(Waco) Texas State Technical College is helping Texas position for economic recovery, taking steps to ensure prosperity and hope for Texans entering the workforce or retooling for the hightech economy. Mike Harder, who joined TSTC in 2005 will join the resource development effort to enhance TSTC’s financial partnerships with local business, industry, and individuals as a central strategy to support the economic recovery. Harder will be working cooperatively with Carliss Hyde, Executive Director of the TSTC Waco Office of Sponsored Programs, and TSTC Waco President Dr. Elton E. Stuckly, Jr. in a development effort in support of the Waco campus’ programs in Culinary Arts, Aviation, and Workforce Advancement.
“I’m excited to be a part of the college’s efforts of diversifying its funding, strengthening its relationships with community and industry partners, and creating pathways to ensure success for students,” said Harder.
Together with Tara Odom, Ph.D., Harder will lead the Workforce Advancement element of the effort, an effort to increase donations of cash, scholarships, and in-kind gifts for the Waco college. The two will primarily be focusing on building The TSTC Fund — Textbooks, Scholarships, Tools, and Cash, a key component of the Waco campus development effort. Such assistance can be used to help more students successfully complete and enter the Texas workforce.
According to Area Development Online, “The Lone Star State is unquestionably leading U.S. recovery. More than half of U.S. net new jobs created from August 2009–2010 were in Texas, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In November 2010, Texas had the lowest unemployment rate (8.2 percent) among the 10 largest states. And over the past year, Texas led the nation in energy, manufacturing, aerospace, professional and business services, and financial sector job growth.