(HUTTO) – Fifty graduates received certificates and associate degrees at Texas State Technical College’s Fall 2018 Commencement held Friday, Dec. 7, at the East Williamson County Higher Education Center in Hutto.
Former Texas Rep. Larry Gonzales was the guest speaker and talked about the graduates’ decision to pursue a technical education and their importance to the Texas economy.
Many of the graduates already have jobs.
Stuart G. McLennan IV, 38, of Georgetown received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Cyber Security and began work earlier this year as a TSTC instructor. Although still a student, McLennan taught some of the same cyber security classes he had already taken.
“It will be nice to be done with the student side and done with exams and instead give them,” he said.
McLennan earned a bachelor’s degree in computer programming several years ago but had difficulty finding work in the Killeen area. He decided to go back to college to expand his knowledge.
“I have always been interested in the computer area,” he said.
Some graduates are continuing their job search.
Joseph Hartman, 20, of Jarrell received a certificate in Cyber Security. He said he was inspired to study the field after doing research while a student at Jarrell High School, where he graduated in 2017.
“Coming here was a lot cheaper than going to a big university,” he said.
His future plans are to pursue an associate degree, earn industry certifications and look for jobs in the Austin area.
“I really want to start making money,” he said.
TSTC has more than 900 students graduating this fall across the state.
For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.