Student of the Week: Ilissa Valenciana

Ilissa Valenciana is a student that has set no limits to her career aspirations. A graduate of Rio Grande City High School in 2012, by participating in the DEMSA program (Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy), she was able to graduate high school with an Associate degree in biology. The Academy is designed to encourage area high school students into the health care professions by providing college course-work and health related opportunities that will motivate, educate, and prepare students for higher education in the field of medicine. Now returning back to South Texas College, … Read More …

South Texas College is authorized by Texas Legislature to offer Bachelor of Science in Nursing to registered nurses.

  South Texas College is responding actively to a call for a significant increase in Bachelor-trained nurses by the next decade. The Institute of Medicine, now called the National Academy of Medicine, is recommending at least an 80 percent increase in the number of baccalaureate-prepared nurses in the workforce by 2020. As a result of SB 2118 passed during the 85th Texas Legislative Session and signed by Governor Abbott, South Texas College will now address this demand by offering Bachelor degrees to registered nurses by fall 2018. The Texas Legislature passed SB 2118, and Texas … Read More …

Advanced Manufacturing at STC recognized for excellence by TACTE

The Texas Association of College Education Educators (TACTE) presented its award of excellence to South Texas College in recognition of its Advanced Manufacturing Technology Program in April. TACTE is a professional organization serving workforce education in Texas community and technical colleges. The organization offers activities and services that promote sound and effective workforce education. The award, presented to STC at TACTE’s annual conference, recognizes the program as an “exemplary and innovative” career and technical program in Texas. “The Manufacturing program provides … Read More …

Student of the Week: Christian Adame

Originally from Tamaulipas, Christian Adame says he grew on the ranchlands in Mexico. Often helping his father as a laborer, Christian says his biggest dream was to receive an education and obtain a better quality of life for himself and his family. Fast-forward more than five years, today Christian is a CNC programmer in the making at South Texas College. Arriving to the United States from Mexico when he was a freshman in high school, Christian said he began taking manufacturing classes his junior year and eventually picked up welding. “Coming here to the United States has opened the … Read More …

South Texas College Police Academy Cadets Set to Graduate

After 21 rigorous weeks of training and studying, and passing the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement State Exam, the South Texas College (STC ) Police Academy will be hosting its completion ceremony for 17 cadets who have successfully completed the program and are now ready to become police officers. Among the class are four cadets from the Pharr Police Department and two members of the McAllen Fire Department Fire Marshal’s Office.   WHAT:          Completion Ceremony WHO:             South Texas College Police Academy, 12th Class WHEN:          6 p.m., Thursday, June … Read More …

South Texas College to hold Student and Parent Open House

South Texas College to hold Student and Parent Open House  With classes filling up quickly, high school graduates who earned college hours through the Dual Credit Program are encouraged to attend its next student and parent open house on Saturday, June 24.   Students will receive assistance with developing a degree plan, applying for financial aid, and enrolling for summer and fall courses. Students will also have the opportunity to sign up for the First Year Connection Orientation. The event will take place at the Pecan Campus Student Services building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Even … Read More …

South Texas College receives $223,000 grant from TWC for student training

More than 150 LVN students stand to benefit from grant, which will be used for equipment purchase and installation   As large portions of the population begin to retire, it is expected that there will be 12 million older Americans that will require long term care, according to a 2014 study conducted by the National League for Nursing. Considering that more than 70 percent of care in nursing homes is performed by Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), it is not surprising that the vocational nursing program at South Texas College supplies one of the most high demand occupations in the Lower … Read More …

South Texas College celebrates second cohort of graduating faculty making a difference through STEM-based training

More than 60 educators from across the Rio Grande Valley recently certified by South Texas College are now leaders in Science, Technology Engineering and Math. As the latest graduates from the RGV STEM Faculty Institute, faculty have been charged with guiding students into 21st century STEM careers. Working under the auspices of the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator (TRSDA), 61 faculty members from school districts across the Valley successfully completed intensive professional development training with the intent to enrich students’ learning experience in STEM related fields. “We … Read More …