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Off-campus debit card program starts strong

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Louisiana Tech University students Shelby Steffeck, left, and Carolyn Simon, right, purchase their meal at Hot Rod’s Bar-B-Q with their Tech Express cards. Hot Rod’s is one of 29 businesses in the area accepting the card

More than 10,000 students are back on Louisiana Tech University’s campus for Fall Quarter, and, thanks to a move by the school, those students’ economic impact in the area will be having many area businesses wishing for an even higher enrollment in winter.

Starting last month, Tech expanded the use of student-issued Tech Express debit and ID cards to many businesses off-campus around Ruston, bringing a smile to students and business owners lucky enough to have a machine taking the cards in their establishment.

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