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TSTC-Breckenridge to offer new Occupational Safety program this fall

TSTC-Breckenridge to offer new Occupational Safety program this fall
July 23
13:37 2019

Texas State Technical College will offer Occupational Safety Compliance (OSC) Technology at its Breckenridge campus starting this fall, and two current TSTC students can hardly wait to take advantage of it.

Ivan Chavez and Brittoni Thornhill are both students in the Environmental Technology program and are expected to graduate in spring 2020 with their Associate of Applied Science degrees. When they found out that TSTC will offer the OSC program in Breckenridge, they chose to stay an extra semester to earn the second degree.

“It just fit really well with what we learned in the Environmental Technology program, but it goes even further and opens up even more job opportunities,” Chaves said. “I’m excited to learn CPR and go more into emergency-response safety.”

The Environmental Technology program has courses similar to what they will study in the new OSC program. This crossover allows the students to add on only one extra semester of college but graduate with two degrees.

“I was always fascinated with science, and knew I wanted to pursue something in that field,” Thornhill said. “TSTC allowed me to explore the various job opportunities in the field and learn the skills that will make me competitive as I look for jobs or continue my education.”

The program will educate students about Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations within the workplace to keep employees from harm.

“The demand for workers with a safety degree is rising. Employers need safety personnel to manage the workplace so no one gets hurt,” TSTC Environmental Health and Safety instructor Teresa Purcell said.

Purcell encourages anyone who wants to ensure safer work environments to apply.

Registration for the fall semester is underway. For more information, log on to

Story by Sarah Trocolli/Texas State Technical College

Cutline, top photo: Ivan Chavez and Brittoni Thornhill are students enrolled in the Occupational Safety Compliance program at Texas State Technical College’s Breckenridge campus. The program will be offered this fall. (Courtesy Photo)

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