Student of the Week: Susana Adams

Immersed in culture, and brandishing a deep affection for writing and literature, Susana Adams says her appreciation for the languages of the world will take her far into a career as an international translator for the United Nations. Born in McAllen, Susana is a graduate from Mission Veterans Memorial High School. Of mixed European descent, she said she is part French, Spanish and German. Now studying world languages, Susana said she is fluent in Spanish and French. “This is why I love languages,” Susana said. “My grandmother is from Bordeaux in France, and she had a really hard … Read More …

McAllen’s Reynaldo G. Garza Elementary School recognizes South Texas College during its College Day, Sept. 14

Kindergarten students at Reynaldo G. Garza Elementary in McAllen have selected South Texas College as their featured school during College Day, Sept. 14, 2017. Students will arrive to school on that day proudly displaying t-shirts from STC, recognizing the college for its role in the community. “Every Thursday at our campus, we celebrate and honor college day by making sure the kids bring in shirts or jerseys with their favorite college,” said Garza Principal Nancy Valenzuela. “Kinder decided to recognize STC, and we are very excited that we were contacted by the college, which donated … Read More …

In remembrance of September 11, South Texas College honors our serving men and women and first responders

Veteran McAllen Police Officer George Villarreal remembers the impact he felt when the planes hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.  As someone who has attended many funerals for fallen officers, Villarreal said it feels similar to losing a family member even if they have never met in person. “As police officers, just like in the military, we don’t run away from trouble we run towards it. That’s our job,” Villarreal said. “It’s not about the glory or being heroes, it’s what we feel we have to do. We are a very close family.” A veteran of the McAllen Police Department, … Read More …

Student of the week: Obed Garcia

Following many years of job experience in a variety of fields, Obed Garcia says he most recently put aside a successful career in sales to come back to school after more than 20 years. Self-described as a full-time student and full-time dad, Obed believes it’s never too late to begin a new life. Originally from Laredo, Obed graduated high school in 1997, and shortly after went into the Marines. His many experiences have included a stint with the management team at Sears, a career in international sales with an oilfield company, and opening his commercial landscaping business, which he did … Read More …

South Texas College to host 9/11 ceremonies in campuses across the Valley

South Texas College is inviting the community to join in a day of remembrance for the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. STC will be holding ceremonies at four campuses on Monday Sept. 11.  In McAllen, the Pecan Campus will hold its ceremony at 9 a.m. by the flag poles near Building K. The Technology Campus event will take place by the flag poles near Building B at 11 a.m., and the Nursing and Allied Health Campus will hold its ceremony near the flag poles at 1 p.m. The Mid-Valley campus will hold its ceremony by the North Academic Building G at 9 a.m. STC’s Starr County campus will conduct … Read More …

Student of the week: Juan Manuel Hernandez

Juan Manuel Hernandez talks about his motivation to return to school despite not being a full-time student since he graduated high school in 1978.   Hernandez, 58, is a veteran and former aviation mechanic from 1978 until 1995. Once he retired from the military, Hernandez said he began working at the Evins Juvenile Detention Center in Edinburg where he worked for the next 16 years. “I don’t let it bother me,” Hernandez says of the age gap between him and other students. “I am here to get a better education and to get a better job. South Texas College is here to help and guide me … Read More …

South Texas College given prestigious designation by NSA

Begins its collaboration with the federal government to prepare students seeking to join the high-technology field of cybersecurity   The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated South Texas College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Security Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) institution through 2022. The designation, according to NSA and DHS, emphasizes STC’s role to address the critical shortage of professionals with these skills, and highlights the importance of higher education as a solution to defending America’s … Read More …

STC plays key role in graduating first cohort of community healthcare workers through Valley-wide collaborative effort

South Texas College joined the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M University and United Healthcare to celebrate the first cohort of community healthcare workers who will be on the frontlines in some of the hardest hit areas of the Rio Grande Valley. The students are recent graduates from the South Texas Community Health Worker Training Network, a collaboration between the institutions and the National Rural Health Association to offer training to people who want to serve their neighborhoods as promotores, individuals who serve as liaisons between their communities and … Read More …