After 40 years and over 1,600 students, Texas State Technical College Instructor, Jose Vargas has retired.
Mr. Vargas started working for the college in 1977 as an Auto Collision Technology Instructor. At age 78, he said he will miss the work.
“I love my work so much, that it doesn’t feel like work, my efforts here at TSTC have allowed me to educate students while being able to support and provide a college education for my own children.”
Over the years, Vargas has taught many students and has hired former students as faculty for the program.
Instructor Joseph Cantu graduated from the program in 1984. It was Jose Vargas that helped him get his first job. And for almost 20 years they have worked together.
Cantu said of his boss and friend, “I’ve gotten to where I am today because of Jose’s guidance. He’s guided me as a student, an instructor and as a friend. I really don’t know what the program is going to be like without him. It’s hard to imagine.”
One of Vargas’ big accomplishments was bringing the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) to the Rio Grande Valley in 1986. It is a not-for-profit focused on providing everyone involved in collision repair with access to high-quality, industry-recognized training solutions.
In addition to continue working locally with I-CAR, he will have more free time for his wife of 60 years, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and deep-sea fishing.
Mr. Vargas added, “I know I’m leaving the program in good hands, it won’t falter. All I can say is I’m honored to have been part of an organization that has changed so many lives, including mine.”