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Flight into the Future A look at TSTC’s Aerospace programs Page 5

IN THIS ISSUE Partnering with Luminant Page 11 Magical career for Culinary alumni Page 15

ALSO Outreach focus for Provost Page 16

Inside the Aerospace Center Page 7-10

From the President


 President Stuckly addresses the crowd at the Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center dedication. See more photos on Page 18.

New school year brings excitement In education, the first day of the fall semester is our New Year’s Day and, like the first day of the year, the first class day brings renewed excitement and promise. This year there is a lot to be excited about! The fall 2012 TSTC Waco aerospace students became the first class to study in the new Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center. You can read all about the aerospace division and our new state-of-the-art facilities in this edition of the TSTC Magazine starting on Page 5. Also in this edition, find out how our industry partner Luminant is securing its future workforce while helping students; check in on TSTC Waco alumni; discover how a new career services program, JobStar, is helping industry connect with our graduates; learn what our new Provost is working on in a Q&A with Dr. Becky Musil; see photos from the Hutto construction to campus-happenings, and much more.

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As always, thank you for all you do for TSTC! Texas State Technical College Waco is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Applied Science degrees and Certificates of Completion. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Texas State Technical College Waco.

Dr. Elton E. Stuckly, Jr. TSTC Waco President




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Contents & Calendar

In This Issue:

Calendar of Events NOVEMBER 9

Last day to drop with W


Registration begins for returning students


Registration begins for new students


Student & employee holiday

DECEMBER Campus Snapshot Page 9-10

5 Flight into the Future


End of semester Fall commencement, 6 p.m., Waco Convention Center

A look at TSTC’s aerospace programs

7 Aviation artwork captures military history

9 Campus Snapshot Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center Terminal

11 On the Power Track


Campus closed for winter break


Campus reopens


Last day to register for spring


Spring classes begin


Student & employee holiday

Luminant partnership provides students with technical training for in-demand careers


15 Alumni Feature


Magical career of Culinary alumni Kaitlyn Greb


Last day to apply for graduation


Spring Break — student holiday


16 Campus Q&A

Last day to drop with a “W“

17 Remember When: Mystery Mosaic

18 People & Places ON THE COVER A view from the new Air Traffic Control tower of a Diamond 20 plane landing at the TSTC airport.


Registration begins for returning students


Industry Career Day

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College Preview & Open House Registration begins for new students End of semester Last day to register For more events, go to

Scan this QR code with your  smartphone to view the calendar.


Dr. Becky Musil shares about her new role as Provost.

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Campus News & Briefs

tech notes Construction underway on new EWCHEC facility Construction on the East Williamson County Higher Education Center (EWCHEC) in Hutto is on track for completion in July 2013. Classes are scheduled to begin in the new facility in the fall of 2013. EWCHEC, a multi-institutional teaching center, is a partnership between lead institutions, Temple College and TSTC, and various other educational partners. When the new facility opens, TSTC students will experience a new instructional delivery method that optimizes time-on task in project-based, simulated workplace experiences emphasizing technical skills, teamwork, critical thinking, problem solving and interpersonal communication.

The framing is in place for the new EWCHEC facility which will be completed in the summer of 2013. The site is located in Hutto.

Quality Enhancement Plan changes delivery of developmental math instruction With the preliminary research and an interactive math lab in place, TSTC’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is ready to be submitted to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) for approval. Once approved, TSTC will be training instructors in active-based learning techniques and changing the way all developmental math classes are taught over the next three years. TSTC’s QEP focuses on improving students’ experience in developmental math by using active, brainbased learning techniques and tying mathematical concepts to the real world. “We want to provide an enhanced learning environment and a new kind of math instruction,” QEP Committee Chair Carson Pearce said. For Pearce, the purpose of the QEP and changing

math instruction comes back to helping students succeed both in college and the lives beyond it. “I want students to know they are at a college that cares about their ability — not just to do math — but to do well in life,” he said. “We want them to be successful and we’re pulling out all the stops so that they can succeed not only in math, but in life.” For more information on TSTC’s QEP, go to www.

