Texas State Technical College in North Texas on Monday welcomed Sen. Bob Hall, R-Rockwall, for his first visit to campus.
Hall, led by TSTC staff, stopped at programs in Industrial Systems, Electrical Power and Controls, HVAC Technology, Precision Machining Technology, and Welding Technology.
“We appreciated the opportunity to tell him more about what TSTC does and the important role we play in his region,” said Marcus Balch, provost of TSTC’s North Texas campus. “It was exciting to watch the senator interact with our instructors and students, talk a little shop, and share some of his technical experiences with us.”
Hall asked instructors about the size of their programs and student projects. He discovered the performance-based education model used in several statewide TSTC programs.
“I’m very impressed with how it (TSTC) is operated and your approach to performance,” Hall said.
Hall also toured the on-campus Bombardier Aviation Apprenticeship Program, which trains residents to work for the Montreal-based aviation company. Groups train for 90 days in a special company lab at the TSTC and undergo 90 days of on-the-job training at the company. The program is registered with the US Department of Labor.
District 2, which the state senator represents, includes all or parts of Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties.
Andrew Parks, director of government relations at TSTC’s Office of Government Affairs, said the most recent redistricting process saw Hall reclaim half of Ellis County. The boundary of the new district is slightly south of TSTC’s North Texas campus.
“Today was a great opportunity to both welcome him to Ellis County and update him on our Red Oak operations,” Parks said. “We believe he will be a good friend to TSTC and look forward to deepening our relationship with Senator Hall and his team in the future.”
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