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TSTC Student Q&A with Andrew Hebron of Arlington

(RED OAK) – Andrew Hebron, 21, of Arlington is a Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology major at Texas State Technical College in North Texas.

Hebron is a 2013 graduate of Juan Seguin High School in Arlington, where he was in the Chess Club and played trumpet in the band program. The high school is a Texas Project Lead the Way campus for engineering and biomedical science course sequences.

He is scheduled to graduate from TSTC in spring 2018.

Does working in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields run in your family? “My brother is working in engineering and my father works in information technology.”

How did you discover TSTC? “Research. My family and I found the Waco campus after I graduated from high school. Then, we heard about the North Texas campus.”

How have your experiences been attending TSTC in North Texas? “I like the family environment. The instructors are good at what they do.”

How did you become interested in Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology? “I did Texas Project Lead the Way classes in high school. I took computer aided drafting and design technology and also a class in electronic current boards. I did soldering and designing and discovered real quick it was not for me. I am more of the drafting side.”

What advice would you give to prospective students? “Look at your learning type. I learn best by doing and watching.”

What do you like to do when you are not studying or working? “I enjoy music, calligraphy, woodworking and playing the organ. I started playing the trumpet in the sixth grade. I use a portable joystick and play flying simulations on my laptop. The simulator I play has the ability to follow real weather patterns. It’s my stress relief.”

Architectural, civil, electrical and mechanical drafting are some of the career fields that Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology majors can pursue. The Woodlands – Houston – Sugar Land and Dallas – Plano – Irving metropolitan areas have the highest concentrations of drafters in Texas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, the state has more than 1,900 people working in drafting fields.

Registration for fall semester is taking place now, with two special Registration Rally events planned from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on July 13 and Aug. 8 at TSTC in North Texas.

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TSTC Student Q&A with Marco Rico of Haltom City

(RED OAK) – Marco Rico, 20, of Haltom City is an Electrical Power and Controls major at Texas State Technical College in North Texas and is scheduled to graduate in spring 2018.

Rico is a 2015 graduate of Richland High School in North Richland Hills, where he was a defensive end on the soccer team.

How did you learn about Texas State Technical College? “My friend’s brother went to TSTC in Waco and graduated from there. I started off in Waco and transferred to the North Texas campus. This is my first semester in North Texas.”

How did you become interested in studying Electrical Power and Controls? “I work for an industrial and commercial electrical company at night and know the field has good money. I have learned a good bit in this program. I’m more of a hands-on learner. My favorite class has been Motor Controls. I like the field because you are indoors and using your head.”

What are your career plans after graduation? “I would like to move up in my work and stay in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”

What advice would you give to high school students who are thinking about higher education? “I would not want them to wait a year after graduating from high school to decide to go to college like I did.”

What do you like about living in the Fort Worth area? “It’s good because you are around everything you know. I like to go to the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys games.”

What is your favorite soccer team? “Real Madrid.”

TSTC in North Texas will host summer Registration Rally events from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 20, July 13 and Aug. 8 for prospective students to enroll for the fall semester.

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TSTC Student Q&A with Amariya Taylor of Dallas

(RED OAK) – Amariya Taylor, 20, of Dallas is a Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology major at Texas State Technical College in North Texas scheduled to graduate with an associate degree in spring 2018.

She is a 2015 graduate of Skyline High School in Dallas, where she was in the National Honor Society and played volleyball.

How did you learn about Texas State Technical College? “I was originally going to school for prelaw, but one of my teachers said I was good at mathematics and said I should go somewhere else for college. My godfather heard about the technical college from a friend. I visited the campus first and then applied.”

How did you become interested in Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology? “I like designing and I’m very creative. This is a program where you can design and create, and I have the software programs to do it. It was great once I got adjusted to the work.”

What is your plan for after graduation? “I want to go to work, but I also want to get a bachelor’s degree in engineering or architecture.”

What advice would you give to high school students thinking about attending college? “If you declare a major and then change it, you are starting all over. You have to stay on top of the financial information and not turn your work in at the last minute. You have to talk to your success coach.”