Center for Assessment certified by FAA The Center for Assessment was recently certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to administer Airman Knowledge Testing. The notice sent to the department stated the FAA has “determined your organization is qualified and capable of representing the Administrator in performing Airman Knowledge Testing procedures.”

RPT students present at national conference


Radiation Protection Technology students Paul Strickland, Dean Boyd, Vickie Hurst and Kevin Pustejovsky (not pictured) presented a poster of their original research on radioactive material at the National Health Physics Society Conference in Sacramento, Calif. in July.

From left, Paul Strickland, Dean Boyd and Vickie Hurst with their poster

Campus News & Briefs

student kudos National SkillsUSA medalists

JJobStar bS connects employers l to TSTC talent l From left: Thomas Flaherty, CMT, and Jennifer Perry, CST. Each year students who place first at the Texas SkillsUSA competition have the opportunity to advance to the annual national SkillsUSA Championship, held in Kansas City, Mo. This year of the 23 students who advanced, two TSTC students received national medals. Thomas Flaherty, a Computer Maintenance Technology student, earned a silver medal in the Residential Systems Installation and Maintenance competition and Jennifer Perry, a Computer Science Technology student, placed third in the Computer Programming competition, winning a bronze medal. Congratulations on the high achievement!

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specialized for me,” Ibekwe said. “I believe this will give me an edge when I’m ready to get my first job.” Scan this QR Ibekwe, who grad- code to visit uates in May of 2013, the JobStar said she’s very happy for employers that Career Services page. has provided tools to start the job search early — a tip that Padilla encourages all students to take seriously. “The reality is your chances of getting a job before you graduate increase exponentially when you start early,” he said. “Tools like JobStar can help you get your resume and cover letter in place and find potential employers.” For businesses, JobStar offers a way to connect directly to TSTC talent. At careerservices, prospective employers can create a company profile, post jobs and even browse student profiles and contact potential hires directly through the JobStar system. “This makes it easier for industry to fill positions,“ Padilla said. “Instead of spending time posting jobs all over, you can come to JobStar and get several TSTC candidates to choose from.“

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Gone are the days of searching for jobs in the classified section of newspapers. Now job searching happens primarily online and there are a host of tools to choose from. TSTC’s Career Services Center has launched a new site called JobStar geared specifically to help students on their path to finding a great job right out of college. Career Services Coordinator Edgar Padilla describes JobStar as a, “ for TSTC students only.” It allows students to search for jobs and co-ops, connect with employers directly, upload a resume and cover letter and more. Its purpose is to connect TSTC talent to industry. “Our focus is on getting students quality placement right after graduation and JobStar is another tool to help,” Padilla said. “It offers personalized job search results and even lets employers search through our database of students and contact them directly about jobs.” Fourth semester Laser ElectroOptics student Amanda Ibekwe is one of the first students who has used JobStar. She set up her resume with Padilla at the Career Services Center and has her profile filled out for her preferences of job type, skills and locations. “It’s very easy to use and it’s


Flight into the Future

A look at TSTC’s aerospace programs By Sarah-Jane Menefee



uilt on the historic TSTC airport, which at one time facilitated the training of both Army and Air Force pilots and navigators, the new Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center marks the beginning of a new unified future for TSTC’s aerospace programs. For years the aerospace-centric programs TSTC offered were scattered across the campus working separately on their instruction and recruitment. Now that they are all under one roof, the programs are really starting to take off. “It’s much easier now to move us in one direction,” said Jim Rowland, director of the Aerospace Division and TSTC Airport. “Now I see everyone on a daily basis and it’s easier to keep the excitement and vision moving.” And his vision for the programs is broad — to provide the future workforce for the entire state of Texas’ aerospace needs and keep abreast of new technology as it emerges. In the last three years, TSTC added new programs, including Aircraft Dispatch and Air Traffic Control, to its mainstay programs of Aircraft Pilot Training, Aviation Maintenance and Avionics. As workforce needs for other areas arise, new programs can be added. Currently on the radar is unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), agriculture aviation and helicopter training. “I attended a UAS conference and was approached about using them. Unmanned aircraft is where the future is,” Rowland said. “It’s very new in the market and we’re still exploring its true capabilities.” The future looks bright for the TSTC airport as well. There’s room for growth in business development and

