Students at either Midlothian or Midlothian Heritage High Schools, interested in attending dual-credit technical programs may now receive support to offset the majority of the cost, thanks to a partnership between Texas State Technical College (TSTC), Midlothian Independent School District (MISD), and Midlothian Economic Development Corporation (MED).
Beginning in the fall of 2022, dual-credit courses in Diesel Technology, HVAC Technology, and Industrial Systems are being offered at TSTC’s North Texas campus located in Red Oak. Through the program, high school students will take one course per semester during their junior or senior years. After high school graduation, students will transition to TSTC full time where they can earn a certificate in the field of study in two semesters or an Associate of Applied Science degree in three semesters. Upon graduation, students will be positioned for some of the highest demand and better paying jobs in our region.
While students are required to pay their tuition, MISD pays for the facility, instruction, and transportation. Through a $140,000 grant provided by the MED and approved by Midlothian City Council, the first 30 students for each program will receive a free tool kit for the applicable program. Not only will these tools help students while attending TSTC, but as graduates, they also will be able to enter the workforce with the tools provided, rendering them more desirable job candidates. Tool kits range in cost from $710 to $2,700.
“New industrial development in Midlothian has prompted a growing need for a technical workforce,” said David Hurst, MED board chair. “MED was created by Midlothian voters to grow our local economy. Helping to fund job training is one of the ways we can do that,” he explained.
“Midlothian ISD is excited about this partnership,” commented MISD Superintendent Dr. Jo Ann Fey. “It provides opportunities for learning that go beyond traditional classrooms!”