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TSTC Waco Engineering A Bright Spot

An article in this week’s CNNMoney  from Fortune Magazine says American manufacturers are “on the prowl for top talent, but say not enough workers are trained for the tasks.”

The article, “How to train U.S. workers back into manufacturing jobs,” says businesses are finding it harder to employ trained workers. According to the article, one reason is a misconception about the manufacturing industry itself:

“It’s not drudgery,” says Collie Hutter, co-founder of Click Bond, Inc., a Carson City, Nev., company which makes industrial fasteners for airplanes and other transportation markets. “People sometimes think that way about manufacturing.

“But we have 125 computers on our floor. We have complex machines. Workers have to know how to enter data, how to do the math, how to measure and also to write and communicate, among other things.”

Reading that makes me feel even better about the training that goes on in the Texas State Technical College system. We’re pretty excited TSTC Waco is No. 1 in the nation for the most associate degrees (among both two-year and four-year colleges) in engineering technologies.

According to Community College Week, TSTC Waco had 350 graduates in engineering technologies for 2009-2010. The number included 307 men and 43 women. What’s incredible is that’s a 40 percent jump over the year before when TSTC recorded 250 graduates.

To read the full report, visit and click on Top 100. This is the latest analysis of the country’s Top 100 Associate Degree Producers, arguably one of the most important indicators of success for community and technical education institutions.

We would be remiss, too, if we didn’t mention that TSTC Waco was top in Texas – and second in the nation – in the Computer and Information Science and Support Services category, and top in the state in the Precision Production category.

So when it comes to training workers for industry, TSTC is right on top. Now the outlook for industry as a whole is looking a little brighter. According to the Fortune article, “manufacturing industry hiring has been a bright spot in the overall employment picture. Hiring rose for 20 straight months until it dipped in May.”

Bright spots, keep on coming!



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