Far left: The architectural entrance to the Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center. Above: The new 82,500-square-foot facility features a large hangar for Aviation Maintenance classes. Below: A view of the public terminal from the runway.

“Whatever service you would like to have to support general aviation, we do it here. And the building is a central key to that. We can provide any training you’d like. The only question is, what would you like?”

Get Connected TSTC Airport For more information about the TSTC Airport, call (254) 867-3761. Aerospace Programs & Center For information on aerospace programs or a map to the center visit our website. Scan the QR codes to find out more.


two large runways big enough to land any aircraft. And over the next three years TSTC is investing $7.2 million into reconditioning the runways. “You’re not going to find a better airport with a better runway environment,” Rowland said. “We keep our facility and runway in first-class condition. We have the land and space for any company. We provide a sustainable workforce and will adapt to whatever a company needs, including continuing education for current employees.” For businesses looking to move to the Waco area, Rowland invites them to stop by the center and check out the new facility. “Whatever service you would like to have to support general aviation, we do it here,” he said. “And the building is a central key to that. We can provide any training you’d like. The only question is, what would you like?”

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James Rowland Director of Aerospace Division & TSTC Airport


Above: “Eaker’s Boys” by Les Carter features the B-17 Memphis Bell. Far left: “Dallas Doll” by Philip West Left: “Victory in Defeat” by Heinz Krebs These paintings are just a few of the works featured in the Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center Board Room.

Aviation artwork captures military history

By Mary Drennon


You wouldn’t think of a technical college as a haven for fine art. But at Texas State Technical College it is. TSTC is the recipient of a generous donor’s fine art, now hanging in the new Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center. About a dozen original oil paintings valued at approximately $50,000 from the collection of native Austinite William Caswell Ward depict military airplanes and scenes. The paintings now add an elegant and striking touch — not to mention an amazing historical perspective — to the Aerospace Board Room, a place where the college hosts special events and the Board of Regents meetings. Ward, 70, a former member of the U.S. Air Force, has been searching for just the right place to display the

paintings for some time. He discovered TSTC’s aviation programs online and came to the college for a visit. At the time, construction of the new Col. James T. Connally Aerospace was just getting underway. “That made my choice even easier,” said Ward. “I never expected to come across an institution like this. You’ve [TSTC] got it all — and in spades. How many colleges have an airport?” Ward’s affinity for military aviation art runs deep. Not only did he serve in the Air Force as a Logistics Officer, but also his father was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base and taught flying there. Ward naturally grew into a WWII aviation historian and collected many pieces over the years. “I have an embarrassingly enormous collection of aviation art,” said Ward, who’s one of the largest collectors in the world. “This stuff needs to

get out where people can see it, enjoy it and learn from it, too. There’s so much history in these paintings.” Jim Roland, director of the Aerospace Division and Airport, couldn’t agree more. “These paintings have really enhanced the aviation atmosphere of new Aerospace Center,” he said. “We greatly appreciate Mr. Ward’s contribution. It captures the heritage of aviation and, in particular, military history. Anyone who hasn’t yet viewed the paintings needs to visit and take a look at this fine art.” These aren’t the last paintings TSTC will see, either. Ward has plans to donate more in the near future and offer some of his art as a permanent loan to the college. To view the current art, the center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on Airline Drive.

