President Barack Obama came to Manor, a small town east of Austin with a high-tech reputation, to promote his hopes that those types of jobs will help strengthen the nation's economy.
He is on what the White House has dubbed a "Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity" tour.
On Thursday morning, an auditorium jammed with students, teachers and parents erupted in cheers and applause when the President said, "As you can see, my first stop was Manor New Tech!"
Manor New Technology High School has drawn national attention for its integrated approach to teaching by combining traditional subjects with STEM courses in science, technology, engineering and math.
He said as a result, most, if not all, of its graduates have gone on to college.
Obama told the crowd, "There are terrific things going on in Manor and other communities that are models for the rest of the nation to follow."
The President's next stop was an example of the type of high-tech jobs that he said can benefit the middle class.
He visited Applied Materials in Manor, a company that makes machines producing silicon chips.
As he toured Applied Materials, the president marveled at the technology on display - calling it magic, precise and cutting edge.
He says that's exactly what the American economy needs - growth that is innovative and dynamic and puts American workers and their needs first.
He says he sees three ways to start getting that done.
"No. 1, We have to make America a magnet for good jobs. Two, we need to help people get the skills to get those jobs. Three, we need to make sure hard work is rewarded with wages that allow people to make a decent living."