• Tale of Two Techs Part Two: Best Practices in Retention & Completion


    Diego Villarreal: When we talk about TSTC as one of the colleges that offers best hands on training I’ve ever seen. I’ve been to other universities, around the world even, compared to what the do over there, tutoring, everything else, all the services they have, it’s worth while coming to TSTC. I think it’s a good place to be at and after the graduate they get really good jobs as technicians.

    Morning Blend: For some families a secondary education beyond high school is mandatory. For others teens, they may be the first one in their family pursuing a higher education. I was watching an NBC news special and they were talking about kids in some southern states getting a technical degree. And, kind of working toward that as early as sixth grade and making some decisions.

    Alondra Avila: My name is Alondra Avila, I actually come from Brownsville, Texas. That is where I was originally from. I was born here in Harlingen, but lived my life in Brownsville and went to Los Fresnos. I wanted to pursue later on a mechanical engineering degree. So, I knew this associates degree was really going to help me and actually better myself to really understand what I was going into, when I take a further step into mechanical engineering. Once you go into the more “theory” part, you already know the technical part, so you can apply the technical with the theory and it starts profiting you more and more and more. If you are a girl coming into this field a lot of scholarships are coming your way. It’s more of, like, they help you even to finish this part. So, very profitable.

    Reynaldo Carlos Garza: Hi, my name is Reynaldo Carlos Garza, I’m from Lasara, Texas and I came to TSTC because I wanted to get a better shot at having a good job, and having a good life as a result of that. Working with my mind with people is what I wanted to do, but then I discover the joy of working with machinery and circuitry, and I wanted to integrate the two. I figured that it would be a good skill to have both socially and mechanically. And, I found mechatronics just as a natural love of tinkering and finding out why things work the way they did. So, I figured the natural extension was to attend a college to get better in that skill. Get here, go over the lecture and after the lecture is completed, look over the lecture in terms of the equipment that you are going to be working with and start to integrate the lecture into the actually components. Then once everything is integrated, start working on making the components work with one another. So, it’s very “hands-on” approach. Theory first, then the gradual application of theory into hands on activity.

    Diego Villarreal: It gives them a better foundation, it makes them more responsible, it brings more discipline, because they know that if they don’t prepare themselves to be successful, not just in college, but in life overall, It’s going to be very very difficult to able to survive out there. That helps them a lot, they grow so much more when the have an opportunity to work with each other.

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