Terminal features plane from original training program


Everyone has a story to tell, but so does an airplane. Recently, TSTC students and faculty restored a Cessna 150 and hung it in the terminal of the Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center. Its story goes hand-in-hand with TSTC’s. The Cessna 150 and a sister plane, same make and model, resided at the airbase in the ‘60s and were rented out. In 1967, TSTC bought the two planes, along with others, for the use of students in the first pilot training program. John Curtis, a former pilot training student, remembers his first flight in the Cessna 150 in 1973. It was the first time he flew a plane in the pilot training program at what Onlookers watch as a contractor raises the plane into place. was then known as Texas State Technical Institute. “I was hooked from day one and Students did a significant amount ent a problem, since the contractors I have been flying since I was 19,” he of the work. Hewgley’s class serviced constructed the aerospace buildsaid. the landing gear, the cable swaging ing with the plane’s appearance in As time passed, the Cessna 150s fell and the assembly and rigging, and mind. They put cables in the ceiling, out of date and the new Cessna 152 Auto Collision & Management in order to lift or lower the plane. was released in 1977. TSTC replaced department students did the paint Donley built the brackets on the plane the two 150s with twelve 152s and the job. to stabilize the wing tips and the tail. two planes retired to Before lifting the plane Aviation Maintenance to the ceiling, students Technology (AER). and instructors who “This was a most unique project. In one way, After a few years of dishelped with the plane’s because after reassembling the plane in the assembling and reassemrestoration signed lobby I had to go back and touch up the paint, bling at the hands of AER their names on the students, the two planes which I did with one of my tiny airbrushes and right-hand side under moved to a lot outside the horizontal tail (20 compressor from my modeling kit.” the hangar, and sat there, signatures in all). rusting away. Looking back on the Steve McNaugton Then, three years ago, past and now seeing plans for the aerospace the present location of center were set in mothe Cessna 150 he flew tion, and former AER Department Former AER instructor Brad Moffett in 1973, Curtis said, “I think it is apChair Steve McNaughton suggested oversaw the mounting of the engine propriate for TSTC; a good tribute for one of the planes be hung inside block and a crankshaft to hold the the program.” the terminal, as the two Cessna propeller in place. The restored Cessna 150 kicks off 150s were a part of TSTC’s aviation “This was a most unique project,” the development of the aerospace history. Restoration of the Cessna said McNaughton, “In one way, beterminal into a museum represent150 began two years ago, with AER cause after reassembling the plane in ing the history of the James Connally Faculty McNaughton, Rich Hewgley the lobby I had to go back and touch Air Force Base. This one plane, that and Chuck Donley overseeing major up the paint, which I did with one of started as a small part of the base in developments. The sister plane was my tiny airbrushes and compressor the late ‘60s, now hangs in a place of discarded, though some of its parts from my modeling kit.” honor still facing the blue skies above were stripped for the display plane. Hanging the plane did not presTSTC.

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By April Henley

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snapshot A view of the sunrise over the TSTC Airport from the public terminal located in the Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center. The terminal features the layout of the airport runways on the terrazzo floor and a restored Cessna 150 plane hanging from the ceiling. Turn to Page 8 to read more about the plane.



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By Mary Drennon


On the Pow

Most companies list job openings and wait for candidates to apply. But during a time of what some are calling a global shortage of skilled workers, this isn’t always the best approach. Perhaps that’s why Luminant, the state’s largest power generation company, doesn’t wait for employees to come to them. Instead, this Texas company with plant, mine, wholesale marketing and trading and development operations actually “grows” its own workforce. The company starts as young as high school, said Roger Pruett, curriculum manager of the Luminant Power Track program. “We’re looking for students who can work with their hands and are electrically and mechanically inclined,” said Pruett. “They also need good math and communication skills as well.” If so, students can test and apply for the Luminant Power Track program, a new career development program that offers an inside track to a career in the power plant industry and a possible full-time job with the company upon graduation from high school and then college. This is the first year for the Power Track program at Texas State Technical College. Currently, there are 18 TSTC students in the program who study in Electrical Power & Control Technology, Industrial System & Engineering Technology or the Instrumentation area of Instrumentation, Computerized Controls & Robotics Technology. Luminant also has a training center at Tyler Junior College West Campus. Students recruited from high school get a choice of which school they want to attend. Although there is no contractual work agreement with Luminant, the company contributes $10,000 toward the students’ education and offers a paid internship to give them a chance to “test drive” the company. Pruett isn’t worried about the lack of a work agreement. “We offer something that’s very rare these days. Most people have to go elsewhere to find jobs,” he said. “Students who want to stay near their home, raise a family and have a great career in Central and East Texas can do that [through the Power Track program].” That’s one of the major benefits of the Power Track program, too. Those who complete it will gain skills for a lifetime and be considered for

