Veteran services

Student praises Veterans Services efforts

TSTC HVAC student Adalberto “Beto” Mata Jr. wires a basic electrical circuit during a recent lab session. (Photo courtesy of TSTC.)
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HARLINGEN, Texas – Texas State Technical College is known for its Military Friendly School designation. For U.S. Army Veteran Adalberto “Beto” Mata Jr., he thanks TSTC Veteran Services for the smooth running of his college journey.

“TSTC Veterans Services Representative (Maricela) Zepeda is exceptional at her job and the overall process was seamless,” Mata said. “Every question I asked, she provided clarification. I recommend TSTC to any veteran because of its simple process. »

During Mata’s military service, he brainstormed ideas for starting his own real estate business.

This business plan motivated Mata to pursue a Certificate of Completion in Building Construction – Craftsman at TSTC’s Harlingen campus in January. He waits three classes to complete his certificate. Now he is pursuing an HVAC Technician Certificate of Completion at the same campus to align his goals.

“Everything I’m learning is in sync with my real estate goals,” he said. “I want to learn everything about a building from scratch, starting with the foundation.”

Steve Guevara, director of veteran services for TSTC, said it’s important his team provides excellent customer service to make a veteran’s transition smoother.

“TSTC’s Veterans Services and Veterans Center was created as a one-stop shop,” Guevara said. “Our department provides assistance with applications such as admissions, federal and state education benefits, financial aid, and scholarships. We provide information on educational benefits for veterans and their dependents. We also navigate the admissions process and find internal and external resources that will ensure our students’ educational success at TSTC. »

Guevara said there are a number of federal and state education benefits available to service members, veterans and their dependents.

“There are unique eligibility requirements, and these can be viewed by visiting the TSTC Veteran Services webpage at,” he said.

Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except holidays. Contact Veterans Services at 956-364-4387 for more information.

At its Harlingen campus, TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in HVAC Technology and Certificates of Completion in HVAC Technician, HVAC Technology, and Residential HVAC Service Technician.

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