TSTC student organizations adopt-a-spot

The Student Government Association (SGA) at Texas State Technical College in Sweetwater recently developed a plan to adopt-a-spot. The SGA volunteered to beautify the flowerbeds near the Student Center. They cleaned out the beds and then planted flowers for the season. The even found a critter in the flowerbed. They weren’t sure exactly what the creature was at first, so they snapped a picture and turned to Facebook. It didn’t take long before their suspicions were confirmed, it was a salamander. The word about the SGA adopt-a-spot got around to other student clubs and last week West Texas Collision and Repair and CARS also adopted-a-spot on campus. The West Texas Collision Club is made up of auto body students while the CARS club is related to the Automotive Technology program. The two clubs teamed up to beautify the area around the campus bookstore. The students cleaned out flowerbeds, planted flowers and trees. A big thank you goes to Wal-Mart, which donated the plants and flowers. Tori Robertson, Treasurer of the West Texas Collision and Repair Club said, “I used to work at a campus bookstore and I know it’s a high-traffic area. We thought it was the best place to volunteer our time.” Robertson is from Cisco, is also a member of SGA, a Resident Assistant and is slated to graduate in December. These clubs found a Texas Horned Lizard, the state reptile of Texas while planting near the bookstore. The group carefully handled the lizard, rubbing its belly to calm him, before snapping some pictures and releasing him back into the wild. Finding the lizard was a rare treat in Texas nowadays, as the population has decreased drastically. Students at all four TSTC West Texas campuses have opportunities to join student organizations and clubs. These opportunities teach teamwork, leadership and the importance of giving back. Students make lifetime friends and can add the experience to their resumé. Fall registration is underway at TSTC, which offers affordable, accelerated training for in-demand careers. And, TSTC Career Services provides assistance with resumés, interview skills and career placement. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, 73% of jobs require an Associate’s degree or less, while only 27% require a Bachelor’s degree or more. Apply at westtexas.tstc.edu or call 325.235.7300 today. TSTC has four campuses in West Texas — Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood and Sweetwater. TSTC is currently enrolling for the following programs: Applied Engineering/Robotics, Oil & Gas-Downhole Tools, Nursing, Auto Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Computer Aided Drafting & Design, Computer Networking, Database and Web Programming, Culinary Arts, Diesel Technology, Digital Media, Digital Arts, Emergency Medical Technology, Environmental Science, Health Information Technology, Software & Business Accounting, Software & Business Publishing, Welding, Pipe Welding and Wind Energy. About TSTC Texas State Technical College (www.tstc.edu) serves Texas through 11 campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Harlingen, Hutto, Ingleside, Marshall, Red Oak, Richmond, Sweetwater and Waco. TSTC is the only college in America to adopt a funding model based entirely on student employment outcomes — aligning with its purpose of strengthening Texas with a highly skilled, technically competent workforce. The college System will celebrate 50 years of service to the State of Texas in 2015.