Luminant Partnership with technical training

full-time jobs at a variety of Texas locations, Luminant typically recruits in a 60-mile radius around its larger plants, because “we know the location is more attractive for folks who want to work close to home,” said Pruett. The plants at which Power Track students will complete their internships and apply for full-time jobs are located in Mt. Pleasant, Tatum, Fairfield, Franklin and Rockdale. Another bonus working for Luminant is benefits and wages are very good for an associate degree, Pruett said. “Students can definitely earn a good salary when they join us — even during the internship,” Pruett said. Luminant is no stranger to TSTC. For some time now, the company has recruited students from several TSTC campuses. But Luminant decided a more official arrangement through the Power Track program would help replenish the technical leadership at its power plants. “Our company is well-established,” said Pruett. “We began our

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Jonathan Hollister Jonathan Hollister, an Instrumentation student from Dew, Texas, first learned about the Luminant Power Track program while interning at the company’s Big Brown Power Plant site in Fairfield. A recruiter urged him to take Luminant’s required exam, and he was accepted into the program. Hollister believes the best part about the Luminant Power Track scholarship program is the opportunity to get realworld experience. “By getting out in the field I was able to realize that this is want I to do, because I like the work I was introduced to,” Hollister said. After graduating TSTC, Hollister plans to build a career with Luminant at the Oak Grove Plant and Kosse Mine, in Oak Grove, Texas.

major sites in the ‘70s and the employees hired then are reaching the end of their careers.” After investigating numerous opportunities, Luminant selected TSTC because “the facilities there are just phenomenal,” Pruett said. “The degrees they offer are unsurpassed anywhere in the state of Texas. The facilities combined with the faculty are the best possible combination.” It’s a great arrangement for TSTC, too. “Luminant provides a very high level of support,” said Carliss Hyde, vice president for Institutional Advancement. “Luminant sends their staff to our campus to monitor student progress, visits with them about their challenges and encourages them in their career paths. This partnership is a winner.” If you want to find out more about the Power Track Program, Luminant will hold a Preview Day at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the Industrial Technology Center. To attend, RSVP to emily.kelley@ or call (903) 595-7368.

By Barbara Aitken


Luminant Oak Grove Plant

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Austin Wittig Austin Wittig first learned of the Luminant Power Track program from his high-school counselor in Bremond, Texas. Wittig was hesitant in the beginning, but discovered that his interest in electronics could lead him to a good career through the program. As a first semester Electrical Systems student at TSTC, Wittig looks forward to working with Luminant Power Track and plans on doing his internship at the Oak Grove plant, where he will shadow a current employee and learn about specific duties in electrical systems. “Luminant Power Track has given me a goal to work toward,” Wittig said. “Once I graduate, I have the opportunity of getting a solid job [with Luminant] and to build my future in a positive way.”


