Adults invited to learn how to earn a degree in manufacturing

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13 Apr 2023

TX FAME Lone Star, workforce

Seguin, TX, USA / Seguin Today
Cindy Aguirre

Informational event to be held tonight
(Guadalupe County) – If you are looking to secure a degree in the manufacturing industry then tonight’s information session at the Central Texas Technology Center might just be the place in which to start.

The Texas State Technical College (TSTC) and the TX FAME Lone Star Chapter announce a preview event at the chapter’s FAME Technical Center located inside of the technology facility located in northern Guadalupe County.

This event will serve as an informational session and tour for all individuals and their families who are interested in a career in advanced manufacturing and are available to begin courses in August 2023.

Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (TX FAME) is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement dual-track, apprenticeship-style training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. Industry leaders say the purpose of TX FAME is to be catalyst for developing world-class technical talent for manufacturing. They say that TX FAME strives to be a conduit between industry and training providers with a primary focus on meeting the needs of manufacturers.

Chapter President Jason Dinscore says TX FAME Lone Star Chapter (LSC) students have the opportunity to earn a degree with little or no debt and gain experience that starts their future off on the right foot.

“This hands-on, paid experience is ideal for all. Women, military veterans, incumbent manufacturing technicians, graduating seniors — the sky’s the limit,” said Dinscore.

TX FAME Lone Star Chapter participants attend classes two days a week and work at a sponsoring manufacturer for a competitive wage and a minimum of 24 hours each week.

This work-and-learn format gives students the opportunity to immediately apply what they learn on campus in a real-world setting at work. Students who complete the five-semester Advanced Manufacturing Technician program receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and often graduate with zero student-loan debt.

 The program also addresses common workplace behavior issues that may frustrate employers by incorporating critical personal skills into the curriculum. Behaviors including attendance, communication, diligence, teamwork, interpersonal relations, and initiative are emphasized both in the classroom and at the workplace.

With the practical skills gained during their paid work experience, TX FAME LSC graduates frequently take full-time positions with their sponsoring companies. Graduates can also continue their education toward bachelor’s degrees in engineering. 

TX FAME Lone Star is currently accepting applications for its first cohort launching in fall 2023.

The application is available online at To be considered for the program, an applicant must have a high school diploma or GED and meet minimum requirements on standardized tests in English, math and reading.

Among the companies that students in the program can work for are Alamo Industrial (Seguin, Texas), Caterpillar Inc. (Seguin and Schertz, Texas), Cavco Industries (Seguin, Texas), CMC Steel Texas (Seguin, Texas), Continental (New Braunfels, Texas), Detex Corp. (New Braunfels, Texas), Minigrip (Seguin, Texas), Hexcel (Seguin, Texas), H-E-B (San Antonio, Texas), Republic Plastics (Seguin, Texas), Texas Tito’s (New Braunfels, Texas) and Vitesco Technologies (Seguin, Texas).

TSTC is a coeducational two-year institution of higher education offering courses of study in technical vocational education for which there is demand within the state of Texas.

The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) network is employer-led chapters sponsoring students through a work/learn model over five semesters in conjunction with a college partner.

The informational night will be held today from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Texas Technology Center located at 2189 FM 758 New Braunfels TSTC recruiters will be on-site to assist anyone wanting to begin their application.

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