BY Amanda Sotelo

For more than a decade Texas State Technical College has been hosting Tech Day, an event focused on high school seniors and their interest in attending TSTC.

On March 1, TSTC will host approximately 1,000 high school seniors from across the Rio Grande Valley for program tours, admission and financial aid advisement, lunch and door prizes.

“Every year we’re so excited to host this event. It continues to grow,” said TSTC Director of Student Recruitment Dora Colvin.

More than 15 school districts have already confirmed attendance, some coming as far away as Laredo.

The four-hour event will showcase the campus and its technical programs such as Mechatronics, Computer Science, Engineering, Allied Health and Culinary Arts and help students better understand what TSTC is all about and what it offers.

“Tech Day is a tradition for us and those we invite,” said Colvin. “Educators and counselors look forward to sending their students to this event every year and we look forward to welcoming them on campus. It gives us the opportunity to teach them about TSTC and introduce them to our staff and faculty.”

Also readily available to answer questions or give students advice during the event are admissions, financial aid, campus housing representatives and current TSTC students.

“Meeting TSTC students first-hand gives these seniors a glimpse into college life and what it would be like to attend TSTC,” Colvin added.

Students who attend Tech Day, a statewide event also known as TSTC Open House, have already shown interest in a technical education and/or applied to TSTC.

In addition to tours and enrollment and financial advice, all high school seniors will be treated to a lunch, door prizes and scholarship drawings at TSTC’s Wellness and Sports Center.

“We hope we can encourage these students to complete the admissions process and become TSTC students,” said Colvin. “Our job is to get them into a program they love and open doors of opportunity for them into high-paying jobs with a two-year degree.”

Colvin added that every year Tech Day not only serves as a chance to pump up students about college and TSTC, but to also celebrate every senior who is about to become a high school graduate.

For more information on programs at TSTC or campus tours, visit tstc.edu.