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South Texas College welcomes new trustees

Victoria Cantu and Rene Guajardo take oath of office; outline priorities for first terms   South Texas College’s newest trustees say they have students’ best interests at heart, and through their work on the Board will strive to put policies in place that will make them as competitive as possible in the working world. At a packed house attended by current trustees, community leaders, and supporters, Victoria Cantu and Rene Guajardo were both sworn into the STC Board of Trustees on May 29. Attendees at the event included state Rep. Sergio Munoz Jr., D-Palmview; Hidalgo County … Read More …

South Texas College celebrates dynamic year for dual students

College leverages partnerships with school districts to instill college-going culture   Growing up, Chelsey Sandoval recalls her first glimpse into a prospective nursing career while caring for her grandfather. Sandoval said her grandfather had been an amputee since before she was born and often needed constant care from family members. By the time she was old enough, Sandoval said she did her part to offer aid when he required. “Just being around him and taking care of him has always been something that’s in me,” Sandoval said. “Because of that, it was natural to begin … Read More …

South Texas College trustee Rose Benavidez takes oath of office for third term

Rose Benavidez says priorities in her third term will focus on aligning new programming with the necessary training for current workforce demands. Initiatives including STC’s pilot program for a free healthcare clinic at the Mid-Valley Campus are programs she said she would like to replicate in Starr County. STC held an oath of office ceremony for Benavidez, trustee for the college’s District 1 on May 24. Benavidez’s district encompasses all of Starr County along with all of its communities. Addressing a packed house attended by leaders from the college, administrators, staff, and … Read More …

South Texas College opens new Nursing Allied Health expansion

The new facility and simulation hospital will enable STC to produce 450 additional nurses a year, more than double the current amount, administrators say   Speaking to a packed house at the opening of South Texas College’s newest medical learning facility, alumnus Angel Arjona recalls his determination to enter the medical field beginning as a child growing up in La Joya. As a high school student in 2007, Arjona said he began taking dual enrollment courses that enabled him to transfer into the nursing program at South Texas College. A first-generation graduate, Arjona said … Read More …

3rd annual Recognition Ceremony for Retiring Faculty and the 1st award for Professor Emeritus

  Retiring faculty members were honored during the institution’s 3rd annual Retiring Faculty Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, April 26, at the Rainbow Room in the library. Combined, the 10 retiring faculty members contributed close to 160 years of dedicated service to STC, its students, and the local community.   Retiring faculty members included : Robert Almon, Accounting for a total of 10 years of service Rodrigo Garcia, Automotive Technology with a total of 17 years of service Jeffery Berry, Political Science with a total of 19 years of service Dominic “Nick” … Read More …

South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Location of 1966 Farm Workers Movement Historical Marker

The Starr County Industrial Foundation together with former members of the United Farm Workers Movement and members of La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE) held an unveiling ceremony for a historical marker commemorating the birthplace of the 1966 Farm Workers Movement at the South Texas College (STC) Starr County Campus. The Movement that originated in Starr County over 5 decades ago began when farm workers made demands in regards to better wages and improved working conditions. To highlight their efforts, the farmers left the fields they worked on to protest the poor working conditions and … 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 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 …