WHEREAS, Representatives from Texas State Technical
  College are visiting the State Capitol on April 17, 2013, and
  this occasion provides a fitting opportunity to honor this
  notable institution; and
         WHEREAS, Texas State Technical College was established by
  the 59th Texas Legislature in April of 1965 as the James Connally
  Technical Institute; created in order to meet the state's
  evolving workforce needs, the institute was originally part of
  Texas A&M University and was located on the soon-to-be-closed
  James Connally Air Force Base in Waco; Governor John Connally
  predicted at the time that the institute would become the most
  sophisticated technical-vocational institute in the country; and
         WHEREAS, Today, nearly 50 years later, the Texas State
  Technical College System includes TSTC Harlingen, TSTC Marshall,
  TSTC Waco, and TSTC West Texas, which has campuses in Abilene,
  Breckenridge, Brownwood, and Sweetwater; the system is the only
  state-supported two-year technical college system in Texas, and
  its mission is to help the Lone Star State meet the high-tech
  challenges of the current global economy; and
         WHEREAS, The colleges in the system partner with
  businesses, government agencies, school districts, communities,
  and other colleges to provide students with highly specialized
  technical-vocational courses and occupation-oriented training
  programs that meet the rising demands of Texas industry; such
  collaborations have resulted in additional key centers in Fort
  Bend, Hondo, the Hutto-Taylor area, Ingleside, Pearland, and
  Zapata; and
         WHEREAS, With more than 150 associate of applied science
  degree and certificate options, Texas State Technical College
  serves 12,000 students in credit programs alone, and over its
  nearly 50-year history it has graduated more than 93,500 students
  from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds; its
  students come from 220 of the 254 counties in Texas, and many of
  them have lived in rural areas with limited access to other
  institutions of higher education or workforce training; in
  addition to offering high-quality instruction to these students,
  Texas State Technical College provides an affordable option for
  them as one of Texas' best higher education investments; and
         WHEREAS, With 13 locations across the state and a
  decades-long history of preparing students for success in
  well-paid jobs that further the progress of Texas industry,
  Texas State Technical College has fulfilled Governor
  Connally's prediction and become the most sophisticated
  technical-vocational teaching institution in the country; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas State Technical College System is
  committed to helping its students become skilled leaders in
  tomorrow's workforce, and its efforts are contributing greatly
  to the educational and economic development of our state; now,
  therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 83rd
  Legislature, hereby recognize April 17, 2013, as Texas State
  Technical College Day at the State Capitol and extend to all
  those associated with the system sincere best wishes for
  continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  Texas State Technical College as an expression of esteem from the
  Texas Senate.
  Birdwell, Eltife,
  Lucio, Schwertner
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on April 17, 2013.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate
         Member, Texas Senate
         Member, Texas Senate
         Member, Texas Senate