SB’s Smith featured in TSTC virtual event – San Benito News


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In celebration of International Women’s Day on Tuesday, March 8, Texas State Technical College’s Advocacy and Resource Center hosted a webinar titled “Women in Technology” that showcased some of its current and former students in technical programs and nontraditional careers.

The event featured Maria Lara Herrera, a TSTC Precision Machining Technology alumna, Ruth Smith, a TSTC Electrical Lineworker Technology student at the Harlingen campus, and Hannah Pryor, a TSTC Automotive Technology student at the Waco campus.

Herrera is a tool maintenance technician with 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, of San Benito, is a first-semester student in TSTC’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program at the Harlingen campus. She enrolled in this career path due to advice from her husband, who is a professional lineworker. She is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electrical Lineworker Technology.

“I feel accomplished and proud that I am capable of doing 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, of Waco, is a fourth-semester student in TSTC’s Automotive Technology program at the Waco campus. Her father, who is a professional truck driver, served as her motivation to enroll in the program.
She is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology.

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