Instructors earn special NIMS certificate

South Texas College staff at a special recognition to honor recipients of the National Institute for Metalwork Skills Certificate of Special Merit. From left are STC President Shirley A. Reed; Pete Garza, chair of STC’s Precision Manufacturing Technology Program; Esmeralda Adame, STC PMT instructor; Harold Bernard, STC PMT instructor; Daniel Morales, STC PMT instructor; Gerald Stinson, STC NIMS program manager; Telesforo De La Cruz, STC PMT instructor; and Mario Reyna, STC division dean of business and technology.

By: South Texas College's NIMS Center Texas continues to lead the nation in sustaining and creating new jobs. One major contributor may be because of how well the Rio Grande Valley is performing compared to many other regions in the state. Collectively, Valley business, industry and education partners continually seek new ways to innovate, maintaining high standards while minimizing costs, showing that the key is workforce training and innovation, particularly in the area of manufacturing. The region continues to pave new ways for hands-on training and seeks new certifications to set … Read More …

Advanced manufacturing talent pipeline runs through Rio South Texas region

Paul Curtin (forefront), vice president and director of Hunt Valley Development, and Keith Patridge, president and CEO of the McAllen Economic Development Corporation, discuss NAAMREI with representatives of the Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. Curtin and Patridge were part of a NAAMREI team that visited the park.

The first step in creating a world class advanced manufacturing region starts with creating a talent pipeline. That pipeline is flowing through the Rio South Texas region thanks to the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative."We're developing human capital to form the talent pipeline," explained Wanda Garza of South Texas College, who serves as the executive officer for NAAMREI, a consortium that stretches across seven Mexican border counties from Laredo to Brownsville. Garza said the community colleges, universities, public schools and other education … Read More …