Although Texas State Technical College (TSTC) does not maintain an office in Washington DC, the Government Affairs team actively monitors federal issues affecting the College, including legislation involving education, financial aid, veterans, workforce training and economic development. Changes in the GI Bill and veteran housing allotments, for example, can have a big impact on the quality of life for TSTC’s large veteran population.
Aviation and airport issues occupy a disproportionate share of the Government Affairs team’s time at the federal level. Unlike most colleges, TSTC owns its own airport which supports a large aerospace program. The TSTC Waco Airport has two parallel runways with an 8,600-foot primary runway supported by a Control Tower, which is operational seven days a week and staffed by FAA-certified Contract Air Traffic Controllers. Thus, the airport alone encompasses multiple issues that are highly subject to federal regulations.
The Office of Government Affairs also monitors and, when needed, coordinates meetings and conferences in the Washington area for various TSTC departments and/or personnel-related to instructional programs or federal grants. Largely through TSTC’s Center for Employability Outcomes (C4EO), the College has been a frequent presenter and thought leader at national conferences for major associations and policy groups. C4EO is a division within TSTC focused on research, development and commercialization and purposed to optimize student employability. C4EO develops solutions to capture the skill requirements of industry and to align them with educational offerings. The result is a more qualified workforce for industry and better job placement outcomes for graduates.