Meet Tara Zekavat, the new director of student recruitment at Texas State Technical College in Fort Bend County, which will officially open the doors to its new campus in August 2016.
“TSTC has been treating me amazing,” said Zekavat. “The teamwork is so impressive and I’m ready to work hard at letting folks know of the great educational opportunities TSTC is bringing to the area.”
Zekavat comes to TSTC with more than 18 years of experience in higher education. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Ferdowsi University in Mashhad, Persia. Zekavat then moved to Houston in 2009 to pursue a Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education from the University of Houston-Victoria.
Upon arriving in the United States, Zekavat was hired as an instructor for Wharton County Junior College’s adult education program and a few years later was promoted to Instructional Supervisor for the same department. Prior to relocating, she worked as an instructor in Persia for 12 years.
Zekavat said she was ready to make the move from instructor to recruiter when she applied with TSTC. She said her teaching and supervisory duties gave her the experience she needed in working closely with instructors, providing departmental resources and trainings, and working orientations at different schools.
“I felt confident in my skills when I applied for this recruitment position,” said Zekavat. “I was also ready to make the move to TSTC. Their growth was impressive to me and I had to at least attempt to join the team.”
The experience and contacts Zekavat has made while working with different schools in Fort Bend and surrounding counties will help her spread TSTC’s message and inform students and parents on what TSTC has to offer.
“My goal is to reach as many students as possible because there is interest. Students are asking questions,” said Zekavat. “I’m going to continue reaching out to high school counselors and informing them of our new campus which will have bigger labs, bigger classrooms and will be ready to be filled with their students wanting to pursue a technical education.”
Zekavat, who is also a single mother to a nine-year old son, said she wants to share the same advice she will someday tell her son when he is preparing for college.
“Be opened minded about TSTC,” said Zekavat. “One-year certificate or two-year associate degree programs are a way to reach an educational and career goal faster, while spending less on tuition. We need students and parents to realize TSTC is here to give them the skills needed to find jobs opportunities out in the workforce.”
Registration for summer and fall semester begins April 4. Apply anytime online at tstc.edu. For more information on new programs or registration at Fort Bend County call 281-239-1548. Or to apply for one of 60 jobs opening on the new Fort Bend campus, please visit www.tstc.jobs.