The Emergency Medical Services program at Texas State Technical College will soon be offering certificate and associate degrees – a move that will help the increased demand for skilled paramedics in the region and the state.

The new accreditation will allow eligible students to use financial aid for tuition, books and supplies. 

“This is a way for us to better meet student needs and industry demand,” said Salvador Acevedo, TSTC EMS program director and advanced coordinator. “So this is a great move for our program.”

Welding Technology was recently ranked number seven in 2018 as one of the best welding programs in the U.S. by Washington Monthly, a bimonthly nonprofit magazine based in Washington, D.C. that focuses on the United State Government.

Welding Technology and Precision Machining Technology Lead Instructor Isaac Gonzalez calls this distinction a great honor.

“We have a great team in place that is experienced and well educated in the welding field,” said Gonzalez. “Instructors give 110 percent of themselves every day to ensure that our students are successful and this recognition goes to show how their work and dedication has paid off.”

Based on an article in the © 2018 Washington Monthly, “Introduction: A different kind of college ranking,” by Kevin Carey, which can be found at, the magazine rates schools based on three equally weighted criteria: social mobility, research and public service, and awards colleges based on the number of students they accept, help graduate and earn a good living without too much debt.