Texas State Technical College (TSTC) was created in 1965 as the James Connally Technical Institute (JCTI) of Texas A&M University to meet the state’s evolving workforce needs. This first campus was located at the former James Connally Air Force Base in Waco. At the time, Governor John Connally predicted that it would be "the most sophisticated technical-vocational institute in the country."
In 1967, JCTI expanded to include a south Texas campus in Harlingen. In 1969, the college separated from Texas A&M and became an independent state system with a new name, Texas State Technical Institute (TSTI) and its own Board of Regents. Additional campuses were created in 1970 in Amarillo in the Panhandle of Texas and in Sweetwater in West Texas. As the demand for quality technical education continued to grow, extension centers were established in McAllen (1983), Abilene (1985), Breckenridge (1989), Brownwood (1991) and Marshall (1991). TSTI was renamed Texas State Technical College in 1991 and the TSTC campus in Marshall began serving the needs of East Texas. In 1999, the Marshall extension center was officially designated a stand-alone campus by the Texas Legislature, and it became known as Texas State Technical College Marshall. In 2001, the Fort Bend campus opened its doors.
In 2011, the Legislature redefined the TSTC West Texas campus as one that serves West Texas with four strategically positioned, permanent locations at Sweetwater, Abilene, Breckenridge and Brownwood. That same year, the Ingleside campus opened. In 2013, the Texas Legislature authorized the creation of a Marshall extension center in Ellis County creating TSTC Marshall North Texas Extension Center also known as TSTC North Texas. The East Williamson County campus also opened in 2013.
Among the advancements TSTC has made recently is the move to integrate all 10 campuses in order to pursue single accreditation and align programs to better serve the state. TSTC is the only college in Texas 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. TSTC is currently celebrating 50 years of service to the state of Texas. To date, TSTC has graduated more than 100,000 students into the state workforce.
Today, Texas State Technical College has campuses in Abilene, Breckenridge, Brownwood, Fort Bend County, Harlingen, Marshall, North Texas, Sweetwater, Waco and Williamson County.
TSTC is the only state-supported multiple campus technical college in Texas. With a statewide role and mission, TSTC is efficiently and effectively helping Texas meet the high-tech challenges of today’s global economy, in partnership with business and industry, government agencies and other educational institutions. Among TSTC’s strengths are its emphasis on “learning by thinking and doing” and its strong relationships with business and industry, state-of-the-art laboratories, residential campuses and student-centered philosophy:
“We believe in people. We believe people desire to be responsible and productive citizens. We believe technology is a force to be explored and channeled by people in a productive and responsible manner for the benefit of all humankind. Therefore, we believe all people should be provided with the educational opportunity to learn the skills necessary to perform meaningful work and, thereby, pursue their goals as responsible citizens contributing to the welfare and success of their families, communities, state, nation and world.”