What do you like to do away from classes and studying? “I like to work out at the gym. I go to church and like to take part in church activities. I enjoy going to museums and amusement parks.”

Some of the careers that students who study Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology can pursue include architectural drafting, civil drafting, electrical drafting, architecture and computer engineering, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

TSTC in North Texas will host summer Registration Rally events from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 20, July 13 and Aug. 8 for prospective students to enroll for the fall semester.

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TSTC in North Texas to Host Registration Events This Summer

(RED OAK) – Texas State Technical College in North Texas will have three Registration Rally events this summer at the campus on North Lowrance Road in Red Oak.

The activities will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 20, July 13 and Aug. 8.

“We are excited to host incoming students who are completing the registration process,” said TSTC Provost Marcus Balch. “Registration Rally days are set up to make the registration process as smooth as possible. Snacks, lunch and drinks will also be available that day.”

Visitors can take campus tours and talk to faculty members about the 10 technical programs offered at the North Texas campus, including Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Cyber Security and Welding.

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 summer. For information on the closest Registration Rally, log on to

For more information, contact TSTC in North Texas at 972-617-4040.

TSTC Holds Spring Commencement in Waco

(WACO) – More than 550 graduates received certificates and associate degrees at Texas State Technical College’s Spring 2017 Commencement held Monday, May 1, at the Waco Convention Center.

Students from TSTC’s campuses in Waco, Williamson County, North Texas and Fort Bend County took part in the ceremony. The Waco campus had 495 graduates, Williamson County had 48 graduates, North Texas had 15 graduates and Fort Bend County had one graduate.

Many of the graduates already have jobs and are ready to work.

Kody Teague, 20, of Rockdale and a graduate of Caldwell High School, received an associate degree in Electrical Power and Controls. He will start work soon as a relay technician at Power Grid Engineering LLC in Dallas.

“It feels pretty good at 20 making good money,” Teague said. “It’s not too bad.”

Teague said attending TSTC gave him the opportunity to meet new friends who share his interests and to learn life lessons.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” he said.

Matthew Warrington, 21, of Corsicana received associate degrees in Diesel Equipment Technology Heavy Truck Specialization and Off-Highway Specialization. He will begin work this month at Waukesha-Pearce Industries in Pflugerville.

“I had fun and made a lot of friends,” Warrington said. “I liked the hands-on classes.”

TSTC had more than 1,200 graduates this spring across the state and has graduated more than 100,000 students in its more than 50-year history.

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Midlothian Economic Staff Visits TSTC

(RED OAK) – Members of Midlothian Economic Development recently toured Texas State Technical College in North Texas to learn about technical education.

“The short drive to the facility is a value to our existing industry and new businesses looking to expand to Midlothian,” said Larry S. Barnett, president and chief executive officer of Midlothian Economic Development, the city’s growth and economic arm. “Having the hands-on equipment in the machine shops and qualified program leaders brings credibility for economic development as we demonstrate the ongoing efforts to educate the workforce and provide a trained workforce to industry.”

Some of Midlothian’s industries focus on steel manufacturing, retail distribution, cement production and auto processing.

“Midlothian Economic Development relies on training through the Skills Development Fund to benefit both existing and new companies,” Barnett said. “Our goal is to expand the use of these funds to more industry, and TSTC will play an important role in this effort.”

Midlothian and TSTC have forged a valuable alliance in Ellis County.

Gerdau Ameristeel on Ward Road is one of the city’s largest employers. The company sends workers to study industrial maintenance at the Red Oak campus. And, Midlothian High School students have visited the campus in the past for Program Highlight Day.

“Our ultimate goal is to place more Texans, and working closely with organizations like Midlothian Economic Development helps us accomplish that,” said Jessica Ford, a field development officer for The TSTC Foundation. “A strong, skilled and highly trained workforce is a key component to economic growth, so we are hoping to be able to work closely with all the economic development councils to build the workforce they need for their local economies.”

