SB, RH students recognized during NHHM – San Benito News

 TSTC Welding Technology student Gustavo Guerrero (left) of Rio Hondo, Surgical Technology student Joana Yanez of San Benito (center) and HVAC Technology student Nathaniel Alvarado are first-generation Hispanic college students gaining hands-on technical education at TSTC’s Harlingen campus. (Courtesy photo by TSTC)

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HARLINGEN, TX—Pursuing a postsecondary education is a life-changing choice for many individuals that can lead to a better life — especially when that mastery in technical skills begins at Texas State Technical College.

This year, National Hispanic Heritage Month (NHHMN) is observed from Sept. 15 –Oct. 15. It is a celebration of the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the social fabric and achievements of the United States.

The month also provides an opportunity to highlight young people such as Nathaniel Alvarado, Gustavo Guerrero and Joana Yanez, first-generation Hispanic college students at TSTC’s Harlingen campus.

Alvarado, of Weslaco, is studying for an Associate of Applied Science degree in HVAC Technology. The first-semester student said he is learning the foundation of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry.

“My mother has emphasized why pursuing a college education is important,” he said. “I plan to grow my knowledge in this program, graduate and help the community. I would also like to expand my education and study building construction so I can become a well-rounded technician.”

Guerrero, of Rio Hondo, is studying for a certificate of completion in Welding Advanced Pipe Specialization. The fourth-semester student said his father is a role model in his upbringing.

“My father has always been a motivator in my life and in my education at TSTC,” he said. “He wants me to focus on my assignments, improve at my craft and strive to be a professional welder.”

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