Campus News & Briefs

tech notes TSTC tops state degree conferrals rankings Texas State Technical College ranks No. 1 in the state of Texas among two-year colleges in terms of the most associate degrees in the category of Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields. Community College Week magazine has released its 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 are pleased TSTC is No. 1 in producing engineering technology graduates,” said Dr. Elton E. Stuckly Jr., TSTC Waco president. “Industry leaders have consistently said skilled technicians are in high demand in today’s increasingly complex workforce. TSTC works hard to ensure our graduates meet this demand, so it’s nice to be recognized for fulfilling that need.” TSTC also ranked No. 1 in Texas in

the Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services category, and then placed top in the state, one of only two such colleges, in the Precision Production category. The annual report lists associate degree and certificate conferrals of nearly 5,000 institutions for the 20102011 academic year, the latest year for which data is available. Data is collected and analyzed by the National Center for Education Statistics through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set completions survey. Since the survey’s inception, TSTC has ranked top in the state numerous times and has stayed consistently on the top 50 list in nearly every category for which it is eligible. Community College Week has close to 35,000 in its readership. The magazine distributes among a vast audience, including college employees, students, professional associations,

business and industry executives, federal, state, and local government officials and others. The rankings are one way the magazine recognizes the efforts of hundreds of thousands of faculty, staff and administrators who dedicate themselves to educating students. To read the full report, visit http:// and click on the Top 100.

Upcoming 2013 TSTC College Preview & Open House

Industry Career Day


Area companies are invited to attend TSTC’s Industry Career Day and Job Fair, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 4. Industry Career Day gives prospective employers a chance to meet with TSTC students who are educated in a variety of fields. Attendees will have backgrounds in everything from engineeringrelated technologies, such as computerized controls and robotics, to more traditional programs such as dental assisting, website design, welding, automotive technology and more. To register, call Edgar Padilla at (254) 867-3023. Businesses also can register online at www.waco. in January 2013.

TSTC’s annual College Preview & Open House provides an opportunity for students, parents and friends to check out college options and learn about the instructional programs offered at TSTC. Visitors can get information about college financing, housing options, student activities and more. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, April 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days.


Students can choose to attend college full time and work on an associate degree, or select a faster track and complete a certificate option in a variety of educational programs. If you have questions, or want to register for College Preview, please contact Autumn Outlaw at (254) 8672026 or To register for the event online, go to

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Campus News & Briefs SECO grant provides opportunities in green building field Thanks to a $95,000 State Energy Conservation Office (SECO) grant, students will get more opportunities than ever before to enter a growing and dynamic career field – Residential Energy Efficiency Specialist (REES). Texas State Technical College, with the help of the SECO grant, will further develop its REES certificate program. It will put even more emphasis on the growing area of energy auditor, a “green” field with a bright outlook that has a large number of projected job openings coming in the future, according to the Occupational Information Network.

Donors make generous gifts to programs Thanks to the generosity of TSTC’s many supporters, students get more hands-on training with industry-standard equipment. Kudos to the following companies and individuals for their donations: • North Houston Pole Line ($2,500) donated for Electrical Power & Control • Toyota Motor Sales ($30,000 - 2010 Toyota Camry) for Automotive, T-TEN Program • Joe Denisi, Omega Engineering Inc. ($10,000 in books used for Instrumentation, Computerized Controls & Robotics classes) • CAT Dealer Excellence Funds Grant ($10,000 from Holt CAT & CAT Manufacturing) for Diesel Equipment • Russell Dunlap/Universal Laser Technologies ($5,000) CynoSure Photogenica V Pulsed Dye Laser System for Laser Electro-Optics •Spencer Bachus ($8,968) Cessna 177 Cardinal donated for Aircraft Pilot Training

Mitsubishi provides MU2 aircraft to AER This MU2 (an early ‘B’ model) aircraft was provided by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries for the bargain price of $35,000. Valued between $165,000 and $250,000, Mitsubishi will continue to support TSTC through Turbine Aircraft Services Inc. by providing some parts at a vastly reduced cost. Perkins Funds funded the purchase.

