Progreso West Elementary students make college-bound pledge

Progresso West Elementary students raise STC’s College Bound Flag.

On May 24, Progresso West Elementary held a flag raising ceremony in honor of a pledge the students made to themselves, their teachers and their families – that they would one day go to college. The ceremony was part of South Texas College’s Operation College Bound Program, which is geared at creating a college-going culture in the counties STC serves.

“Part of creating a college-going culture is helping students and their families understand that it’s never too early to start thinking about going college,” explained STC President Shirley A. Reed. “We hope that students remember every day that they can do anything they set their minds to. Going to college is no longer just an option, it’s imperative in a highly-competitive global economy.”

During the ceremony, students raised STC’s College Bound Flag in front of school principle Diana Dominguez, STC’s Reed, and Progreso ISD Superintendant Fernando Castillo. The flag will serve as a reminder to Progresso West Elementary students of their pledge. Students also attended a special breakfast that included a question and answer session with STC administrators. Students learned more about going to college and all that STC offers.

“At STC, we have more than 100 certificate and degree program options students can choose from, so there is something at our college for every single student,” she said. “At STC you can get on your way to being a writer, a business person, an architect, a doctor, nurse or whatever you want to be in life. The choice is up to you. We provide the opportunity and it’s up to you to make the most of it, but we are here to offer whatever guidance we can to make sure you stay on the path to college.”

For more information about STC’s Operation College Bound Program contact Kim McKay, STC interim dean of enrollment services, at 956-872-2096 or

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