138 graduate, success stories abound

(Abilene) – Texas State Technical College West Texas will graduate 138 highly-skilled graduates for the Texas workforce.  As the oil and gas industries boom throughout West Texas, engineers are being snapped up.  Aaron Hall, the student speaker at graduation on Friday, has been working full-time at Stellar Automation for three months. Stellar Automation, located in Big Spring, focuses on engineering needs for the oil and gas industries. Hall was diagnosed with dyslexia in junior high. After five years in the construction, Hall decided he wanted more. Hall enrolled in TSTC’s Applied Engineering Program in Sweetwater. Hall is graduating with honors tonight, he is the student speaker at the graduation ceremony and he was a Resident Advisor, a TSTC student ambassador and worked on the TSTC Help Desk. There are other success stories in this graduation class just as stellar as Hall’s. Nicholas Alcantar, heading into his senior year at ATEMS high school on the TSTC Abilene Campus will be graduating with honors from TSTC West Texas with a certificate in Computer Aided-Drafting tonight. Alcantar is modest about his accomplishments and is sure to have a bright future. And finally, Raven Luna, will be an honors Automotive Technology graduate tonight. She chalks up her love of cars to her father bringing home a mustang when she was a child. Today, Luna is an active member of The Mustang Club in Snyder. Luna is moving to Mesquite soon to take additional classes in autobody repair at Eastfield College.Graduation is tonight, August 17, at 7:00 p.m. at the Abilene Civic Center.