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Mark Your Calendar: TSTC Registration Rally on Nov. 28

November 20, 2017

(SWEETWATER) – Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater will host a Registration Rally on Tuesday, Nov. 28 – all part of an effort to make the registration process as easy as possible for incoming students.   

Recruiting and Admissions staff will be on standby to walk students through the registration process. They will also offer tours and help with applications.

The Registration Rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Sears Building. Attendees will be able to meet with faculty, learn more about the different technologies offered at the Sweetwater campus and tour the facilities.

In addition to Recruiting and Admissions; personnel from Financial Aid, Testing, Student Success and Veteran Services will be available to answer questions and lend a helping hand. Prospective students will be able to learn all about resources available to them.

Prospective students who need help finalizing their registration are encouraged to bring the following: copy of driver’s license, high school transcript or GED, any college transcripts, proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination, housing application and TSI scores.

For more information on the Registration Rally, go to www.tstc.edu/rally.

 

Mark Your Calendar: TSTC Registration Rally on Nov. 29

November 20, 2017

(ABILENE) – Texas State Technical College in Abilene will host a Registration Rally on Wednesday, Nov. 29 – all part of an effort to make the registration process as easy as possible for incoming students.

 

Recruiting and Admissions staff will be on standby to walk students through the registration process. They will also offer tours and help with applications.

 

The Registration Rally will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the main campus. Attendees will be able to meet with faculty, learn more about the different technologies offered at the Abilene campus and tour the facilities.

 

In addition to Recruiting and Admissions; personnel from Financial Aid, Testing, Student Success and Veteran Services will be available to answer questions and lend a helping hand. Prospective students will be able to learn all about resources available to them.

 

Students who need help finalizing their registration are encouraged to bring the following: copy of driver’s license, high school transcript or GED, any college transcripts, proof of bacterial meningitis vaccination and TSI scores.

 

For more information on the Registration Rally, go to www.tstc.edu/rally.

Employee Spotlight: Myra Deleon

November 20, 2017

(HARLINGEN) – Myra Deleon, a coordinator for the department of Workforce Training and Continuing Education, has been a part of the Texas State Technical College team for 16 years and it is her devotion, compassion and will to lend a helping hand that has earned her the honor of being named December’s Employee Spotlight.

“Receiving this award was a big surprise for me. I was not expecting it,” she said. “I’m truly honored and thankful. It’s a great feeling to know that the work I do is appreciated and makes a difference. It encourages me to keep doing what I’m doing.”

Before becoming a full-time employee at TSTC, Deleon was a student at the college pursuing an associate degree to become an administrative assistant and a work study in the continuing education department.

“I arrived at TSTC and never left,” Deleon said with a laugh. “This college has become my second home and family. I love it here.”

After graduating in 2001, she accepted a job offer at the college as a department secretary for continuing education. She also served as a proctor and manager for the testing center, before returning to her initial department as an administrative assistant, a project manager and most recently a coordinator.Myra Deleon

“TSTC has been a journey and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me here,” she said.

The San Benito native said she hopes to continue growing the department. She aims to create more programs to give students and employers more training options.

“My goal is to continue working closely with my team in strengthening our department, making our programs stronger while making a positive impact in students’ lives,” she added.

It is this enthusiasm for her work and TSTC’s students that her colleagues say set her apart.

“Myra has been a faithful team member to the continuing education department for more than a decade,” said one comment printed on her employee spotlight certificate.

Another read, “She is always willing to help her teammates and always looking for ways to not only improve our department’s productivity, but to also build a nurturing environment and bring our team members together.”

Lastly, “She has such a compassionate heart towards our students, fellow co-workers and everyone she interacts with. She is always smiling and making people laugh while still getting her job done. She is an amazing team member.”

Deleon said she works hard for TSTC because it works hard for her.

“As employees, TSTC gives us so many opportunities,” she said. “From supporting our educational goals to giving us room to grow, TSTC is there encouraging us every step of the way.”

In the spring, Deleon is set to attend Wayland University through TSTC’s University Center, to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Deleon said she would like to give a big thank you not only to her colleagues for the nomination, but to her husband, who is also a TSTC alumnus and her two daughters for always supporting her.

TSTC Hosts Local Authors

November 20, 2017

TSTC Texas Writers Exhibit

(HARLINGEN) – The Humanities and Arts Department at Texas State Technical College recently hosted local authors and poets, many from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, at writing forums open to students, faculty, staff and the community.

Authors and poets who participated in the forums were: San Benito Writers Forum members Enriqueta Ramos, Beto Conde and TSTC Physics Instructor Jose Alvarez, UTRGV Professor of Creative Writing Dr. Elvia Ardalani, UTRGV Professor Emeritus in History Dr. Manuel Medrano, UTRGV Professor of Communications Dr. William Strong.

The forums were in conjunction with the Texas Writers Exhibit, which has been at the TSTC J. Gilbert Leal Learning Resource Center for the past month, thanks in part to a $1,000 grant from Humanities Texas.

This was the exhibit’s first time in the Rio Grande Valley and focused on the vitality and breadth of creative writing in Texas from the mid-twentieth century to the turn of the twenty-first century to present day.

“We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to celebrate the humanities and arts with our students and the community,” said Dr. Richard Kirk, TSTC social and behavioral science and humanities professor. “This exhibit brought awareness to the transcultural contributions made to Texas literature.”

Student Success Profile – Melissa Lerma

November 20, 2017

(HARLINGEN) – Melissa LermaMelissa Lerma is a Surgical Technology student at Texas State Technical College and will receive her associate degree Summer 2018. She already has an associate degree from TSTC in Biology, which she earned in 2016.

The 20-year-old is also active on campus and with her church. Despite her demanding class schedule, she volunteers with her church delivering food and hosting food drives, in addition to fundraising with the TSTC Surgical Technology Club in order to attend the Association of Surgical Technologists annual conference.  She is currently the club’s secretary.

The Weslaco native said she has always been fascinated with the human anatomy and how it works so she is glad that TSTC had just the right program for her.

What are your plans after graduation?

My goal is to get hired at a Valley hospital before even graduating and being able to start my career. I will also continue my education to become a Certified Surgical First Assistant and a Licensed Surgical Assistant.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to become a Licensed Surgical Assistant and be the surgeon second hand in the operating room.

What has been your greatest accomplishment while at TSTC?

My greatest accomplishments while at TSTC were earning my first associate degree in Biology and being admitted into the Surgical Technology program. It’s very competitive and I was one of only 19 who got accepted.

What greatest lesson have you learned about yourself or life?

The greatest lesson I have learned is to always have a positive attitude. I can honestly say that when I started looking at things positively and ignoring negativity, my life changed for the better.

Who at TSTC has had the greatest influence on your success?

My Psychology Instructor Frank Coronado is the person who helped me see life from a different perspective. I was unsure of my path or passion before his class, but then I had an ‘aha’ moment and I started being more positive, getting A’s in my classes, building  stronger relationships and finding my passion.

What is your advice for future TSTC students?

My advice for future TSTC students is to always maintain a positive and good attitude, look on the bright side of things and never give up.

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