Students and teachers react to new TSTC campus

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ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – The new campus of Texas State Technical College is officially open for business. After the first day of classes, the new building is proving successful with staff and students, both new and returning.

EMT student Ryan Tipton took a year of online classes. This is his first year to be in the classroom, and he’s very impressed: “Knowing that there’s a nice room dedicated to EMT, they have simulators for us, and one-sided mirrors where the instructors can watch us, is definitely appealing to me.”

That appeal extends to every area of the college. From all-new industrial equipment, to medical training supplies, to the top-notch welding class area, everything is, as welding instructor Greg Nicholas puts it, “state-of-the-art”.

Even students who already had an idea of what to expect weren’t prepared for just what would await them on the first day. Haley Funderburgh had visited the old campus. “I was expecting kind of the same”, she says. “They did say they had new touches to it, but I didn’t expect quite this advanced.”

Some new staff was brought aboard for the new campus, and they’re excited, too. Daniel Diaz is a TSTC graduate, returned to teach students how to repair industrial equipment. He says, “When you walk into an industrial setting where you’ve got such a great eye appeal and layout, it just draws you into it. If you’re a man’s man who likes to do man’s work, this is perfect.”

Even as class begins, there are a few finishing touches that need to be performed, with supplies still being delivered. With the first day in the books, the new Abilene campus doesn’t disappoint.

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