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Texas State Technical College: Providing high-tech skills for high-wage jobs at an accessible price

Affordable Education

Texas State Technical College (TSTC) is important to Marshall.  Public data collected from the Texas Consumer Resource for Education and Workforce Statistics, researched by Marshall EDC, indicates graduates of TSTC are finding opportunities in technical positions that pay well.  At a cost between $200 to $300 per credit hour for in-state tuition, it’s an option for more students who want skills that help them find and keep a high-paying job.  It is not uncommon for a student to pay $12,000 - $18,000 toward 2-year degree credits that results in a job paying over $46,000 to start with growth in that salary over 3.5% a year moving forward.  That’s accessible education.

 

Stay Local

Rural life has its benefits and not everyone wants to move to the big city.  TSTC’s demand-based model develops skilled graduates for the local area workforce.  You can have high wages without moving to an urban area with a higher cost of living.

 

High Wages

The average 1st year wage of 2016 graduates in Marshall from TSTC was $46,178.  Compared to the 1st year average of all Texas public post-secondary institutional degrees, that is $2,975 more than the average bachelor’s degree and $12,940 more than the average associate degree.  Many students see results much higher than $46,000.  The Electrical Lineman program, for instance, had an average 1st year wage of $84,000 in 2016.  No salary is guaranteed.  A student must come in ready to learn and work.

 

Start Early - MavTech

High school students have a chance to earn dual credit with the MavTech program, a partnership between Marshall ISD and TSTC.  Students can earn up to a full semester of credit at a fraction of the cost.  Two new programs being introduced with MavTech for 2019 are Diesel Equipment Technology and Computer Science, both skills in high demand.

 

Learning Skills Takes Dedication

TSTC is not the average college.  It is different from a community college and a traditional associate degree.  It is a technical school that requires students to develop advanced technical skills.  It takes dedication, hard work, and the desire to learn.  It is not a fit for everyone, however it is a fit for more people than you might think.

 

Future Fair

If you think TSTC might be the right fit for you, your child, grandchild, student, friend, neighbor, or co-worker, come to the Future Fair on July 13th, from 10am to 2pm to take a tour of the campus and learn more.

Data Source:  Texas Consumer Resource for Education and Workforce Statistics (TXCREWS), a Joint Project of the Texas Workforce Commission & the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board .  www.thecb.state.tx.us

Disclaimer: The research, analysis, views, and opinions expressed in this paid advertorial are those of the authors, Marshall Economic Development Corporation, based upon public data collected by the Texas Consumer Resource for Education and Workforce Statistics (TXCREWS), and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position, or opinion of Texas State Technical College (TSTC) or TXCREWS.  TSTC & TXCREWS have made no representations, guarantees, or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness, currency, or suitability for any purpose of the information provided in this article.