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Over 100 4th Graders Tour Technical School

Rush Harris
Director of Business Services
Marshall Economic Development Corporation
(903) 934-8035


TSTC provides a hands-on tour for Marshall ISD 4th graders


Marshall, Texas:  Over 100 4th graders from Travis Elementary School came to tour the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) campus in Marshall on Thursday.  The TSTC tour in partnership with Marshall Independent School District (MISD), provided a unique look at the current and future job skills taught at one of Marshall’s four local higher education institutions.

“Don’t touch the exhibits” was NOT something heard on this tour. The 9 and 10-year-olds were encouraged to get a hands-on experience.  Students separated into groups that moved from one program to the next.  At each stop they were experiencing, seeing, touching, asking questions, and learning about robotics, machinery, vacuum chambers, pneumatics, circuits, cyber skills, and computer network systems that TSTC trains their students on.


Jayce with kids

The Travis students visited with current TSTC students and instructors from the Electrical Lineman Program, Cybersecurity, Process Operations, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Precision Machining, Computer Networking & Systems, and Automation and Controls Technology amongst others.

As the students were actively participating in each session, many questions arose, such as:

“Who is controlling that robot?”

“Why does that motor move so fast?”

“How can water boil without it being hot?”

“How do you climb the electric pole without slipping?”


Dirk Hughes, Executive Director of Workforce Training at TSTC, had an individual exhibit discussing the changes in technology and how new skills for new generations must be taught.

"It’s always good to be able to bring students here, even the younger students, to learn what we do here.  About the 4th grade, students start seeing some direction of where they want to go.  The things I’m stressing to these kids, is that science and math are so important, not just for TSTC but for any kind of program or job that is out there.  If you have a decent foundation in science and a decent foundation in math, your life is going to be so much better.”


Marshall Economic Development (Marshall EDC) was pleased to attend and observe the tour.  Rush Harris, Director of Business Services for Marshall EDC commented:

“These are very impressive kids.  They are engaged and are having fun while learning a little bit more about what paths could lead to high paying lifetime careers in Marshall and the surrounding community.  It’s very encouraging to see this level of participation not only from the kids, but also between the school district and higher education.  I applaud their dedication to Marshall’s children.  Very well done.”

Marshall EDC would like to thank TSTC staff, students, and instructors as well as the Travis Elementary School teachers and their awesome students who attended, including the classes of Ms. Young, Ms. Jordan, Ms. McLin, Ms. Flowers, Ms. Sanchez, and Mr. Ervin.


About Marshall Independent School District:  The Marshall Independent School District is a public PK-12 district in Harrison County, Texas.  Marshall ISD proudly serves approximately 5,300 students in Marshall, Texas. The district was founded in 1898 with the creation of Marshall High School.  Marshall ISD opened its STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Academy at South Marshall Elementary in the fall of 2014. The program has since expanded to the middle school level and was implemented at Marshall Junior High School beginning in the fall of 2017. The original goal is to advance the district's STEM program each year until MISD is a full-fledged, K-12 STEM district.

About Texas State Technical College:  TSTC was established 50 years ago to help create a strong Texas. At the time, Governor John Connally predicted we would become "the most sophisticated technical-vocational institute in the country." TSTC is living true to that vision with ten campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Fort Bend County, Harlingen, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater, Waco and East Williamson County.

With a statewide role and mission, TSTC is doing what it was created to do by efficiently and effectively helping Texas meet the high-tech challenges of today's global economy, in partnership with business and industry, government agencies and other educational institutions.

TSTC graduates are highly valued by business and industry for their work ethic, knowledge and workplace skills. Whether a student is considering upgrading their skills, or just starting out on a new career path, one of the many TSTC campuses is a great place to prepare for a great-paying job in the vibrant Texas economy.

About Marshall Economic Development Corporation: Marshall Economic Development Corporation, or Marshall EDC, is a Type A 501 (c)(3) non-profit economic development corporation and works to develop relationships with new and existing business within the statutory scope of the Development Act of 1979.  Marshall EDC was established by Resolution of the City Commission of Marshall, Texas on April 25, 1991 to act as an instrument of the City of Marshall in the promotion and assisting of industrial and manufacturing businesses to relocate to Marshall, Texas and Harrison County and the expansion of existing local businesses, so as to eliminate unemployment and underemployment through primary jobs.