Gov. Greg Abbott ‘welds’ a bit of humor into higher ed discussion

Gov. Greg Abbott had a rather clever line Tuesday in the portion of his state of the state address devoted to higher education. Alas, my colleague Jonathan Tilove tells me the governor has used it before.

The moment came as Abbott spoke of how a two-year certificate or degree, as opposed to a four-year degree, can suit some people just fine. He gave the example of Justin Friend, who earned a two-year welding credential from Texas State Technical College in Waco and made about $140,000 during his second year in the business.

“I’m thinking if this governor thing doesn’t work out, I’m going to TSTC and getting myself a welding certificate,” Abbott said.

Author: Ralph K.M. Haurwitz

Ralph K.M. Haurwitz covers higher education for the Austin American-Statesman.

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