Last week, nine student-athletes from Wylie High School signed a letter of intent to pursue athletic careers at the college level.

The signing on Wednesday in high school was:

  • Avery Anders, McMurry, football
  • Rylee Moore, Washburn (Kan.), softball
  • Reese Farrar, Lubbock Christian, softball
  • Lane Justice, University of Dallas, baseball
  • Luke Najera, Ouachita, Ark., baseball
  • Sam Walker and Carter Beard, Amarillo College, baseball
  • Brylee Pursley and Katalina Martinez, Hardin-Simmons, volleyball

TSTC’s CDL program gets a boost from local businesses

Texas State Technical College recently honored two Taylor County companies for supporting its professional driving academy.

Circle C Hauling and Dunagin Transport were honored for the donations of two tractor-trailers for the commercial driver’s license program. Circle C also donated a trailer.

TSTC offers the four-week CDL program on the Abilene campus.

Josh Martin, owner of Circle C Hauling, challenged would-be drivers to follow three rules:

  • do the right thing
  • Do everything to the best of your ability
  • Show a caring attitude

“This program is going to be successful,” Martin told TSTC. “You have the ability to change generations.”

The need for heavy-duty and tractor-trailer drivers in Texas is expected to increase 22% by 2030.

Bo Dunagin, President of his company, said, “It’s great to partner with TSTC and place drivers in an industry that is changing so rapidly with technology.

TSTC received two grants to launch the program – $350,000 from Texas Talent Connection and $530,000 from Texas Reskilling and Upskilling Through Education.

The TSTC has been certified as a third-party vocational training program, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Grant helps keep ACU’s Ethnos production going

The Council of Cultural Affairs of Abilene recently awarded $1,500 through its HeARTS for the Arts program to benefit Ethnos, a showcase of international culture at Abilene Christian University.

The program began in 1992 when the International Student Association was established. The group launched what was called a cultural show which highlighted the cultures of ACU students through song, dance, and other performances.

ISA is a “home away from home” for students, said Veronica Summers, international student specialist at ACU.

“Anyone who has ever been part of Ethnos will probably tell you that it was one of the highlights of their college experience,” she said.

This year’s show took place in early November at the new Boone Family Theater on campus.

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