TSC drafting student designing his future with a solid foundation

Texas Southmost College student Cristian Castro went from building Legos as a child to interning with one of Brownsville’s prestigious design firms – B&B Designs.

The 27-year-old is a Computer-Aided Drafting student and expects to graduate this spring with his second associate degree from the college.

He first earned an associate degree in 2019 from TSC’s Architecture program.

“Being a student at TSC has really been a great experience for learning and for growth,” said the Brownsville native. “My confidence has been boosted, enough to apply for internships on my own, and it’s the best chance I’ve ever taken.”

Castro has been an intern with B&B Designs for nearly one year.

“I’ve come a long way from my Legos,” Castro laughed. “I’m learning so much and getting to apply everything I’m learning in the classroom. It’s been such an eye opener.”

As an intern, Castro designs and renders three-dimensional models for the firm and its clients.

“The training I’m receiving at TSC has led to this great opportunity,” said Castro. “It validates that this is what I’m meant to be doing. I’m working toward a career that I love because of the foundation TSC has helped me build.”

Castro added that every instructor he’s had, from Architecture to Computer-Aided Drafting, has also influenced his success.

“Each one of my instructors has pushed me to do better, aim higher, work harder and become a better me,” he said. “In high school, I learned about robotics and engineering to set me up for this, and TSC has shaped me for who I will become tomorrow.”

Upon graduating this semester from TSC, Castro plans on transferring to a four-year university in San Antonio or Lubbock to pursue his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Architecture with the goal of becoming a licensed architect.

“I plan on gaining as much experience as I can so that one day I can be my own boss and open my own firm,” said Castro. “I have big dreams and both of my worlds right now, TSC and B&B, are shaping me for this.”

To learn more about TSC’s Architecture and Computer-Aided Drafting programs, visit tsc.edu.