Midlothian had at least 22,000 residents in 2015, with more than 90 percent of them having at least a high school diploma, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. About 70 percent of the civilian labor force is 16 and older, according to the census bureau. The city’s median household income was $74,881 as of 2015, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.



TSTC Receives Money For New HVAC Scholarship

(RED OAK) – The Texas Air Conditioning Contractors Association has given financial support to students for Texas State Technical College in North Texas’ Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program.

The Austin-based nonprofit trade association has given $10,000 to the HVAC program for scholarships and plans to contribute more money later this year. The money creates the TACCA Presidential Scholarship that will go to TSTC in North Texas HVAC students.

“Our organization has been a supporter of TSTC for years, and we have had numerous members of our board of directors that have sat on the HVAC programs at TSTC all across Texas,” said Todd McAlister, the association’s executive director.

Stephen Pape, executive director of student learning at TSTC, is an association board member.

“Air conditioning is a good industry for students who want to work with their hands and have a good mechanical aptitude,” Pape said. “You are not stuck behind a desk and you get outside. People are appreciative of your work. You get immediate feedback on the quality of your work.”

TSTC’s HVAC program began in fall 2014 and graduated its first students in 2016. There are more than 30 students in the program for the spring semester. The program teaches students to work in residential and commercial environments.

“What are we are trying to do is place students with contractors and get them some hands-on experience, and that means the upper-level students are taking more evening classes than they are during the day so they can work,” Pape said.

Texas had more than 21,000 heating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers with an annual mean wage of $42,830 in May 2015, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Woodlands-Houston-Sugar Land area had about 5,400 workers and the Dallas-Plano-Irving area had more than 3,800 employees in the field in May 2015, making them the areas with the largest concentration of HVAC workers in Texas, according to the labor statistics bureau.

The trade association was founded in 1969 and is made up of more than 500 members of the state’s HVAC industry. The group’s focus is on HVAC advocacy and education.

“Air conditioning is one of the most important items you need, whether it is residential or commercial,” McAlister said. “Unfortunately, our industry is one that has an aging workforce. The average age of an HVAC technician is 55. So, we need the younger generation to come into the industry, and obviously things like scholarships and other opportunities that help fund somebody is something we think is vital. It is important to have programs like TSTC as just one of the many avenues to get the younger people in our industry.”

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TSTC Courses for Red Oak Students to be Featured This Week at Meetings

(RED OAK) – Red Oak High School students and parents can learn about dual enrollment offerings, including those from Texas State Technical College in North Texas, this week at two special information meetings.

The Red Oak Independent School District will host Dual Credit/Advanced Placement Parents Night meetings at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Thursday, Jan. 26 at the high school at 220 Texas Highway 342 in Red Oak.

“In Red Oak, we are committed to preparing students for the world they will enter after graduation,” said Brenda Flowers, Red Oak’s deputy superintendent and chief academic officer. “Dual credit and college programs can prepare the students to go straight into a college or go into a career.”

Students who will be sophomores, juniors and seniors in the 2017-18 academic year can take dual credit classes in Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair and Visual Communications Technology – Design Specialization Technology. Students can also take classes in programs that TSTC in North Texas offers: Computer Aided Drafting and Design Technology; Computer Networking and Systems Administration; Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology and Welding Technology.

“Some of these programs will be taught by credentialed instructors at the high school and for some programs, the students will come to TSTC for on-site instruction,” said Kori Bowen, interim director of dual enrollment at TSTC.

Flowers said flexible scheduling between the high school and TSTC enables students to walk to and from the campuses to take classes.

“It is a very unique partnership because very few school districts in the state have a full college campus adjacent,” Flowers said.

Career and technical courses are a school-wide effort. The high school has about 1,800 students in grades 9 to 12.

“As part of our graduation plan, everyone takes a career and technical class,” Flowers said.

Red Oak High School students will begin advising and registering for next year’s classes in February.

