||Our campus in Harlingen is rich in culture with an emphasis on student success.
At Texas State Technical College (TSTC) in Harlingen, you’re in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, just 40 miles from the beach of South Padre Island and just north of the Mexican border. Here, you’ll find a unique college which offers technical programs and academic courses in statewide demand for the 21st century while emphasizing the needs of Texas. TSTC in Harlingen provides opportunities for both immediate employment and seamless transfer credits to other colleges and universities. Awards include Associate of Science (AS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees, technical Certificates of Completion, and workforce certificates.
You’ll find the faculty and staff at TSTC in Harlingen are committed to preparing students for the workforce by providing personal and professional development through a combination of technical and academic delivery, relevant student services, talent development organizations, and other career-building activities. TSTC in Harlingen uses institution-wide coordinated planning to assure program vitality for today’s industrial and academic demands and tomorrow’s workforce challenges.
Texas State Technical College
Texas State Technical College (TSTC) was established in 1965 as the James Connally Technical Institute (JCTI) of Texas A&M University to meet the state’s evolving workforce needs. This college was located in Central Texas at the former James Connally Air Force Base in Waco. At the time, Governor John Connally predicted that it would be “the most sophisticated technical-vocational institute in the country.”
In 1967, JCTI expanded to include a South Texas campus in Harlingen. In 1969, the colleges separated from Texas A&M University and became an independent state system, with the name Texas State Technical Institute (TSTI) and its own Board of Regents. An additional campus was created in 1970 in the Panhandle of Texas and in Sweetwater in West Texas. As the demand for quality technical education continued to grow, campuses were established in Abilene (1985), Breckenridge (1989), Brownwood (1991), Marshall (1991), Fort Bend County (2001), Williamson County and North Texas (2013). In 1991, TSTI was renamed Texas State Technical College.
Today, serving as the state’s college for workforce and economic development, TSTC offers new, emerging and customized curriculum at eleven campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Fort Bend County, Harlingen, Ingleside, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater, Waco and Williamson County. In addition, programs and customized training are offered at partnership centers throughout the state.
TSTC’s statewide role and mission is to efficiently and effectively help Texas meet the high-tech challenges of today’s global economy, in partnership with business and industry, government agencies and other educational institutions. TSTC has high graduation rates, exceptional postgraduate success rates, and an outstanding record in graduating individuals from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Students are served each year through traditional degree programs, short-term continuing education and corporate training programs.
Among TSTC’s strengths are its emphasis toward hands-on learning and its strong relationships with business and industry, state-of-the- art laboratories, residential campuses and student-centered philosophy:
We believe in people. We believe people desire to be responsible and productive citizens. We believe technology is a force to be explored and channeled by people in a productive and responsible manner for the benefit of all humankind. Therefore, we believe all people should be provided with the educational opportunity to learn the skills necessary to perform meaningful work and, thereby, pursue their goals as responsible citizens contributing to the welfare and success of their families, communities, state, nation and world.