RED OAK - Texas State Technical College's North Texas campus held its annual Counselor Update on Friday to kick off the new year.
"It just gives them a chance to see what is going on if they are new," said Trey Pearson, TSTC's North and Central Texas regional director for student recruitment. "For those returning, it's keeping our relationship strong."
More than 30 area school counselors learned about TSTC's technical programs and new initiatives.
The counselors were told about TSTC's Performance-Based Education initiative beginning this fall with the Cybersecurity and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology programs. Students in these programs can take course lessons at their own pace to create flexibility in their learning.
The counselors watched members of the first cohort of Bombardier's Aviation Apprenticeship Training program work in their specially designed lab on the first floor of the Jim Pitts Industrial Technology Center. The cohort is the first of 250 people taking 180 days of training at TSTC and at the company to produce the Advanced Metallic Wing for the Global 7500 aircraft at the company's Red Oak plant.
Megan Bloedel, a college advisor at McKinney North High School, said Friday's event was the first time she had been to TSTC.
"I liked the different programs there were and partnering with different industries," she said.
Bloedel said the technical program that piqued her interest was Diesel Equipment Technology, which teaches students about engine repair, hydraulics, steering and suspension systems and other topics.
Allison Knott, a Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) coordinator at Cedar Hill High School, said she was interested in the need for HVAC technicians and the skills taught in the Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology and Industrial Systems programs.
"I'm always super impressed when I come to TSTC," Knott said.
For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.