Five technical programs from Texas State Technical College were recently recognized by the Office of the Governor of the Texas Workforce Investment Council at a ceremony in Austin.
Associate degree programs in Applied Science for Biomedical Equipment Technology, Power Lineman Technology, Process Operations, Solar Power Technology, and Wind Power Technology have been recognized for having merged industry-defined skill standards into hands-on learning.
âTo be recognized by TWIC is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of the program leaders and instructors,â said Tony Abad, TSTC Board Member. âThe best part is that the students are the real winners. “
With TSTC students learning skill standards, the programs meet the needs of employers in the state by creating a competitive workforce, according to TWIC.
Mark Plow, the TSTC’s state department director for biomedical equipment technology for the Harlingen and Waco campuses, said it was easy to include the standards in the curriculum.
âSince we have the equipment and the instructors with field experience, I think that helps us a lot,â he said.
Plow said the caliber of students entering the program is improving.
âStudents are more motivated,â he says. âWe are able to place our graduates. Our program is recognized as one of the best programs in the country for two-year technical and community college-style programs.
Eric Carithers, chairman of TSTC’s state department for powerline technician technology for the Fort Bend, Marshall, and Waco County campuses, thanked the Texas Workforce Commission for using industry data to define the key skills needed to be successful in technical professions.
âBeing recognized by the TWIC ensures that our students learn the most up-to-date and relevant skills on their journey into the workforce,â said Carithers. âThat’s a big part of what makes our students in these programs elite for our industry partners. “
Other award-winning TSTC programs are the Process Operations program at Marshall, the Solar Energy Technology program at Waco, and the Wind Energy Technology program at Harlingen and Sweetwater.
âWith this recognition, students have a Texas State Gold Seal on their certificates of completion,â Carithers said. âWith this seal, he declares that our programs are supported by the Governor of Texas. What a wonderful thing to be able to say to a future student. Not many people can put this type of credential on their resume.
According to the TWIC, only 23 colleges in Texas offer programs with the designation of industry-defined skill standards.
TWIC fosters the development of a highly skilled and well-educated workforce and meets the needs of Texas businesses of all sizes. TWIC executes these mandates through strategic planning, reviewing local and national workforce plans, and maintaining the Texas Skills Standards system.
For more information on Texas State Technical College, visit tstc.edu.