers trying to get into critical medical systems.

“We teach them the basics of how to learn what the hackers know,” said Garrett Seeley, associate professor in the Biomedical Equipment Technology program at TSTC in Waco. “We show students how hackers communicate with each other and let people know what they know.”

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation is a nonprofit organization that released this month its AAMI Pulse: Cybersecurity survey, which included responses from 118 nationwide information technology and healthcare technology management workers. The survey found that about 75 percent of participants thought their medical facilities could react quickly to a cyberattack, while 9 percent of people thought cyber security was considered a low priority in their workplaces.

“The best way to predict is to communicate,” Seeley said. “Hospitals are trying to shoulder the burden.”

Malware is considered one of the main tools to infiltrate hospital security systems, according to the association and the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology. Malware can find its way into network-connected and configured medical devices, smartphones, tablets, implanted patient devices and records systems.

Seeley said it is not specific equipment that people try to disrupt – it is the technology system that ties everything together. He said the goal for hackers is to bring networks down and cause disruptions.

“People are remarkable in that they can find loopholes that you don’t know exist,” he said.

The Food and Drug Administration has also found in recent years that the unauthorized sharing of passwords enables people to undertake cyberattacks.

The need for medical equipment repairers to keep technological systems secure in Texas is expected to grow through 2024 from at least 2,600 workers to a projected 3,300 employees, according to, a clearinghouse of short-term and long-term state labor market predictions.

Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas has hired several of TSTC’s Biomedical Equipment Technology graduates.

“The TSTC program is probably the strongest, in my opinion, in the state of Texas,” said Carol L. Wyatt, director of Healthcare Technology Management for BSW’s Northern Region in McKinney. “The graduates we have hired at BSW, in my experience, are ready to hit the floor running. That is exactly what we need – a good foundation. When they come in, we ‘Baylorize’ them and teach them how to use our database and how to be good BSW employees.”

Cyber security plays a critical role in medical equipment security at the sprawling healthcare system spread throughout North and Central Texas. Staff members also consider who emails are being sent and forwarded to as part of security.

“They (biomedical equipment technology workers) have to make sure all patient information is secure and the equipment is secure, whether with a password, a firewall or physical cables,” Wyatt said. “It’s part of our responsibility in the management of maintenance of medical equipment that it is taken care of.”

There are eight two-year programs for Biomedical Equipment Technology in Texas, according to the AAMI. TSTC offers the Associate of Applied Science degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology in Harlingen, Marshall and Waco. The Waco campus also has the Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Imaging Systems Technology.

“A two-year technical degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology with added Information Technology certifications may provide graduates with an earning potential equal to or greater than that of many four-year degrees at much less cost and time spent in the classroom,” said Nicholas Cram, associate professor and lead instructor in the Biomedical Equipment Technology and Process Operations Technology programs at TSTC in Marshall. “The workforce landscape has radically changed in healthcare technology over the last 10 years and will continue to change in the future.”

One of the courses that TSTC’s Biomedical Equipment Technology majors take is Medical Equipment Networks.

“As a biomedical equipment technician, you are responsible for maintaining, calibrating and troubleshooting problems related to all of the medical devices in the hospital,” said Cram. “With expanded and immersive capabilities of healthcare networks, it is common to have medical devices providing physicians with ‘real-time’ physiological data. Biomeds need to understand this aspect of the data flow if problems occur. It is an extension of the medical device troubleshooting process.”

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Longview Company Donates Equipment to TSTC

(MARSHALL) – J-W Power Co. in Longview recently made its second donation of equipment this year to Texas State Technical College.

The donation is valued at about $71,000 and includes square tubing, steel pipes, steel plates, check valves, hydraulic pumps, motors, solar panels, an automated plasma cutter and a welding machine. The items will be used for teaching purposes by the technical college’s Diesel Equipment Technology, Welding Technology, Computer Aided Manufacturing and Industrial Maintenance programs.

“We have written this obsolete inventory off, but we are glad it can be repurposed by a college that can put it to good use,” said David Ramaly, plant manager at J-W Power Co. “It will provide usable inventory goods that will be used by students for many years to come. I am so glad we can help TSTC and its students with this donation.”

The company sells, leases and services standard and custom natural gas compression equipment and has the largest privately owned compression fleet in the United States.

The company donated this summer a Waukesha six-cylinder natural gas engine valued at $12,500, along with its parts book and instruction manual. The industrial engine is used in the field as a generator operated off natural compressed gas. The engine went to TSTC’s Diesel Equipment Technology program.

“It is good for companies not only to make donations such as these to help keep us updated with technology, but also to give us a better understanding of the equipment they are using,” said Edward Chaney, lead instructor in the Diesel Equipment Technology and Industrial Maintenance programs at TSTC. “By knowing their equipment, we can introduce our students to the different technologies that are being used today. These donations also help us to build relationships with industry partners for placing our students.”

For more information on how to make a cash or equipment donation to TSTC, contact The TSTC Foundation at 254-867-3900.