Navy veteran on voyage toward two TSTC degrees

(ROSENBERG, Texas) – After serving his country for nearly 10 years in the U.S. Navy, Richard Gabriel Garcia took on a new role as a student at Texas State Technical College. The Houston native is getting ready to wrap up his time in the Electrical Power and Controls program, and he is ready to dive right into another educational adventure.

Why did you decide to study at TSTC?

I wanted to work with my hands. One interest led to another, and I found myself looking into the electrical field.

What are you currently studying?

I am currently in my last semester for the Electrical Power and Controls program, and I am getting ready to start the Robotics Technology program.

Do you have a favorite TSTC memory?

Realizing that I did not miss the boat on my education has been a great thing to look back on. Starting school from scratch in your 30s is quite daunting. But with the right support system, I realized I could apply myself and still work a full-time schedule.

What do you think makes TSTC unique?

The small class sizes are very beneficial. I have been fortunate to have both Mr. (Robert) Shields and Mr. (Jonathan) Bonkoske, who are Electrical Power and Control instructors, always be willing and able to provide much-needed one-on-one guidance.

Do you have any advice for other veterans who might be considering enrolling at TSTC?

It’s never too late; there’s no judgement. And the benefits of the GI Bill are tremendous.

To learn more about opportunities available for veterans at TSTC, visit tstc.edu/veterans.