Student of the Week: Cruz Mata

Returning to school after more than 20 years, Cruz Mata says her experiences in life have shaped her approach to education and where she wants to be in the future. Raising a family and also spending years volunteering her time at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco have enabled her to decide on her path in life. Born in San Juan, Cruz said she was a migrant in high school. She left school after she became married during her senior year, three months before she was slated graduate. “I never was able to go back to school. I had kids, and I put my school on the backburner,” Cruz said. “I … Read More …

Baylor University and South Texas College Announce Partnership on New ‘Baylor Bound’ Transfer Agreement

Agreement will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions Baylor University and South Texas College today announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas. Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland, Ph.D., and South Texas College President Shirley A. Reed, Ed.D., signed the partnership agreement during a ceremony at South Texas College’s Pecan Campus. In alignment with one of its … Read More …

Mini-mesters offer chance to take accelerated college classes during Fall 2016

Think the fall semester has passed you by? Think again! There’s still time to register for classes at South Texas College with dozens of Mini-mester classes beginning in September. Mini-mesters are great for students who were unable to begin the semester in the typical fashion. They’re shorter in length and offer flexibility for a busy schedule. As an extra bonus, students can register for a Mini-mester course right up to the first day of each class. For the fall 2016 semester, mini-mesters are offered in 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12 and 14 week sessions with the first starting on August 29 and the last … Read More …

South Texas College and Weslaco East High School promote college-ready mindset for dual credit students

Beginning this school year, South Texas College in partnership with Weslaco East High School have begun a unique pilot program aiming to foster a college-ready mindset among dual credit students. A first among Valley high schools, STC has started the initiative in Weslaco and hopes to extend it to other schools in the region. Looking to cut out the middleman for students who are registering for college courses for the first time, the program allows them to take responsibility for the initial stage of their college experience. “We’re trying to promote a college going culture in our dual … Read More …

South Texas College selected for Texas Success Center’s Pathways Project

South Texas College has been selected to participate in a statewide program with the goal to improve students’ transition from public education into community colleges. Joining Texas Success Center’s Pathways Project, STC looks to assist those students who are on their way to certification, or who are transferring into 4-year institutions towards meaningful careers. STC is among 12 community colleges representing all regions of Texas that have committed to revisiting student success. “We were pleased to have received competitive applications from community colleges across the state,” … Read More …

South Texas College Partners with Healthcare Consortium for $2.6 Million Job-Training Grant

South Texas College (STC) has partnered with a Healthcare Consortium to provide job training for 2,961 new and incumbent workers using a $2,602,165 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). The grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley area. “Through local partnerships, this skills development grant will build on the investment of future healthcare professionals in the community with customized training resources and providing advanced opportunities for highly skilled workers in the Rio Grande Valley,” said TWC Commissioner … Read More …

Student of the Week: Shamar A. A-Laself

If there was anything life experience has taught Shamar A. A-Laself, it’s the fact that along with family, education is one of the most important parts of life. An Army veteran, mentor, coach and former teacher, Shamar says he’s familiar with the difficulties of reentering college later in life. Formerly a physical therapist in the making at South Texas College, Shamar, 40, has received a scholarship to attend the University of New Mexico in the fall. “Education is one of the most important things in life just like family,” Shamar said. “Coming back to school at this age is really just a … Read More …

South Texas College invites the community to its next Registration Round-Up at Pharr Teaching Center, Aug. 2

To better serve residents in Hidalgo County, South Texas College (STC) is now offering expanded opportunities to take courses and register for the Fall 2016 semester at the Pharr Teaching Center. A Registration Round-Up is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the South Texas College Pharr Teaching Center located at 1100 E. Business Hwy 83 in Pharr from 3:00 p.m.to 7:00 p.m. Students and the general public are invited to attend this free event that will make the registration process more convenient and accessible. “I would like to invite the community to come and get to know us,” … Read More …