NAIMA partners with EWCHEC The non-profit North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) has joined in partnership with TSTC to provide students at the East Williamson County Higher Education Center with new skills and training in fiber glass duct board systems. In its unique partnership with TSTC, NAIMA provided the college’s programs with current premium duct products and accessory items, the use of a state-of-the art Glass Master SG-220 Fiber Glass Duct Board Grooving Machine, a duct assembly/fitting fabrication bench, hand-grooving tool sets, as well as miscellaneous specialized tools, accessory items and training instruction and materials.

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Radiation Protection Technology, a degree offered by TSTC’s Environmental Health & Safety department, snagged $149,000 in grants from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, under the NRC’s Trade Schools and Community College grants, which distributed more than $2 million in support for such colleges in 2012. The grant money will be used to fund scholarships for students enrolling in training programs, which will lead to employment in the nuclear field. The available scholarships will be directed to students with demonstrated academic promise and significant financial need who are training for careers in the nuclear industry.

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Radiation Protection Technology receives $149,000 for scholarships from NRC

“With rising energy costs, there will be a big demand in this field from homeowners and businesses wanting to slash their costs and make their energy dollars stretch further,” said Kathy Moore, REES instructor. “In addition, new laws and regulations in energy efficiency will increase this demand as people scramble to comply.” The Residential Energy Efficiency Specialist program is a two-semester certificate program that helps students learn everything from preparing energy audit reports and educating others on energy efficiency, to inspecting and evaluating buildings, calculating energy savings, identifying potential improvement measures and more. The program is aligned with the Residential Energy Services Network, the national standard for home energy audits.



Image courtesy of Walt Disney World® Resort

Magical career for Culinary alumni

By Barbara Aitken


TSTC graduate Kaitlyn Greb wakes up every morning with a smile on her face. That’s because her job is helping to make dreams come true at Cinderella’s Royal Table in Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. When Greb moved to Waco at age 16, she had no idea what her future had in store. After searching online for different avenues, she found the dual credit program for the Culinary Arts department at Texas State Technical College. While being homeschooled, Greb started with Tech-Connect, TSTC’s dual credit program that allows high school students to take college technical courses and standard academics while simultaneously completing their high school diploma. After her high school graduation, Greb transitioned to TSTC full time and graduated with an associate degree in Culinary Arts when she was just 18. During her time at TSTC, Greb learned about an internship offered at the California Grill Restaurant located

in Disney’s Contemporary Resort, an award-winning gourmet style restaurant that offers guests an enchanting view of Magic Kingdom. She began her internship as a line cook and, through hard work and determination, eventually became a chef’s assistant at Cinderella’s Royal Table. Cinderella’s Royal Table, located in the middle of the park inside the Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, offers “fairytale dining” for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant is adorned with high archways, leadedglass windows, grand light fixtures, and even a coat of arms and medieval flags; guests are captivated by real-life princesses who act as servers and offer a fine dining experience. As a chef’s assistant, Greb’s daily duties include managing foods served in Cinderella’s Royal Table, along with comparing foods at other restaurants within the park to ensure all customers have the best culinary experience possible. Greb said her degree at TSTC changed her life because with the dual credit program, she was able to graduate almost two years before her peers, which inevitably gave her a

head start in the industry. Although Greb said she would eventually like to return to Texas, she noted she is open to all opportunities that come her way. Reflecting on her time at TSTC, Greb said it gave her a balanced education. Instead of specializing in one area, she was able to learn a host of skills that were extremely beneficial — especially working at Cinderella’s Royal Table, she said. Most of her peers gravitate toward specializations in either hot food or pastries. Greb recommended the TSTC Culinary Arts Department to anyone because it offers “a rounded solid foundation.” “Even though no school teaches a student absolutely everything they need to know about the real-world workforce, TSTC comes close!” Greb said. Greb is especially grateful to TSTC and the faculty and staff of the Culinary Arts department. “I wouldn’t be here without you,” she said. “I would like to thank everyone for putting in the extra hours when I had questions and for always believing in me.”