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TSTC Campuses Hold Fall Commencement

(WACO) – More than 480 graduates received certificates and associate degrees at Texas State Technical College’s Fall 2016 Commencement held Friday, Dec. 9, at the Waco Convention Center.

Students from TSTC’s campuses in Waco, Williamson County, North Texas and Fort Bend County took part in the ceremony. The Waco campus had 449 graduates, Williamson County had 19 graduates, North Texas had 18 graduates and Fort Bend County had two graduates.

Many of the graduates either have jobs or career offers.

Hobie Horrell, 20, of Edgewood graduated with an associate degree in Diesel Equipment Technology. He described his new job working on diesel equipment at Autoworks Sales and Service in Edgewood as a good opportunity to work in his hometown.

“It feels good to get my life started being that I’m 20,” Horrell said.

Salvador Ceja, 20, of Mansfield said he was excited to receive his associate degree in Diesel Equipment Technology. He will soon start a job at Warner Enterprises Inc. in Dallas.

“It has been awesome at TSTC,” Ceja said. “You get to make some good money in my field.”

Some graduates are still making plans.

Ty Webb, 20, of Corpus Christi graduated with two associate degrees in Instrumentation Technology and Electrical Power and Controls. He chose the fields to study because of his relatives’ work. Webb said his time at TSTC was a challenge but one he enjoyed. The Tuloso-Midway High School graduate said he is job hunting but also thinking about pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

TSTC had more than 900 graduates this fall across the state.

TSTC has graduated more than 100,000 students in its history.

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Veteran to Graduate from TSTC with New Career

chris-sheehan(RED OAK) – When hundreds of thousands lost their oil field jobs in 2015, Texas State Technical College Logistics student Chris Sheehan was no different. The army veteran had worked off the coast in the oil industry for 12 years and found himself looking for employment.

“I went and talked to a counselor, and they mentioned this great school — TSTC in North Texas — and asked if I wanted to go have a look, maybe start a new career,” Sheehan said. “So that’s exactly what I did. I went to talk to the instructors and I really liked the school. I could see opportunity in the field.”

Sheehan was chosen to complete an internship with Walmart, working at their distribution center in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“It’s because of TSTC that I was selected to attend the internship with Walmart,” he said. “It was highly competitive. I was competing against students from Baylor, TCU and UT. They only select a handful of people to attend — one person per distribution center. ”

The experience gave Sheehan a look into the world of logistics.

“You don’t have squadrons of interns walking around serving coffee; you actually get to know the job,” Sheehan said. “They give you the opportunity to see what you can produce. Typically 90 percent of the people that intern are offered a job. Because you’ve already been selected to attend the internship, they already know they want you to work for them. They just wanted to see if you fit with the organization, their values and everything else.”

After completing his internship, Sheehan was offered a position as area manager. He began working at the Walmart distribution center in Terrell, Texas, in September.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity,” Sheehan said. “It’s a challenge. It’s a great stepping stone into the field of logistics. You’ll learn a lot from this company. I like the potential.”

Sheehan credits his instructors with helping him get to where he is.

“I liked the fact that the instructors are willing to work with you,” he said. “I could not have done this without them. Being able to work full time and go to school full time, there’s no way. TSTC was more than willing to help me because they realized that this was a really good opportunity.”

Friday, Sheehan will join 17 other TSTC in North Texas students in receiving their diplomas at the commencement ceremony in Waco. The ceremony, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will be held at the Waco Convention Center in downtown Waco.

According to O*NET OnLine, Texas expects a 16 percent increase in jobs for logisticians over the next eight years. TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Logistics exclusively at the North Texas campus.

TSTC offers specialized, hands-on instructional courses leading to Associate of Applied Science degrees and Certificates of Completion in areas such as computer-aided drafting and design, cyber security, diesel equipment technology, HVAC technology, welding and more.

Across Texas, TSTC has more than 900 candidates for graduation this semester and is enrolling now for spring 2017. To apply, visit

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What: Texas State Technical College Fall Commencement Ceremony
When: Friday, Dec. 9, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Waco Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue, Waco