South Texas College’s Starr County Campus open for registration

Registration for the upcoming 2018 spring semester is underway at all South Texas College campuses including the Starr County Campus located in Rio Grande City. The campus specializes in high demand and high wage technology programs including new courses in Electrician Technology, Heating, Ventilation AC and Refrigeration (HVAC&R), Automotive Technology, and Precision Manufacturing Technology (PMT). Additionally Starr County’s Welding program has doubled in size due to regional and state demands for the skill. Early payment deadline for spring 2018 is Dec. 13. Normal payment deadline … Read More …

South Texas College Named Among Nation’s Top 150 Community Colleges by Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program named the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Among those selected was South Texas College. The prize is awarded every two years and is the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges. The Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in four areas: learning; certificate and degree completion; employment and earnings; and high levels of access and success for minority and … Read More …

South Texas College welcomes young ambassadors to campus

  South Texas College (STC) held its 5th annual Junior Jaguar Leadership Conference on Dec. 1. The event is intended to train young “ambassadors” about the importance of college so they may pass on the message to their peers in schools across the Valley. Parents were also on hand and participated in workshops like College Knowledge, Financial Literacy and Employability Skills. Elementary students were selected to represent the college, and then tasked with spreading the word to others on the importance of education. The conference has been designed to teach students about … Read More …

STC students accepted into drama programs in universities across Texas

South Texas College had approximately 60 students auditioning for entrance to theater programs at UT-Austin, University of Texas-El Paso, UTRGV, and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. STC’s Drama Department had three students audition and all three received callbacks and invitations to apply to the following universities: David Alvarez received calls backs from UTEP’s BFA program; UT-Austin’s BA and UTeach program; UTRGV’s BA program;TAMU-CC: BA program all in acting. Arjon Bashiri received callbacks from UT-Austin’s BA program and UTRGV’s BA program all in acting. Erick Torres … Read More …

‘STC helped me put my life together’

HIT Alum from South Texas College receives prestigious RHIA certification in health information management Rosie Mendiola Balderas says she has always taken the road less traveled. By not only pursuing a healthcare career, but receiving an information technology degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Health Services Management (MHSM) from South Texas College, she has been able to combine both passions into a career lasting nearly 30 years. Beginning modestly as an executive secretary before diving feet first into IT, Rosie is now the Market Director for South Texas Health Systems’ … Read More …

STC holds first ever Apprenticeship Roundtable

South Texas College held its first apprenticeship roundtable dedicated to uniting partners in higher education institutions, industry and public schools in order to address the lack of skilled workers in the region. The event held in October brought together leaders from the education community, as well as local employers and workforce development staff to engage in dialog about apprenticeship programs, as well as initiating new plans for programs in the future. Speakers included Troy Johnson, Apprenticeship and Training Representative from the U.S. Department of Labor; and Desi Holmes, … Read More …

South Texas College Technology Campus Joins in Celebration of Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is a celebration meant to inspire the next generation of students entering into the industry. This year, South Texas College Manufacturing Technology Department participated in the nationwide celebration with several events beginning on Friday, October 6 and concluding with student site tours on October 27. “The month of October is manufactory month and this is the Technology Campus’s fourth year partaking in MFG Day,” said Esmer, Program Chair and Assistant Professor for Advance Technology.   On October 6 it was National Manufacturing Day in which about 150 students had … Read More …

South Texas College Seeking Partnership with Department of Homeland Security Agencies Ahead of Center Opening

Maintaining security on the border requires the highest level of advanced specialized training. South Texas College has begun a series of law enforcement stakeholder meetings with Hidalgo and Starr County mayors, city managers, police chiefs, and Texas Department of Public Safety Commissioner Cynthia Leon as part of Phase II for its Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence (RCPSE). The latest phase includes the expansion and development of professional continuing education training for federal agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. To accomplish this, STC is … Read More …