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HARLINGEN, Texas – With the SkillsUSA State Competition slated for April in Houston, pride and commitment have laid the foundation for many Texas State Technical College students preparing for it.
TSTC student Jeffrey King, from La Feria, will represent the college in aviation maintenance while supporting some of his classmates who will be competing in the same field.
“I prepared for generalized skills,” he said. “Some of them include the timing of the aircraft’s ignition system. Then there are the different types of engines and the types of aircraft propellers, like fixed pitch and adjustable ground.
King graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Airframe Technology from TSTC in the fall of 2021. He is now pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Aircraft Powerplant Technology.
“My perspective on the SkillsUSA state competition is similar to that of a customer asking for their plane’s engine to be repaired,” he said. “I have to figure out how to get the engine running again.”
Leo Guajardo, TSTC Aviation Maintenance Instructor in Harlingen, said he was happy to have King represent his program in the SkillsUSA competition.
“The aviation program has incorporated SkillsUSA expectations, and my expectations are high,” he said. “Jeff is always positive and has a ‘make it happen’ attitude. I know he’ll do just fine.”
Anyssa Huerta, of Harlingen, will represent TSTC in masonry in the SkillsUSA state competition.
“I placed in the top three in masonry in the SkillsUSA competition for Harlingen High School,” she said. “Thanks to this achievement, I won a $1,000 scholarship. Now I am expanding my knowledge of masonry and other areas of TSTC building construction technology. The SkillsUSA competition is a great platform, and I look forward to networking.
Huerta is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Building Construction Technology at TSTC’s Harlingen campus.
The second semester student added that she liked the program because it was an engaging learning experience.
“I watch every detail of my work and get great insight from my instructors,” she said. “It’s a great feeling to know that I’ve built something with my own hands. It’s also why I’m looking forward to the competition.
Rick Vargas, TSTC Building Construction Technology instructor in Harlingen, noted that Huerta was an outstanding student from the start.
“His experience in the high school masonry class showed him a specialized skill in construction,” he said. “It was very helpful for him to make the transition to our program. She will represent us well in the State SkillsUSA competition.
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