Campus Q&A

Q&A with Dr. Becky Musil TSTC Provost In her new role as TSTC Provost, Dr. Becky Musil combines her involvement in STEM outreach with her focus on connecting TSTC with influencers in local communities. To contact Dr. Musil, email her at

How is TSTC playing a part in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math education? Right now robotics is our biggest initiative. We host the Heart of Texas BEST Robotics competition each fall and have several schools competing, both at the high school and junior high level. We picked BEST because of the wide range of skills. You literally start with raw materials and build a robot. There’s room for lots of ccreativity cr eativity and room to make mistakes. A llott of times our scho lo schools teach that there i a right answer and is an a wrong answer. I don’t think that en encourages lifelong learning. With BEST, learn le sstudents tud make misttakes, ake which sometimes turn out be advantages tu as they modify m and improve ttheir th eir designs. desi If everyone did i the “right” way, you it llose ose the importance of the engineering design process. p pr o It’s subjective aand it gives these an kids a place to excel k eeven through ffailures. a

It’s not so much that robotics is the main focus, though that is a great career field, it’s all the skills students learn through the competition. They learn soft skills like project management, working in a team and doing presentations. Also, they learn about career paths in several engineering fields like programming, machining and electrical engineering, and that these careers are attainable for them. The motivation and sense of belonging from activities like this is amazing. It’s similar to sports, but this is more likely to lead them to a viable career and they’re going to make good money doing it.

Why is STEM education so important? STEM is important because it’s our pathway for the next generation of TSTC students. Our goal is to get them involved as early as fifth grade and even younger. It’s one thing to take a tour of campus, but if students get their hands on technology, they gain confidence in their ability to do science, technology, engineering and math. The bottom line is about finding students’ strengths and encouraging them.

Any success stories you would like to share? Sure! At another BEST Hub I heard a story about a team of students who were pulled from the competition by their principal for disciplinary reasons after the third week. The lead teacher recruited a whole new team of students at the last minute to complete the robot and go to the competition the next week. One of the students he had never met or even heard of — and this is in a small school. The student really came out of his shell through the competition and excelled. By the end of the year, each teacher from the school chose him as the outstanding student of the year. He just needed that opportunity to shine and BEST gave it to him.

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As Provost, I meet with elected officials, community leaders and groups like chambers and economic development corporations. The goal is positioning TSTC to help growing communities with their technical training needs. That’s how we grow, too. I think of my role as building relationships and partnerships with key influencers in communities and connecting them with the right people at TSTC to get their needs met. It’s a lot of networking.

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What’s involved in your role as Provost?


Remember When

remember when


Mystery Mosaic: An ornate mosaic now featured in the Col. James T. Conally Aerospace Center terminal has its origin during the Air Force base days of the TSTC campus. It was originally located on the exterior of the officer’s club on the James Connally Air Force Base. Not much is known about the mosaic’s story or even the year it was installed. It underwent some restoration when it was moved to the building last fall, and now stands as a tribute to TSTC’s proud history. If you know any details about the mosaic’s history, please contact Autumn Outlaw via email at

Event Photos

people & places

Scan this QR code to see more  event photos on TSTC’s Flickr:

Col. James T. Connally Aerospace Center Dedication

Jim Rowland talks about the airport’s history. Chancellor Reeser addresses the crowd.

Attendees hear from speakers at the dedication.

Groundbreaking at EWCHEC

Dr. Stuckly and Temple College President Dr. Barron at the groundbreaking.

Shovels stand at the ready.

Officials break ground at the new site.

Graduates Marissa Collins and Amy Wurtele. Graduates celebrate near the end of the ceremony.

Recent Student Events

Softball intramurals

Xbox Tournament

Mike Torres Leadership Award winner E’dee Stout with TSTC’s Nanette Torres.

Phi Theta Kappa induction


Summer 2012 Graduation



TSTC Magazine Fall 2012 (updated)  
TSTC Magazine Fall 2012 (updated)  

The official Texas State Technical College Waco magazine.