Sen. Ted Cruz visits Texas State Technical College

TSTC Provost Randy Wooten and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz tour TSTC's Brazos Center during a tour and roundtable hosted at the college, where Cruz announced legislation that would benefit TSTC students.

TSTC Provost Randy Wooten and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz tour TSTC's Brazos Center during a tour and roundtable hosted at the college, where Cruz announced legislation that would benefit TSTC students.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, toured Texas State Technical College's Fort Bend County campus April 15 to promote his new legislation aimed at benefiting students who pursue a technical education.

Cruz introduced the Education Freedom Scholarships and Opportunity Act in February and discussed aspects of the proposed bill with TSTC leadership and Fort Bend County industry leaders.

The bill establishes tax credits to encourage individual and corporate taxpayers to make scholarship contributions for education, including workforce training.

"To keep up with the rest of the world and be competitive, we need to continue growing the skilled workforce we need to keep our economy moving forward," Cruz said during remarks. "And this bill, at the end of the day, will match people with their passion and work for the state and its industries."

TSTC Chancellor Mike Reeser said 60% of the jobs in Texas require some kind of education beyond high school, and half of those require only a certificate or two-year degree like the ones offered at TSTC.

"The beauty of hosting you today is the great impact this new bill can have for these students seeking these opportunities," Reeser said to Cruz. "A lot of families struggle to pay for college, and having the opportunity to increase the amounts of scholarships for families is absolutely crucial to us expanding the availability of a skilled workforce."

After the announcement, Cruz toured the campus and spoke one-on-one with program instructors and students.
By Christine Hall
Christine Hall joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2018, and covers Missouri City and Fort Bend ISD. She previously reported on health care innovation for the Texas Medical Center, was a freelancer, and held various news roles at the Houston Business Journal.


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