Texas State Technical College System
) is a system of two-year technical schools
. It is the only state-operated system of two-year colleges in Texas.
TSTC's headquarters are at the old Connally Air Force Base
north of Waco
, Texas and are co-located with the Waco campus, which is its oldest and flagship campus. TSTC also operates campuses in Harlingen
, and West Texas
(the latter includes campuses in Abilene
, and Sweetwater
), as well as TSTC Corporate College, which operates customized training programs for specific industries. TSTC also operates partnerships with the Texas State Marine Education Center
and with the Richmond
campus of Wharton County Junior 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. At the time, Governor John Connally (no relation) 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 JCTI colleges separated from Texas A&M University and became an independent state system, with its own Board of Regents
, taking the name Texas State Technical Institute
. Texas State Technical Institute-Waco (TSTI-WACO) was the first school in the United States to offer an Associate of Applied Science degree in Laser Electro-Optics Technology.The program... Read More