Virtual event to showcase women in tech programs and non-traditional careers

FROM LEFT: Ruth Smith, a TSTC Power Lineworker Technology student, will be recognized as a role model for the TSTC Advocacy and Resource Center’s 2022 Women in Technology event. TSTC Automotive Technology Student Hannah Pryor will be recognized as a role model for the TSTC Advocacy and Resource Center’s 2022 Women in Technology event. TSTC alumnus Maria Lara Herrera will be recognized as a role model by the TSTC Advocacy and Resource Center for its 2022 “Women in Technology” event. (TSTC photos)
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HARLINGEN, Texas – To celebrate International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, the Resource and Advocacy Center at Texas State Technical College will be hosting a webinar titled “Women in Tech” that will feature some of its current and former students in technical programs and non-traditional careers. The free event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event will feature Maria Lara Herrera, a TSTC Precision Machining Technology alumnus, Ruth Smith, a TSTC Power Line Technology student at the Harlingen campus, and Hannah Pryor, a TSTC Automotive Technology student. on the Waco campus.

Herrera is a tool service technician with the manufacturing company Trico Products in Brownsville.

A former Progreso resident who now lives in Brownsville, Herrera earned three Associate of Applied Science degrees at TSTC: Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics Technology, Precision Machining Technology, and Building Construction Technology.

Smith, from San Benito, is a first-semester student in TSTC’s Power Lineworker Technology program at the Harlingen campus. She got on this career path through the guidance of her husband, who is a professional lineman.

She is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Powerline Technology.

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“I feel accomplished and proud to be able to do this program,” she said.

Smith’s motivation is to maintain a positive mindset. She added that her advice to other women interested in a technical career is not to think twice.

Pryor, from Waco, is a fourth-semester student in TSTC’s Automotive Technology program on the Waco campus. Her father, who is a professional truck driver, motivated her to enroll in the program.

She is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology.

“I’m honored to be recognized for my hard work,” she said. “I love old vehicles and thought it would be cool to learn how they work. It’s been a rewarding process so far.

Pryor pointed out that women have the same ability to excel in these areas as men.

“The connections I had at TSTC were great opportunities for business programs,” she said. “One of those connections is the invitation to this ‘Women in Technology’ event.”

Melissa Morman, TSTC Regional Director of Student Recruitment for the Harlingen campus, will be the event’s emcee.

“This event is critical to encouraging more people to join our growing technologies and to getting more Texas into high-paying jobs,” she said.

Interested individuals can register for the “Women in Technology” event at tstc.edu/wit. Additionally, TSTC representatives from the automotive technology, precision machining technology and

Powerline Technician Technology programs will share information on salaries, internships, and demand for these career industries.

To learn more about TSTC, visit tstc.edu.

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