In March 1985, the Abilene Center of Texas State Technical College opened its doors for 35 students enrolled in three programs. The mission of the Abilene Center was to provide technical education and training to meet the needs of business and industries in Abilene, Taylor County and beyond.
The college quickly outgrew its first home and the search began to find larger facilities. As a result, the Development Corporation of Abilene acquired and renovated the former West Texas Medical Center building. Today, the campus includes the center and the School of Aviation Technologies, housed in a newly renovated hangar at the Abilene Regional Airport.
The Abilene Center also includes the TSTC Corporate College. The Center now consists of 60,000 square feet of useable space for instructional, administrative and support services, as well as 13.5 acres of land.
TSTC West Texas Abilene offers an environment small enough to provide quality instruction along with the feeling of belonging to a family where staff and faculty know you by name!
Abilene, home to 115,000 friendly people, preserves the traditional heritage of the old West while providing all the advantages of a contemporary city. Abilene offers many choices for the fine arts aficionado. Enjoy traveling exhibits from around the world at the Grace Museum’s Art Center, West Texas life recreated from 1910 to 1945 in the History Museum or the Children’s Museum. You can also experience the western frontier at Buffalo Gap Historic Village, south of Abilene, and Frontier Texas! Showcasing art, sculpture and photography is the Center for Contemporary Arts. The “Golden Age” of movies comes alive at the historic Paramount Theatre. Bringing music to all ages is the Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra featuring classical and pops concerts by world-renowned guest artists. TSTC students may also enjoy wildlife housed at the Abilene Zoo where a 13-acre complex compares habitats of the American Southwest with similar regions of Africa.
Students who excel academically are inducted into Beta Zeta Psi, a local Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Members of this organization may be candidates for scholarships and have recognition in the national listing of Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.
Regardless of your interest, you will find an activity to make your days at TSTC West Texas Abilene enjoyable as well as educational.