Texas State Technical College grads narrow state skills gap

Employers nationwide are struggling to fill open positions because they can’t find enough skilled workers, and Texas is no exception.

Texas State Technical College is narrowing this “skills gap” by supplying the state’s workforce with highly skilled graduates — and it has been doing so for the past 50 years. Since its founding, TSTC has awarded more than 100,000 certificates and associate degrees to graduates across our great state, an impact that has been life-changing and far-reaching. Our graduates are Texas — people like Katelyn Bateman, Elliot Bermudez, Monique Cavazos, Denzel Gore, Nat Lopez, Edna Posada and Dr. Jesus Rodriguez.

TSTC offers more than 70 programs statewide. Its 10 campuses, many of which are conveniently situated near leading centers of industry, are located in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Fort Bend County, Harlingen, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater, Waco and Williamson County.

To ensure that its graduates have the skills needed to match workforce needs, TSTC works closely with industry leaders, many of whom serve on program advisory committees. In fact, more than 900 industry leaders serve as advisors on TSTC curriculum, which is regularly modified and updated to meet the constantly changing needs of industry.

TSTC is so confident in the quality of its technical education programs that it now guarantees its graduates will find a job within six months of graduation — or their money back.

The premise is simple: Get a degree, get a job, or get a refund.

TSTC is one of only a handful of colleges in the United States offering a money-back guarantee for certain degrees, and we’re not aware of another college in Texas offering one.

Students may apply to participate in the Money-Back Guarantee program as part of TSTC’s Get-a-Job program during their first semester at school. Graduates earning associate degrees in welding, instrumentation, electrical lineworker, diesel equipment, and electrical power and controls programs may be eligible for refunds if they fail to find jobs in six months.

Lynda Lopez, Texas State Technical College

Lynda Lopez, Executive Director-Communication of TSTC. Since 1965, Texas State Technical College has graduated more than 100,000 skilled technicians to help build a stronger Texas workforce. Our grads are Texas.